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

Monday, December 18, 2017

Wildflowers of Coconino Calendar for 2018

If you are looking for a Christmas gift for a gardener who loves cats here is an  idea. We don't have a calendar this year so if you want to look at wildflowers all year try this.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

Spring Master Gardener Classes 2018

Coconino Cooperative Extension will once again offer the Master Gardener Training Courses in Flagstaff
Class will start Feb. 6, 2018 and run through May 8, 2018. Class will meet every Tuesday morning from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm at  the County Health Bldg, 2625 N. King St.t. Cost is $230 and will include a copy of the Arizona Master Gardener Manual.
For an application, please e-mail Brandie Gobble at
Class size is limited to 24 this spring and the class is first come first serve so don't delay.

Call Coconino County Extension 928-773-6100 to register

Thank you for your interest in the Master Gardener Program.

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

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program

The 2018 Colorado Plateau Native Plant Program (CPNPP) Annual Meeting will be February 5-7, 2018, in Grand Junction, CO, at the Doubletree Hotel.  It's shaping up to be a fascinating event!

Schedule:  1 pm Monday the 5th through Tuesday the 6th, including a Monday evening poster session reception.  Half-day field trip to a nearby restoration trial and the McInnis Canyons National Conservation Area on Wednesday the 7th, weather permitting.  

This event is free to attend.  
Group lodging information is at the bottom of this email.

Background:  This annual multi-stakeholder meeting brings together industry, agencies, practitioners, NGOs and researchers to advance our ability to put "The right seed in the right place at the right time" in the greater Colorado Plateau region of Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico.  The CPNPP is led by the Bureau of Land Management’sPlant Conservation Program effort to work with all stakeholders to implement the National Seed Strategy for Rehabilitation and Restoration

Special focus for 2018:  We particularly invite those working in a Reclamation context to join us.

To Register and Submit Proposed Content:  Follow instructions below and reply to this email by December 22.  We welcome presentations of different types as well as Focal Sessions or working groups/ break-out activities.  

Topics of interest for this meeting include:
·        The Plant Materials Market/ Economics
·        Seed Testing and Certification
·        Seed and Seedling Collection and Production
·        Plant Materials Research & Development Pipeline
·        All aspects of use in Reclamation and Restoration
·        Case Studies and Best Management Practices
·        Communication and Education
·        New & Improved Tools and Techniques
·        Wildlife and Pollinator Habitat
·        Data Management and Analyses
·        Partnerships and Policy at all Scales

Meeting information will be posted and updated periodically on the CPNPP Meetings webpage, where you can also view the 2017 Program and presentations. 

Contact me, Adrienne Pilmanis, CPNPP Coordinator, with any questions: apilmani@blm.gov503-544-6465.

I look forward to seeing you in Grand Junction!