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!

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for 2017

Please check out MG Projects List for 2016 for general info.
Weekly information will be posted on this page.

-Seed Stuffing for Grow Flagstaff
Seed Library
Coconino County Extension
July 27, 10am-2pm - every 4th  Thurs. starting in January.
Extension taking seeds for the library when open.

-Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens
July 22, 10am-3pm
Many opportunities for volunteering
Contact Jennifer Quartermain

Picture Canyon
July 22, August 12
See blog for details

Olivia White Hospice Home Garden
Regular workdays are Mon. & Thurs,
from 9am-12pm
Orientation required - contact
Crys Wells for info -

Riordan Mansion Gardens
Work day this Saturday.  I am planning to buy a Utah Service (Amelanchier utahensis) for behind the butterfly garden.  This is a great low water shrub that attracts pollinators.  This was Kari Usher's idea and I think a great one.  That said we will be digging a hole for it, amending the soil and planting it.  We will also plan to do the usual clean up.  I am sure there is a lot of dead heading to do.  I am excited to see how things are doing with the wonderful rain we are having.  Thank you to Barbie Carlile, Deb Crisp and Kari Usher who came last time.  Also thanks to Amy Caldwell for all the work on the veggie garden.  We couldn't do it without you wonderful volunteers.  Hope to see you there.  Come anytime between 930 and Noon and you will find us. Remember to sign in at the desk.Contact for future dates:
Debi Stalvey 928-699-3504

Michael Moore Medicinal Plant Garden  - Willow Bend Environmental Center
Project available throughout the summer. See blog for details .

Celtic Festival
July 15-16, 2017
Fox Glen Park
Sign up to volunteer to help in the Plant and Geology Tent
Or contact Vicky Neary, volunteer coordinator at:                  

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