Coconino Master Gardener Association

From Cindy Murray a male robin bathing in a bird bath surrounded by Sunflowers. A perfect August photo.

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 Library Workdays
4th Thursday, September 28
Coconino County Extension

Friends of Willow Bend Gardens  Help restore the gardens at Willow Bend! Tasks include weeding, pulling and snipping willow suckers, removing shrubs, and clearing away rocks and debris.
Gloves and tools are provided, or bring your favorite tools if you’d like. Contact Kathleen Satterfield:
Dates :
September 18 Monday
September 19 Tuesday
If you’re interested  email Kathleen and she’ll keep you posted on future opportunities.
Olivia White Hospice Home Garden
Regular workdays are Mon. & Thurs,
from 9am-12pm
Orientation required - contact
Crys Wells for info -

Riordan Mansion Gardens
Thanks to the rain, and our hard work, things are really looking great!  Also, good news, the watering system has been fixed.  In addition, we were told by Nikki that the porch project is actually going to start.  Hopefully it will be done by Saturday, cross your fingers.  Unless we get a frost I think things will continue to look very nice for several more weeks.  We will plan on keeping up with dead heading and general pruning. We are going to move some torch plants out of the dry garden by the visitor's center, replacing with some plants that are growing outside their designated beds by the back of the house.  Hope you can join us, the weather should be pleasantly cool.  
As always bring water and I will bring snacks.  Will plan to start around 930 and go to about noon.
Contact for future work dates:
Debi Stalvey 928-699-3504

Michael Moore Medicinal Plant Garden  - Willow Bend Environmental Center
Work has begun at the site of the new circle (utilities)at Olivia White Hospice,  so moving the garden has also begun.  Project available throughout the summer. See blog for details .

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