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 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 
Continuing Education—Gilli Thomas
  • June 14 Andrea Huntley, Terra Birds-Community Garden
  • July 12 Nigel Sparks – Water Harvesting
  • August 9 Speaker TBA - Trees to Grow in Northern Arizona
  • September date TBA Annual Picnic
  • October 11 Jan Busco – Summer in the MNA Gardens
  • November 8 Nigel Sparks – Landscaping
  • December 13 Christmas Party   
Volunteer Support—Tim Ellsworth-Bowers /Crys Wells
Flagstaff Monthly Garden Tours - Susan Thompson and Lori Tamblingson
CMGA Support - Milkweed for Monarch Sunday Market – Andrea Guerrette Blog/Communication – Loni Shapiro
Social – Liz George
MG Projects/Seed Library – Jackie Alston
        Historian—Tammy Valdovino
Fundraising—Open - Need volunteer for fundraising chair/committee.
New Business:
8:25-8:30    Gardening Questions?
Next meeting:    June 14–Andrea Huntley, Terra Birds/Community Garden

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