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

Educational Opportunities and Events

Educational Opportunities and Events

To list an event, please email   Loni Shapiro (

Electric  Light & Sound Experience
Desert Botanical Garden
Oct 12 -May 12, 2019 for info & tickets

Electric  Light & Sound Experience
Desert Botanical Garden
Oct 12 -May 12, 2019 for info & tickets

Water Conservation and Urban Trees Meeting
Friday,  April 26, 10:00 - noon at the extension office

Spring Volunteer Garden Kick-off Day
Willow Bend
Fri., Sat., April 26 &27 830am-1pm
See blog for details

Viola's Flower Garden
Tomato Fest
Saturday, April 27, 2019

Flagstaff Community Market
Sundays, May 5-October 20,
City Hall

Early Season Seedling Swap & Sale
May 4- 10am-1pm
Colton Gardens
Early Bloomers & Cool Season Grasses
10am - Jan Busco
See blog for details

CMGA Monthly Meeting
Thurs. May 9, 2019 - 630pm
Annuals presented by Robin from Viola's
Celebration of 10 years as an association at break time.

Willow Bend Environmental Ed.
 DIY Kombucha
May 11,  10am - 12pm
Mike Dechter

Free Gardening Open House Saturday, May 18  from 9-11 am
East Valley Baptist Church,  10655 N. US Hwy 89 Flagstaff.
See blog for details

Flagstaff Native Plant Society
Tuesday, May 21st, 7pm
Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church
 Mike Masek: Energetic Herbalism

MNA - Garden Tour - Jan Busco
June 1, 10am, Golightly Courtyard
Exhibits Building
See Blog for details

Flagstaff Urban Flea Market
June 8, July 13, Aug 10, Sept 14, Oct 12
City Hall

CMGA Plant Sale/Garden Festival
June 15, 8am-1pm - Fairgrounds at Fort Tuthill
Contact Judy Springer

Willow Bend Environmental Education
June 22,  10am - 12pm
Medicinal Plant Walk & Elderberry Elixir
Mike Masek

MNA - Garden Tour - Jan Busco
July 13, 10am
Living Roof, ECC, Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden
Colton Gardens
See blog for details

Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens
July 20, 2019, 10am-3pm
Maps and ticket at Viola's Flower Garden  - $12
To volunteer see  below

MNA - Garden Tour - Jan Busco
August 1, 10am
Colton House, Coyote Range
Colton Gardens
See blog for details

MNA - Garden Tour - Jan Busco
September 7, 10am
Community Garden, Meadows
Colton Gardens
See blog for details

MNA - Garden Tour - Jan Busco
October 5, 10am
Grasses, Seeds & Asters
Colton Gardens
See blog for details