Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a molting yellow rumped warbler eating aphids on her peach tree in Timberline. She likes to call him "Scruffles".

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 (

Flagstaff Community Market
Sundays - May 14 - Oct. 15, 8am-12pm
City Hall Parking Lot
Wednesdays - June 21-Sept. 6.  4-7pm
Pine Forest School
Flagstaff Chapter
AZ Native Plant Society
Tuesday, May 16, 7pm, MNA, Pearson Bldg.
Identifying Cactus and their Uses
Susan Holiday

Intro to Backyard Beekeeping
May 20-21, 10am-3pm
Flagstaff Sustainability Program
Patrick Pynes - $150

Summer Agricultural Institute
K-12 Teachers
June 5-9
Maricopa, Yavapai, & Coconino Counties - see blog for details

Fruit Tree Care in Edible Urban Landscapes
June 9, 830a-500p
Flagstaff Hirsh Center
3350 Old Munds Highway
$125 - see blog for details.

Red Rock Lavender Festival
June 22-25 & June 29-July 2
9am - 3pm daily, cost $5
Concho, AZ

Want to Grow a Better World:  Agrarian Skills for Positive Change
June 23-25
NAU - SSLUG Garden workshop
Jan Busco
Fee $150 - see blog or contact Jan Busco for details (

CMGA Plant Sale
June 24, 9am-1pm
Contact Cindy Krznarich for details or a table.

International Master Gardener Conference
Portland, OR.
July 10-14, 2017
Early registration - Oct. 10 2016-Jan. 13, 2017

CMGA Summer Garden Tours
Saturday, July 22
Details  TBA