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

Sunday, January 28, 2018

CMGA Meeting Agenda February

Coconino Master Gardener Agenda
Thursday, February 8, 2018 at 6:30pm
Viola's Flower Garden
610 S. State Route 89a
6:30-6:50pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:50-6:55pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:55-7:45pm    Education:  Steve Alston, Starting with Seed
(15 minute break with refreshments)
8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander 
  Need a volunteer for fundraising chair/committee
  Meeting Venue – CMGA will move back to Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church/Benson Hall 
starting on March 8

        MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
Fall into Gardening 2018
MG Class in Page (8wk class), canceled
MG Class in Flagstaff 2/6-58, 9am-1230pm, Coconino Public Health Bldg. 
  Committee Sign-ups:
Flagstaff Garden Tours
Fall 2018 conference committee
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen
        Committee Progress Reports:
MG Projects—Jackee Alston, Grant applications/Seed Library
Gardening Workshop – Merion Sharp
Summer Garden Sale – Judy Springer       
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
April 12 Carol Chicci - Selecting and Growing Roses in Flagstaff 
May 10 Jim Mast - Growing Tomatoes in Flagstaff
Social – Liz George       
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
        Historian—Tammy Valdovino

8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    March 8 –Season extenders/Jackee Alston

Friday, January 12, 2018

Spring Webinars Available from Oregon Extension

Free, Advanced Training Webinars for MGs
Apologies for cross postings.

Dr. Brooke Edmunds (Extension Master Gardener Faculty in Oregon) is once again hosting free, advanced training webinars for Master Gardeners. While the presenters and focus tends towards Oregon, the topics would be of broad interest (I believe) to MGs, in general.

If you feel that these webinars would be useful for your MGs, or if you know of MGs looking for online CEU opportunities, please share this information with them.

You can take master gardener education credit for these if you participate.  Hattie Braun

Monday, January 8, 2018

Monthly Meeting for the CMGA Agenda

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, January 11, 2018 at 6:30pm
Viola’s Flower Garden
7085 S. State Route 89A
6:30-6:50pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander
President Annual Report
Introduce 2018 Officers – Sherline Alexander-President, Sue Madden-VP,
Molly Larsen-Treasurer, Pam Garcia-Secretary       

6:50-6:55pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:55-7:45pm    Education:  Review of 2017 CMGA Grants for 2017
        Anna Bekerman—Pioneer Museum
        Kathleen Malkhassian—Knowles Elementary School
        Jan Busco—Colton House at MNA
        Chelsea Silva—Friends of the Rio de Flag
        Linda Guarino—Olivia White Hospice

(15 minute break with refreshments)

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
        Meeting Venue – Need volunteer(s) to research where CMGA holds their monthly
          meeting’s and storage for meeting supplies.–SIGN UP SHEET ON TABLE