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

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities for 2019

Please check out MG Projects List for 2019 for general info.
Weekly information will be posted on this page.

-Seed Library
4/25/19 10am-2pm
Every 4th Thursday
-CMGA Plant Sale/Garden Festival
June 15, 8am
Need volunteers
Contact Judy Springer
-Flagstaff Tour of Artful Gardens
July 20, 2019
10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Need pre tour and tour volunteers
Jennifer Quartermain

Olivia White Hospice Garden
Orientation and Lunch
First workday Thursday,  April 25
Orientation required prior to working in the garden

High Country Rescue (Old Second Chance) has raised beds at the Doney Park site.  Stacie DaBolt would like some Master Gardeners to tend/plant/weed these beds.  Please call Stacie DaBolt at 928-526-0742 if interested.   Mary Gaseau has volunteered, others may be needed

Picture Canyon Weed Walks
Join volunteers from the Picture Canyon Working Group to remove invasive weeds at Picture Canyon during Wednesday Weed Walks. These volunteer events will take place every 1st and 3rd Wednesday of the month from May through August. Bring your own shovels if you have them. Additional tools will be available for those who need them.
Meet at the main parking area on El Paso Flagstaff Road at 7:00am. Please make sure to bring water, sun protection, and sturdy shoes.
Contact Kaeli Wells, Open Space Events and Outreach Coordinator at for more info. 

East Valley Baptist Church
We are seeking MGs to help answer questions from the public, and teach seminars on "Beginning Your Garden," and "Soil-your garden's success starts here," Saturday, May 18 at our Garden
Open House for our community.  We will be offering more seminars every other Saturday through out the summer. For more information contact Daryl Bennett at 928-527-8977 or
Daryl Bennett

Riordan Mansion
Our first planned date will be Saturday April 27th and then every other Saturday thru June.  In July we will have a conflict with the "artful gardens" tour, but we will address that when we get closer.  We will plan to meet approximately 10am to noon.  Sign in at the front desk and then look for us.  Bring your own water, there is a fountain to refill at.  I will bring snacks and have extra tools.  Please bring your own tools if you have favorites.  I will send reminders out the week of a planned date.  I look forward to working with you all this spring/summer.  
If you have any questions, ideas or concerns you can email me back or call 928-699-3504

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