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, May 23, 2018

2nd Annual CMGA Plant Sale and Festival

 If you want to help with this fundraiser or be a vendor contact Judy Springer at Funds raised from this project support the CMGA. Attached is the link to the vendor application if you are interested  LINK. Deadline to apply for space is June 1.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Willow Bend Volunteering

 Enhance Habitat for Wildlife at Willow Bend on Saturday, May 26 between 8 am and noon.
Join the Friends of Willow Bend Gardens for a fun and meaningful day enhancing wildlife habitat in the gardens. Meet us at Willow Bend any time during the morning to hang water drippers for birds and butterflies, install a bat box and a pole for bird feeders, set up a butterfly house, and more! Please bring a water bottle, sun protection, and gloves. Questions? Contact Susan Lamb at or (928)779-4381.

Below is the flyer in case there’s a way to share it.  Link for flyer
Thank you,

Susan Lamb
(928) 779-4381

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Conservation Study Forum Meeting

Reconciliation Ecology

The Science of inventing, establishing and maintaining new habitats to conserve species diversity in places where people live, work and play.

This I see as the over-arching concept. It might apply to the landscaping around a commercial business in town, but also to a national park or wilderness area. As Rosenzweig points out, there is now virtually no place on earth that has not been affected by human activity. We may have to be active in parks and wilderness areas as climate change, invasive species and other human impacts take their toll.

Wednesday, May 9, 2018

CMGA May Meeting

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, May 10, 2018 at 6:30pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall
1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome-Sherline Alexander   
6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speakers—Gilli Thomas
6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Jim Mast, Growing Tomatoes in Flagstaff
(15 minute break with refreshments)
7:45-8:00pm      Raffle Prize Drawing – $1 each or 6 for $5 - Must be present to win

8:00-8:25pm    Business Meeting—Sherline Alexander
MG Coordinator Happenings—Hattie Braun
  • 2018 Flagstaff Home and Garden Show—Review
  • Earth Day—April 21 at Bushmaster Park—Review
  • Beginning Gardener talks –Started at Viola’s Pansy Party
  • CMGA Hotline and email
  • Fall into Gardening 10/20/2018/David Salman is the speaker/Trinity Heights

        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Summer Garden Sale – Judy Springer
Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker 720-560-7575
  • 4 CMGA volunteers - hang posters
  • 2 CMGA volunteers - hand out flyers Arboretum Plant sale July 14
  • 2 CMGA volunteers - sell tickets Viola’s Flower Garden July 21
  • 12 CMGA volunteers - hosts/ two per garden July 21 

Saturday, May 5, 2018

Willow Bend CMGA Grant

This year the CMGA supported Willow Bend through one of our annual grants. They have begun a big clean-up project and refurbishing the gardens there. Susan Lamb Bean sent me some of the before and after photos of their pruning. She expressed thanks for the grant they received in helping getting this project done.


Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Nolo bait for Grasshoppers

Nolo Bait 
Master Gardener Jean Hockman will once again make a bulk order of NOLO bait - the organic control for grass hoppers - to share with Master Gardeners and friends.

By bulk ordering, the cost will be approximately $6.00 per pound.

If you want to be included in this order, email and state your name, email address and number of pounds you want.  

Jean will place the order on May 15. No orders will be accepted after May 15. 

When the grasshopper bait arrives she will contact you by email to pick up your order and pay by cash or check.

For detailed information about NOLO and how much to use visit

Happy Gardening

Jean Hockman