Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Loni Shapiro
One of my favorite spring flowers from my old yard. One of many species tulips that the new owner can enjoy. Check out google for photos of many more you can add to your yard.
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 (

Viola's Flower Garden
610 S. State Route 89a
Pansy Party
Saturday, April 8, 12-3pm

Seed and the Untold Story
Monday, April 10, 630-930pm
Tickets  from the Orpheum Theater

Seed Starting Class
Tues., April 11, 6-8pm
Coconino County Extension
Jackee Alston

Flagstaff Chapter
AZ Native Plant Society
Tuesday, April 18, 7pm
Genus Brickelia
Dr. Randall Scott
MNA-Pearson Hall

Viola's Flower Garden
610 S. State Route 89a
Tomato Fest
April 29-30, from 12-4pm

Flagstaff Chapter
AZ Native Plant Society
Tuesday, May 17, 7pm
Monitoring Edaptic Endemics of the Verde Valley - Kris Haskins
MNA-Pearson Hall
Field trip - Verde Valley Botanical Area
Sunday, May  22, 830am
carpool AZ Credit Union
Butler and Beaver

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

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