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, September 23, 2018

Fall Into Gardening Workshop

Coconino Master Gardeners –

Registration for our  October 20th “Fall into Gardening” day of Continuing Education for Coconino and Yavapai Master Gardeners is now open.  The registration information is attached.  When you register you only need to select your lunch option (provided by Wildflower).  You do not need to determine the sessions you will attend until the day of the event.  Space is limited so register as soon as you can; all registrations must be received by October 12th.  If it is more convenient, you may bring your registration to the Coconino Extension office.

You need to be an active Coconino Master Gardener to register. This means at least one volunteer hour on Tim's spreadsheet. You may also elect to volunteer for this event though you will still need to register.

The day’s sessions will provide the 6 continuing education hours.

You will receive a confirmation e-mail from Brandie Gobble when she receives your registration form and $20 fee.

When the speaker bios, presentation descriptions and handouts are available I will let you know.  Like the 2017 “Spring into Gardening”, this is a no frills event.   We ask that you print and bring the information you need. 

The attachment provides a lot of information and will hopefully answer your questions; don’t hesitate to ask if you need more info. See LINK for details and registration.

We hope to see you on October 20.

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, September 22, 2018

Tour De Coop

Do you love your chickens and have a coop that you are proud of? Flagstaff Foodlink is looking for three coops to fill in the Tour De Coop on Saturday October 6th. This is a fun family event that is open to the community where people can bike or drive between the Coops on the tour. Be ready to see some eccentric costumes lively faces. The tour works much like the Garden Tours where people will be touring from 9am-11:30am.

If you would like to be a part of this fun event and show off your chicken coop to the community please contact Brooke Freeman at or Liz Krug at

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

Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Special one-night-only premiere!
The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Gorgeous, meditative documentary on the work
of revolutionary landscape designer Piet Oudolf!

Monday, Oct. 8
at 4 p.m. and 7


Monday, Oct. 8 at 4 and 7 p.m.


Friday, September 21, 2018

Riordan Mansion Newsletter

From the Riordan Mansion newsletter:

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park
Summer Hours (May 1 - Oct 31)
Hours: 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM • Open 7 Days a Week

Tours begin on the hour.  First tour at 10:00 AM and the last tour at 4:00 PM

Reservations for tours are recommended:   928.779.4395
Thanks to a grant from the Coconino Master Gardener Association, the grounds around Riordan Mansion State Historic Park are beautiful.  The Coconino County Master Gardener program emphasizes the needs and challenges of high country gardening. The program involves both classroom learning experience and a hands-on volunteer commitment to share gardening skills with the community. These volunteers have certainly showcased their knowledge at both Riordan Mansion and the Pioneer Museum which also benefited from grant funds in 2018.

Monday, September 17, 2018

Olivia White Hospice Garden Volunteers in 2018

One of the many beautiful roses that Carol Chicci cares for at the Olivia White Hospice Garden.
Morden Sunshine Rose by Crys Wells

Work continues by the city on the circle drive on Turquise and Switzer Canyon on the south end of the garden property. The volunteers have worked around it and have had to move  a memorial garden (Michael Moore) and many plants and trees, but the rest of the garden remains beautiful. Here is a note from Crys Wells on the happenings this year.

What a busy, wonderful gardening season we’ve had!  We’ve survived drought, heat, rain, deer foraging, construction work, and mosquitoes!  Not exactly the 10 Plagues, but enough for one group of gardeners!
This week continued with dead-heading and weeding. We’ve purchased a maple tree to replace Dana’s tree that was damaged (killed?) in the move due to construction.  We are hoping to get it planted in the next couple of weeks.  The roses, once the deer found something else to nosh on, have been lovely!  Even the Harrison’s Yellow Rose that had to be moved (due to construction!) is doing well under Carol’s loving care.  We have been able to utilize LOTS of beautiful, rich mulch that Pam and Frank have nurtured so diligently.  Joe has been actively pruning trees to make them healthier AND more beautiful.  Becky keeps us stocked in hummingbird nectar and Jackie and Sirena tirelessly fill bird feeders most every week; Sirena also helped with seed collection this week. Judith worked on the Rock Garden this week, loving planting a few new items.  Kay’s work in the north gardens is worth an out-of-the way visit if you don’t get to that area much.  The apples are ripening (and some will be unscathed thanks to the sock that Ashley placed on them weeks ago!) and we’ve got LOADS of grapes (seedy but sweet and wonderful) this year.  We snacked on a few on Thursday, but are still waiting for some of the smaller ones to ripen a bit more.  We should be able to take quite a bit of fruit into the house for the residents as it looks like we’ll have some raspberries coming in a bit also.  Suzanna has kept the front of the house looking good, including the flower pots that brighten the entrance.  We’ve been taking turns loving on Linda’s Fairy Garden, which awaits her return.  In the coming weeks, we will need to be dead-heading lavender and cutting back iris (Katarina is away, so we’ll be tending to these this year.)  I haven’t seen Ashley, Judy, Cindy, or Ed in a while, although I’ve heard from Ed.  I hope all are doing well.  Also hoping that we’ll see Vic and Carol at the potluck and that Carol is healed and getting stronger!  It was great to have Loni in the garden in the early weeks…we’ll hope to see her at the potluck.

Just a note from me.....This garden was created by master gardeners and has been a project for about 15 years. They have received several grants from the CMGA. Thanks to all who have helped to make it beautiful for the residents and families.