Coconino Master Gardener Association

Currently, warblers of several species are migrating through Flagstaff towards Canada and beyond. The Yellow Warblers, like this little guy are often an exception. They frequently choose to remain in Flagstaff throughout the summer. All of the warblers are busily searching the innermost branches of shrubs and trees for insects.
Photo by Cindy Murray.

Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners' Association Blog. The mission of the Coconino Master Gardener Program is to support the University of Arizona by providing researched-based information on environmentally responsible gardening and landscaping to the public. The program creates a corps of well-informed volunteers, and delivers quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The mission of the association is to provide support for those volunteers and Master Gardener graduates, continuing education, and opportunities to participate in community programs that increase the visibility and participation in the Master Gardener Program.
On this site you will find gardening news, links, a calendar for local events, volunteer opportunities, book reviews, agenda/minutes for our association monthly meetings, and association documents and contacts.
The Coconino County Master Gardener Association was founded in 2009 by a small group of master gardeners with the help of Hattie Braun the Director of the MG Program. After several small meetings it was opened to all master gardeners on May 21st, 2009. Meetings are held monthly on the 2rd Thursday of each month from 6:30pm - 8:30pm. We meet at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church (1601 N. San Francisco). The agenda usually includes continuing education and a short business meeting. Watch this blog for the agenda and minutes for all meetings. Contacts for the association (officers and committee chairs) are listed at the bottom of this blog.

Reporting Master Gardener Hours

All master gardener trainees and certified master gardeners need to report their hours.
Beginning in 2010 certified master gardeners need to have 6 Education hours and 12 Volunteer hours in order to maintain certification.The on line reporting system allows you to report Education or Volunteer hours.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Crys Wells or Hattie Braun. Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under
Link to reporting

Ideas for hours------
--Attend monthly meetings
--Work on an association committee
--Work at an informational booth for the Master Gardeners
--Be a speaker about gardening topics at a variety of venues

--Host a garden tour
--Work at the home show
--Work at a MG site (Olivia White Hospice, the Arboretum, Riordan Mansion, or school gardens (many others)). Check out the Assoc. Doc. & Forms under Volunteer Sites.
--Work in the Extension office
--Write an article for the newspaper column -Gardening Excetera
-Volunteer with the Seed Library
Be creative! There are many ways to fulfill your hours. Just remember for volunteering it needs to be a non-profit endeavor or an approved for profit site.

Change in Contact Information

Have you moved or changed your e-mail address, but would still like to be contacted about high elevation gardening information from the Extension? The Coconino County Extension Master Gardener Program has a site that will let you change your information on-line.

Click here to change your contact information!

Event Calendar

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

LEAF Conference on Edible AZ Trees

Please join us September 22 - 24 for a lively conference highlighting how to bring edible trees to Arizona's urban areas – edible trees are those that produce fruits, seeds, nuts and pods that suit people's tastes.

The LEAF Network is partnering with the Tucson City of Gastronomy to present information for public, private and NGO planners (Friday) and community members (Saturday), and to provide tours of edible tree sites (Sunday). We are holding the conference at the Tucson Chinese Cultural Center, 1288 West River Road.

We are providing free tables for nonprofit, school and government organizations in the lobby to display information. We also have sponsorship and tabling opportunities for businesses. If you would like to reserve a table, please contact me,

For more information, go to
Please forward this message widely to all who might be interested.

I hope you can join us!

Ann Audrey, LEAF Network

Sunday, August 20, 2017

New Volunteer Opportunity

Friends of Willow Bend Gardens
Volunteer Plan
August - September, 2017

Please join us in preparing the gardens for this year's programs at the Willow Bend
Environmental Education Center, 703 E. Sawmill Road.

Kathleen Satterfield:
If you’re interested but unavailable on these dates, email Kathleen and she’ll keep you posted
on future opportunities.
Schedule: 9 am - 12 noon (day's work is finished and area is cleaned up by noon).

August 28 Monday
September 1 Friday
September 5 Tuesday
September 7 Thursday
September 11 Monday
September 13 Wednesday
September 15 Friday
September 18 Monday
September 19 Tuesday
Gloves and tools are provided, or bring your favorite tools if you’d like.

Pollinator Garden: finish south section - groom and plant
Arch Garden: remove stone chips, weed, tidy up
East Slope (below fence): weed
Meadow Garden: weed and re-seed; keep moist
Entrance Garden: pull and snip Woods' rose and locust, remove any weeds
Peripheral areas: pull and snip invasive ramets, weed
Between garden perimeters and flagstones: weed and/or apply weed cloth
Move cold-frame somewhere out of sight

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