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

Gardening Etcetera Columns

All current articles can be found on The AZ Daily Sun.


26 6/27/15 Litude Sing Cuccu
25 6/20/15 Rap Gardens
24 6/13/15 Roses and Atoms
23 6/6/15 Gardening Without Mercy
22 5/30/13 Optomist
21 5/23/13 Urban Landscape
20 5/16/15 Roses
19 5/9/15 Chheten
18 5/2/15 Lush Landscaping
17 4/25/15 Seeds
16 4/18/15 Meat and Potatoes
15 4/11/15 Beans and Writes
14 4/4/15 Raising Ponderosa
13 3/28/15 Visible Signs of Inward Graces
12 3/21/15 Interlopers of the Botanical Kind
11 3/14/15 50 Years Ago in Selma
10 3/7/15 Flagstaff Smells Fantastic
9 2/28/15 Beets
8 2/21/15 So Many Legs
7 2/14/15 Everything Else
6 2/7/15 When Winter Comes
5 1/31/15 Also Sprach Meine Oberfrau
4 1/24/15 Ft. Valley Experimental Forest
3 1/17/15 The Answer Man: Compost
2 1/10/15 My Life as a Pumpkin
1 !/3/15 Gardening 101; Manufacturing Soil


52 12/27/14 Pinyon Jays
51 12/20/14 Onions and the National Weather Service
50 12/13/14 Revival of Flagstaff's Poor Farm III
49 12/6/14 Gardening 101: Counter Intelligence
48 11/29/14 The Unstopable Dr. Plant
47 11/22/14 The Answer Man: Festive Brussel Sprouts
46 11/15/14 The Importance of Connection
45 11/8/14 Grass, Gravel, and Wildflowers
44Flagstaff Community Market 11/1/14
43Gardening as a Form of Art 10/25/14
42Bees 10/18/14
41Too Deep for Words 10/11/14
40 Revival of Flagstaff's Poor Farm 2 10/4/14
39 My Life as a Weed 9/27/14
38 Winterizing Your Landscape  9/20/14
37 Irises: Messengers of the Gods 9/13/14
36 A Bird in Hand 9/6/14
35 A Gardem for All Seasons 8/30/14
34 Near Miss 2 02 8/23/14
33 Near Miss 1 of 2 8/16/14
32 A Stream of Gardeners 8/9/14
31 Secret Life of Penstemon 8/2/14
30 Aphids, White Flies, and Politics 7/26/14
29 Masterful Master Gardening 7/19/14
28 McCormick Rose 7/12/14
27 Gopher Broke 7/5/14
26 A Man With a Past 6/28/14
25 Dream, Wake Up, and Work 6/21/14
24 An Early Harvest, Sans Merci 6/14/14
23 Deciphering Gardenspeak 6/7/14
22 Underground Asian Vegetable 5/31/14
21 Revival of a Flagstaff Poor Farm 5/24/15
20 Googling a Proximity 5/17/14
19 A Job Well Done 5/10/14
18 The Answer Man 5/3/14
17 Gardening In the Zone 4/26/13
16 A Gardening Quadriplex of Backyard Delights 4/19/13
15 Romancing Rhubarb 4/12/14
14 RX in the Garden: Oregano 4/5/14
13 Caressing a Garden 3/29/14
12 Friend or Foe: Wind in Flagstaff 3/22/14
11 Onions, a Bundle of Leaves 3/15/14
10 Allure of Legumes 3/8/14
9  To Prune or Not to Prune 3/1/14
8  The Perils and Glories of Tomatoes 2/22/14
7  The Stories Seeds Tell 2/15/14
6  A Gardening Triage 2/8/14
5  Petite & Katrina 2/1/14
4  Cruciferous 1/25/14
3  The Eyes Have It 1/18/14
2  Charlotte's Cheshire Garden 1/11/14
1  A Kinder Shaggier Garden 1/4/14



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