Coconino Master Gardener Association

A roadrunner in Cindy Murray's yard in timberline. You may want to encourage these birds in your yard as Cindy's said they like to eat tomato horn worm pupa.

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 Viola's Flower Garden (610 S. 89A (site of the old Jackson's Grill)). 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 (

CMGA Garden Grant Applications
Deadline February 20
Forms on blog

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Feb.22, 10am, 2018
Volunteers at Slide Rock Park
Kathy Shaw

Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop
Yavapai - Chino Valley
Feb. 24, 2018

Flagstaff Seed Swap
March 9, 4-7pm
Coconino County Extension

CMGA Spring Workshops
March 24-25, 2018
Shepherd of the Hills Luthern Church,
Benson Hall, 1601 N. San Francisco
Merion Sharp is the contact person -.  
See blog for details

AZ Native Plant Society
Tuesday, March 27, 7 pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Drawing and Painting Wildflowers Throughout the West with Linda Vorobik  Enjoy the beautiful world of botanical illustrations with Berkeley Research Associate Linda Vorobik. Linda will also be selling her color work as originals, prints, and cards.

Flagstaff Home & Garden Show
April 13-15, 2018
NAU fieldhouse

AZ Native Plant Society
Tuesday, April 17, 7pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Plants, Inspiring the People: Reflections on Hualapai Ethnobotany of the Grand Canyon With Carrie Cannon
Where lies the cure to diabetes? “Ask the prickly pear, or the mesquite bean pod…maybe they will tell you.” Learn how native plants have historically been used by the Hualapai Tribe from Hualapai ethnobotanist, Cannon.

April 21, 2018
Watch for upcoming events

AZ Native Plant Society
Tuesday, May 15, 7pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
Seed Collection and Processing
with Janice Busco
Growing plants from seed is possible if you know the right tricks. Horticulturalist and educator Jan Busco will teach us when and how to collect seeds and how to process them for successful germination.

Master Gardener Plant Sale & Garden Festival
Saturday June 16, 2018
Fort Tuthill County Park 
Contact Judy Springer at

15th Annual AZ Annual Botany Meeting
AZ Native Plant Society
July 28-29 - save the dates
Pinaleño Mountains

Fall into Gardening
October 20 - tentatively
Advanced MG Workshops