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

Saturday, June 30, 2018

Native Plant Society Meeting

The Art and Science of Pollinator Habitat Design
With Molly McCormick and Kate Watters

Molly will discuss her master's thesis research, which investigated pollinator habitat design in arid ecosystems. The study took place in Camp Verde, where pollinator habitat was installed at Shield Ranch and flower visitation was observed. For practitioners and land managers looking to restore pollination systems in arid ecosystems, the results of this study suggest that installing species-rich and florally-abundant habitat islands that persist over time should be a priority. In addition, increasing the quality of forage at a restoration site and the immediate surrounding area can be accomplished by installing habitat islands.

Kate will discuss seed collection and plant propagation efforts of key pollinator species that the Verde Native Seed Cooperative is undertaking and inspire you to take all you have seen and learned and go out and create pollinator habitat.

Arizona Native Plant Society talks are free and open to the public. 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Picture Canyon Volunter Day

Picture Canyon Volunteer Day Saturday, 
June 30th 8am - 11am
Help us reduce the spread of invasive plant species that threaten our native communities
 at Picture Canyon Natural and Cultural Preserve. We provide the tools, snacks, coffee, 
and plant expertise to get the job done!
Meet us at 8am at the main Picture Canyon parking area off of El Paso Flagstaff Road.
Visit our Facebook event page @FlagstaffOpen Space
for more details. Contact Erin O'Keefe at to sign-up.

Sunday, June 17, 2018

Info on Nolo Bait's Unavailability

Nolo Bait will be unavailable until further notice due to issues with production. Please call us at 1-800-827-2847 to discuss suitable alternatives for grasshopper control. Semaspore Bait can also be used to infect, kill and control grasshoppers.
Go to the Arbico site for further info on alternative grasshopper control.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

AZ Native Plant Society Meetings

The meetings of the AZ Native Plant Society are on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7pm at Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church. Check out this link to the flyer for the summer programs.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
Thursday, June 14, 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:  Andrea Huntley, Terra Birds-Community Garden
(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
        Financial Report—Molly Larsen       
Committee Progress Reports:
Summer CMGA Garden Sale - Judy Springer (Event) and Brooke Freeman (MG Table)
  • County Extension office 2304 N. 3rd St. by Noon on 6/15 to be taken to Fort Tuthill.

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens July 21, 2018– Jenny Quarteman and Colleen Tucker 720-560-7575