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, November 15, 2017

Well Water Workshop

Master Gardeners: We are offering a free well-water workshop on Saturday, Dec. 9 from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm at 2625 N. King St. I've attached a flyer with more information. This is a down-to-earth seminar to help well users learn how wells work and function, and how to keep your water safe for use and drinking.  Don’t think that this seminar will be too “technical” for you.  This is a seminar where science is explained in simple terms (and you can ask questions!).
Please help spread the word and RSVP to Brandie Gobble  at (928)773-6110 or if you plan to attend. 


Hattie Braun

County Director
Assistant in Extension
Master Gardener Program Coordinator
Coconino Cooperative Extension
University of Arizona
2304 N. 3rd St.
Flagstaff, AZ  86004

Phone: (928)773-6118
Fax: (928)774-1860

CMGA Holiday Party

Coconino Master Gardener Association Holiday Party

  • CMGA/Cindy Krznarich
  • 928-225-1698
  • Thursday, December 7 at 6:30 PM
  • Please RSVP and bring a wrapped garden gift (new or slightly used) for the White Elephant Gift Exchange (approx. $15 value)
    Please bring food for the potluck - main, side, salad, or dessert for 8-10.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, November 09, 2017 – 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A

6:30pm – 6:40pm     Welcome – Sherline Alexander
      Volunteer opportunity announcements

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

6:45pm – 7:45pm     Education: Steve Alston – “From Seed to Loaf:  The Science of Natural Bread Baking”

7:45pm – 8:00pm     Refreshment break

8:00pm – 8:25pm     Business Meeting – Sherline Alexander       
MG Coordinator Happenings - Hattie Braun
Financial report –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: December 7 – Holiday Party potluck:  RSVP e-invite, bring gift for exchange

Educational and Volunteer Opportunities from the blog (