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, October 18, 2017

Preserving the Harvest Documents

This is a post from our last meeting on October 12th from Cindy Krznarich. It includes information from her talk - recipes and resources. Each link has printable pages.
Link 1
Your Essential Well Being
Link 2
Fermented Vegetable Recipes
Link 3
Local Resources
Contact Cindy at 928-255-1698 for any questions.

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, October 12, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

 6:30pm – 6:40pm             Welcome – Sherline Alexander
         Discussion of CMGA election
         Fundraising committee opening
         Committee signup for Spring educational classes and for Fall 2018 conference

6:40pm – 6:45pm             Introduction of Speaker – Gilli Thomas

6:45pm – 7:45pm             Education: Cindy Krznarich on “Preserving your Harvest”

7:45pm – 8:00pm             15 minute break (refreshments)

8:00pm – 8:25pm             Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander               

         MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
         Financial report – Sue Madden for Molly Larsen
         Committee Reports:
                   Volunteer Support – Crys Wells
                   Fundraising – Cindy Krznarich
                   Continuing Education – Gilli Thomas
                         December:  CMGA Holiday Party
                   MG Projects – Jackee Alston
                   Historian – Tammy Valdovino

8:25pm – 8:30pm             Gardening Questions?

Next meeting: November 9:  Steve Alston – “From Seed to Loaf:  The Science of Natural Bread Baking”

Friday, October 6, 2017

Volunteering - Friends of the Verde River Greenway

Pollinators are pillars of native ecosystems and they are in decline.  Friends of Verde River Greenway is designing, planting and maintaining several pollinator gardens in the Verde Valley. We will be hosting volunteer weeding/planting days at Shield Ranch, in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. 

Click here to RSVP!

Meet at Shield Ranch. From Camp Verde, head east on Highway 260 (about 5 miles from I-17) then take a R on Sierra Verde Rd. That road winds around to become Sierra Land and then Pearce Lane. Look for a sign for Shills Crossing, make a left and you come to West Clear Creek-cross over the creek and look for signs. 

Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are comfortable to work in. We will provide tools, snacks and interesting facts about pollinators!

Native Grass Planting Project at Rezzonico Park

Friday, October 13, 2017  
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. 

The Friends of Verde River Greenway, with support from the Nature Conservancy (TNC), will be planting a native grass demonstration field to increase public interest in landscaping with drought tolerant native plants to increase water conservation efforts. We are partnering with the Town of Camp Verde at Rezzonico Park (across from the public library) to grow a half-acre of wild-collected native grasses to showcase the production of drought tolerant native grasses for the public. The proposed half-acre grass field will be comprised of wild-collected native grasses from the area, including blue gramma, cane bluestem, sand dropseed, giant sacaton, and bull grass. These grasses will increase wildlife habitat, including food for birds, nesting habitat for pollinators, reduce bare ground, and beautify Rezzonico Park with native plants.

Click here to RSVP

Meet at Rezzonico Park (next to the Camp Verde Library 130 Black Bridge Loop Rd, Camp Verde). Bring a lunch, water, sun hat, close-toed shoes and clothes that are comfortable to work in. We will provide refill water, snacks, tools and supplies, and fun facts about native grass.

Community Kayak Day with the Clarkdale Kayak Company and One for the Verde

Saturday, October 14, 2017
Clarkdale, AZ

Two Guided Trips: 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

This special day will support One for the Verde. Take a float on the Verde River for the special 1/2 price rate of $40.00. Experience the beauty of the Verde River up close with experiences guides. 

Space is limited so call: 800 478-4711, to book your spot today!

Lunch with the Tamarisk Coalition

Thursday, October 19, 2017
Cottonwood Recreation Center

Join us for a complementary lunch and learn about efforts to restore crucial habitat across rivers across the Colorado River Basin as well as efforts here in the Verde Watershed. Space is limited, so please click here to RSVP today!

Red Flat Meadow Restoration & Erosion Control Project

Saturday, October 21, 2017 
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. 

With our partner the National Forest Foundation, volunteers will with help implement the final stage of the erosion control work by moving down vegetation to gullies to catch and hold sediment. This simple technique will go a long way to protect the Verde River and downstream water supply. 

For more information visit: