Coconino Master Gardener Association

Another beauty from Cindy Murray -gaillardia.

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!

Educational Opportunities and Events

Educational Opportunities and Events

To list an event, please email   Loni Shapiro (

Flagstaff Community Market
Sundays, May 6-October 21
8am-12pm City Hall Parking Lot

AZ Native Plant Society Meeting
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Tues., June 19, 7pm
Archivist Richard “Q” Quartaroli will speak on the life and work of Grand Canyon botanist Rose Collom.  See blog for details.

Sunnyside Community Market
Wed. June 20, 4-7pm
Market of Dreams, 7th Ave. & 4th St.

Native Plant Walk & Oil Making
Willow Bend Center
Sat., June23 - Mike Macek to register

Native Plant Society Walk
Sunday, June 26th, 830am
Meet at Credit Union Parking Lot
Glenn Rink offered to lead a hike on Sunday, June 24th to search for Potentilla sanguinea, Flagstaff cinquefoil, a rare locally endemic species. High clearance vehicle need.

Permaculture 101
Willow Bend Center
Saturday, July 14 - Scott Ross to register

Arboretum at Flagstaff
Summer Plant Sale & Penstemon  Fest
July 14, Members only 9am-11am
General Public 11am-4pm

Flagstaff Urban Flea Market
July 14, Aug 11, Sept 8, Oct 13
9am-2pm , Flagstaff City Hall Parking

AZ Native Plant Society Meeting
Tues., July 17, 7-8pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
The Art and Science of Pollinator Habitat Design
With Molly McCormick and Kate Watters. See blog for details.

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens
Saturday, July 21, 10am-3pm
Maps available that morning from Violas Flower Garden
See Volunteer Opportunities needed for more info

15th Annual AZ Annual Botany Meeting
AZ Native Plant Society
Sat. & Sun., July 28-29 - save the dates
Pinaleño Mountains

Willow Bend Center
Wed., August21 - McKenzie Jones to register

AZ Native Plant Society Meeting
Tues., August 17, 7-8pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church Melissa McMaster
Melissa will discuss the recent revegetation project in the Grand Canyon.  See blog for details.

Northern AZ Pollinator Festival
Northern Arizona Pollinator Habitat Initiative
Buffalo Park
September 8, 10am-2am