CMGA General Info

A ray of hope this fall. The passage of time along with a bountiful 2021 monsoon has at long last brought gorgeous fall colors on the eastern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks, which had burned severely in the Schultz Fire of 2010.
Photo by Cindy Murray.

Welcome to the Coconino County Master Gardeners Association blog. The mission of the Master Gardener Program is to create a corps of well-informed volunteers, and to deliver quality horticultural education programs adapted to our regional high elevation environment. The purpose 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.
The Coconino Master Gardener Association (2009) began in 2009. This blog contains information on:
-How to become a member
-Volunteer and Education hours reporting
-Calendar of Events
-General gardening information articles
-Master Gardener Association Documents and forms
-References and Resources
-Interesting Websites and Blogs
-Old Gardening Etcetera columns
-Book Reviews
-How to contact Board or Committee Members
Meetings are held monthly on the 2nd Thursday from 630pm - 8;30pm. We meet at the Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church at 1601 N. San Francisco. This includes continuing education and a business meeting.

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 Etcetera
-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

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

CMGA Meeting Agenda


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda 

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall & Zoom

1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Thursday, October 14, 2021


6:15-6:30pm    Outside Social Time/Newcomers Welcome

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome -Frank Branham

6:35-6:40pm    Introduction of Speaker—Geoff Wood

6:40-7:45pm    Education:  Tina Gustafson, “Edible Garden Design”

                        Questions from Audience


7:45-7:55pm         Social, Raffle, & Raffle Drawing

7:55-8:25pm    Business Meeting:

MG Coordinator—Hattie Braun

·         August Picnic - 66 attendees!

·         November/December Food Meetings/Party & Location/Date Changes

·         Spring 2022 Master Gardener Class/s

·         Seed Library

·         Planning for Spring Events - Home Show, Beginning Gardening Series, Other


President --Frank Branham

·         Spring Plant Sale (late May/early June) - Loni Shapiro, Chair

·         August Master Gardener Tour - Frank Branham, Chair

·         Officer Nominations - Elections occur at the November meeting; nominations can be made from the floor on the day of the election

o    President: Frank Branham

o    Vice President: Pam Garcia

o    Treasurer: Andrea Guerrette

o    Secretary: Pat Haeuser


Azulita Fall Leaves Project

 My name is Bryce and I'm an intern for the Azulita Project, a local nonprofit dedicated to reducing plastic waste here in Flagstaff. We are currently getting the ball rolling on our annual Fall Leaves Project, in which we accept bags of leaves from local landscapers and homeowners and give these bags to composters or gardeners! This prevents these bags from just rotting in the landfill in plastic bags.

Thursday, October 7, 2021

Arboretum at Flagstaff Riordan Mansion Lecture


Frances McAllister and the History of The Arboretum at Flagstaff

Riordan Mansion State Historic Park

Monday, October 11, 2021  12:15 p.m.

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The Arboretum at Flagstaff was founded by Frances McAllister in 1981 to increase the understanding, appreciation, and conservation of plants and plant communities native to the Colorado Plateau.

Join us in commemorating The Arboretum’s 40th anniversary with docent Ellen Wade to learn about the life and times of history maker Frances McAllister.

To join the Lunchtime Virtual Lecture, click here:

AZ Native Plant Society Meeting and Lecture

 Wynne Brown - The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon's Life of Science and Art

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 at 7pm MST
Wynne’s latest book is the account of an extraordinary woman who, in 1870,
was driven by ill health to leave the East Coast for a new life in the West—
alone. At thirty-three, Sara Plummer relocated to Santa Barbara, where she
taught herself botany and established the town’s first library. Ten years later
she married botanist John Gill Lemmon, and together the two discovered and
collected hundreds of new plant species, many of them illustrated by Sara, an accomplished artist. Although she became an acknowledged botanical expert and lecturer, Sara’s considerable contributions to scientific knowledge were credited merely as “J.G. Lemmon & Wife.”
Writer/editor/graphic designer Wynne Brown is the author of the award-winning books More Than Petticoats: Remarkable Arizona Women (Globe Pequot Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2003, 2012) and The Falcon Guide to Trail Riding Arizona (Globe Pequot Press/Rowman & Littlefield, 2006) and the co-editor of Cave Creek Canyon: Revealing the Heart of Arizona’s Chiricahua Mountains (ECO Wear & Publishing 2014, 2019). Her most recent book, The Forgotten Botanist: Sara Plummer Lemmon’s Life of Science and Art, will be published in November 2021 by the University of Nebraska Press. She serves as president of the Chiricahua Regional Council and represents Pima County as a member of the Arizona Historical Society State Board of Directors. Her website is
Arizona Native Plant Society talks are free and open to the public.

The Arizona Native Plant Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Flagstaff AZNPS Talk: Wynne Brown - Sara Plummer Lemmon, 19th Century Artist and Botanist
Time: Oct 19, 2021 07:00 PM Arizona

Wednesday, September 8, 2021

Arboretum at Flagstaff Volunteering







Please Contact

October 21st




Putting gardens to bed

Snacks, gloves, hats, sunscreen

October 24th




Table community event at Bushmaster Park


Invasive Weed info/ Weed removal demo

Snacks, water, gloves

October 28th




Putting gardens to bed

Snacks, gloves, hats, 


October 30th




Event: Puppies and Pumpkins

pumpkin carving, costume contest, taking pictures of puppies, Face painting

Snacks, water

*If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the person listed to get on the chart!

**Remember, if you’ll be working inside to bring a mask

Kristin E. Haskins, Ph.D.
Executive Director
The Arboretum at Flagstaff
4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd.
Flagstaff, AZ  86005
928-774-1442 ext.114

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Grain School Online from Rocky Mt. Seed Alliance



RMSA's Grain School Online explores the world of heritage grains. Students will learn techniques for growing, breeding, and harvesting grains. In between, we'll also learn the history and culture of grain cultivation then enjoy tasty modules on the culinary uses of grains and how to prepare them. 

Register here and if you need financial assistance, please fill out the Scholarship Form.

The class is weekly Thursdays from Sept. 30-Nov. 25

The cost is $229 or apply for a scholarship.

Sunday, September 5, 2021

AZ Native Plant Society Meeting


The Arizona Native Plant Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Flagstaff AZNPS Talk: Liza Holeski - Plant defenses against herbivores
Time: Sep 21, 2021 07:00 PM Arizona

Liza Holeski will give a general overview of plant defenses against herbivory, describing the forms of defense as well as highlighting some particularly interesting examples. She will also talk a bit about her research in plant defense in monkeyflowers, as she works with a number of natural populations of monkeyflowers in Arizona.
Liza Holeski is an Associate Professor in Biology at NAU. Her research focuses on plant evolutionary ecology and genetics. She is interested in plant adaptation to biotic and abiotic environmental factors, plant-herbivore interactions, and the evolutionary genetics of plant defense traits. Much of her work is in monkeyflowers, but she also works with Populus species.

Arizona Native Plant Society talks are free and open to the public.

Meeting ID: 876 2863 4237
Passcode: 695415
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Saturday, September 4, 2021

Grants From Flagstaff's Beautification Dept.


The City has mini grants of up to $4500 for public gardens, art, etc. The next deadline is September 27. Please spread the word!

The direct link to the application for these is here:


Eliza Kretzmann, MPA

Beautification, Arts & Sciences Manager

City of Flagstaff

211 W. Aspen Avenue

Flagstaff AZ 86001

928.213.2969 (Voicemail only)

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Beer Garden Volunteers


Beer Garden

The proceeds from sales of beer and liquor are one of the biggest fundraisers for the Friends of Coconino County Parks. Volunteers who complete at least one 4-hour shift at the Beer Garden are eligible to receive the following:

·     Two complimentary admission tickets to the Fair

·     One parking pass

·     A goodie bag

·     One ticket to any R- Entertainment event at the Fort Tuthill Amphitheatre during the 2022 event season!!

Must be at least 19 years old. Register online.

Monday, August 2, 2021

Fall Master Gardener Class Online

Click on this link for a flyer for the fall Master Gardener Class.

Class from 8/30-12/19

Deadline for application 8/23

AZ Native Plant Society Monthly Meeting

 The Arizona Native Plant Society is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: Flagstaff AZNPS Talk: Kate Watters - Building Pollinator Habitats
Time: Aug 17, 2021 07:00 PM Arizona

Kate is a farmer, floral designer, writer and visual artist who is wild about plants. She makes her livelihood from Wild Heart Farm, a one-acre oasis in Rimrock, next to Beaver Creek. She grows flowers, medicinal herbs, and pollinator habitat and hosts plant gatherings. She worked in service to wild plant communities for 20 years in the Grand Canyon and across the Colorado Plateau, always aware and curious about plant/pollinator interactions. Kate has developed land-based artist residencies and workshops and co-curated exhibits with scientists and artists to advocate for pollinators and public lands.  To follow her entrepreneurial and artistic adventures arising from the soil visit: and 

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 9289 2902
Passcode: 654599
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Sunday, August 1, 2021

Arboretum Volunteer Opportunities

***COVID-19 Update***: We are NOW suggesting that EVERYONE, vaccinated or not, wear a mask when in our buildings. While outside and touring the grounds please choose to mask or not, based on YOUR comfort level. These changes to our policy are in direct response to CDC guidance and the fact that Coconino County is experiencing a positivity yield of 11.1% and has a HIGH level of community transmission. Please be a good neighbor and mask up inside!


If you are new to volunteering, please request a volunteer form and return to me at: or you can snail mail it in to this address: The Arboretum at Flagstaff, 4001 S. Woody Mountain Rd., Flagstaff, AZ 86005. Attn: Kristin Haskins, or you can deliver it in person the first time you come out!


We ask that each of you fill out a volunteer time sheet so we can give credit where credit is due at the end of the season. Your volunteer hours are important for us to track and record for various granting agencies. Volunteer log-in books can be found in the Hort Center and at the front desk of the Visitor Center.


With appreciation,
Kris Haskins, Executive Director






Please Contact

August 20, 2021


Looking for 3-4 people; noon to 3:00pm; help set up the silent auction

Water, snacks

August 21, 2021


Looking for 4-5 people; noon to 3:00pm; help set up for the SGP

Water, snacks

August 22, 2021


10am -100pm; looking for 3-4 people to set up for the SGP

Water, snacks

Mondays in August!


Learn how to clean pots for happy, healthy plants! 900am-1000am

Water, snacks

Every Thursday in August!




Gloves, sunhat, sunscreen, water

Permaculture Design Course CCC


Flagstaff's Finest Vegetable Garden Tour


Contact Sue Madden ( if you are interested in volunteering on day of tour.

If you need more information or reservations contact Loni Shapiro

Visit Instagram for updates on the tour, and videos of some of the gardens:

Saturday, July 31, 2021

Az Conservation Districts Summer Conference


Arizona's Conservation Districts Summer Conference 2021 Hosted by the AACD

August 9-11 @ The Wigwam Resort, Phoenix, AZ

I'm writing to invite you to the August conference of the Arizona Association of Conservation Districts, which takes place in Phoenix, August 9-11. This conference will feature a variety of sessions on conservation strategies, including sessions on agricultural production, improving local food and composting systems, and water issues. See for the agenda and additional information (full disclosure: I'll be presenting, as will Liz Taylor, a member of the Sustainable Communities Advisory Panel).

Registration for the conference is pretty affordable at $35/day or $75 for the whole thing, and rooms at the Wigwam Resort are not too expensive (guess August is not quite peak season in the Valley of the Sun). I encourage you to check it out!



Peter Friederici
Coordinator, Sustainable Communities Program
Professor, School of Communication
Northern Arizona University

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

CMGA Meeting Agenda August 2021


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda

Shepherd of the Hills Lutheran Church—Benson Hall & Zoom

1601 N. San Francisco, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Thursday, August 12, 2021

6:15-6:30pm       Outside Social Time/Newcomers Welcome

6:30-6:40pm       Welcome Activity -President Frank Branham & Hattie Braun

6:40-6:45pm       Introduction of Speaker—Frank Branham

6:45-7:45pm       Education:  Stephen Scott, Terroir Seeds, “Improving Soil”

                                Questions from Audience


7:45-7:55pm      Social, Raffle, & Raffle Drawing

7:55-8:25pm       Business Meeting:

MG Coordinator—Hattie Braun

                                Changes in Covid Restrictions

                                Fall 2021 Online Master Gardener Class

                                Master Gardener Badge Presentation

                                Volunteer Hour Reporting

                                Updates and Other Issues

President --Frank Branham

                                August 21, 2021 Vegetable Garden Tour

                                Sylvia Struss New Volunteer Project

                                Master Gardener Statuses

Intro to Permaculture

  Introduction to Permaculture

Part of the Summer Learning Series at Coconino Community College

FREE, THIS Thursday, July 22, 12-1:30

CCC 4th St. Campus (register online!)

Curious about the practice of permaculture and design thinking? Join this introductory and interactive session for a primer on permaculture, including design strategies that you can use in your home garden. Stay tuned for new permaculture courses being offered at Coconino Community College starting this fall, Thursdays 2:30-5:15.


Session learning objectives:

•Apply a handful of permaculture design strategies to your home garden 

•Develop language around the concepts of zones and guilds 

•Conceptually describe the permaculture ethics and principles

Please register to attend this workshop and others!

For more info contact

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Rocky Mt. Seed Alliance


Seedy News Rooted in the Rocky Mountains

eNewsletter for July 8, 2021

   Inspiring Farmers and Gardeners to Become Seed Savers

Cover art from The White/Wiphala Paper on Indigenous Peoples' food systems;  access the full Paper in the article below