CMGA General Info

The San Francisco Peaks as seen from Timberline 5 miles northeast of Flagstaff.
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 600pm - 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. You can sign in to record hours in the right hand column under Recording Volunteer and Education Hours. Just click on the U. of A.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Brenda Smith (A - M) or Sue Madden (N - Z). Their contacts are listed at the bottom of the blog under

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 a fundraising event (Plant Sale - Garden Tour).
--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

Thursday, February 1, 2024

2024 Gardeners Market


If you wish to sell at this market here is the application:  LINK

Wednesday, January 31, 2024

Vegetable Gardening


Vegetable Gardening

Wednesday, March 20, 27, April 3, 10

5:45 to 7 p.m.

Plan your vegetable garden with the help of local Master Gardeners with the Coconino Cooperative Extension. Zoom option available.


 This four-week series will help you get started with this year’s vegetable garden! Attend in-person or by Zoom.

  • Week 1 (March 20) is Planning Your Vegetable Garden, with Jim Mast.
  • Week 2 (March 27) is Best Vegetable Varieties for Coconino County, with Jackee Alston.
  • Week 3 (April 3) is Understanding Garden Soils and Composting, with Frank Branham.
  • Week 4 (April 10) is Seeds and Starts, with Adair Patterson.

The course instructors are all Master Gardeners with the Coconino Cooperative Extension. This program is offered in partnership with the University of Arizona Coconino Cooperative Extension.

Register:   $10                    

Vegetable - Learn more and register!

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

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Coconino Master Gardener Association Meeting Agenda 

Shepherd of the Hills-1601 N San Francisco St  Flagstaff, AZ 86001 

 Thursday, February 8, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM


Tonight’s Education-Grantee Presentations

  1. Olivia White Hospice Garden-Frank Branham (nancyandfrankb@gmail) and Geoff Wood (

  2. Willow Bend Habitat Gardens-Susan Lamb (

  3. Killip Elementary-Gayle Gratop (

Next Month:


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MG Coordinator Report—Hattie Braun

  • Master Gardener & Home Horticulture Class- Started January 23 and runs until May 24, 2024
    being held @Coconino County Health Dept.
    1:00-4:30pm. 31 attended first session! 24 of whom are in the Master Gardener tract.

  • Attend any special topic? 

֍Master Gardener costs $225 & requires 50 volunteer hours
֍Home Horticulture costs $325-no volunteer hour requirement

  • Seed Library Workday-rescheduled Thursday, January 25, 2024, from 10 am-1 pm at Cooperative Extension office
    We have a volunteer who organizes and replenishes the library and we need a volunteer or two to head this.

Business Meeting & Committee Reports:

  • Treasurer-Andrea Guerrette

2023 Debits $8,768.43

2023 Credits $8,464.54 Bank Balance on 01/01/2024 $7,891.69

  • Roster for 2024-Education Chair-Bill Sandercock 

  • Social Chairs-Denbie Nash and Lori Young=Sign up for snacks and dish duty

  • Secretary & Membership-Marilyn Canteloupe=Time for annual dues $10. New card design issued

      Make checks payable to CMGA and give to Andrea 

Supports CMGA Program along with Plant Sale and Garden Tour

  • Grants -Cheryl Blume=We will open new grant cycle
        $500 max award; don’t have to be a Master Gardener; Public/Community focus (no private gardens)

  • Garden Signs-Holly Button= Recognition & thanks to folks for participating in Garden Tours

  • Raffle Prizes needed! Revenue from last year’s raffles were nearly $600! Contact Holly

  • Got Hours? -Brenda Smith and Sue Madden can help!

  • Master Gardener Calendar/Blog/Other--Loni Shapiro=check out our calendar and contacts for events and volunteer needs & opportunities

Volunteer Needs

  • Historian-Tammy Valdovino is stepping down from this position and from updating our Facebook page.

  • Seed Library Volunteer- Organizes and replenishes the library on a regular basis

  • Root Camp-Organizes with Warner’s and attends to manage registrations and handouts ?(Christina Compton

Any gardening questions…..?

Next Meeting – March 14, 2024, 6:00-8:00 PM

See reverse side for Committee Listings and Dates of Upcoming CMGA Events

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Tuesday, January 16, 2024

Eagle Viewing


Eagle Viewing 

Save the date for our first eagle event of the year! Join the AWWE (Arizona Watchable Wildlife Experience) partnership for an outdoor eagle watching event on Saturday, February 10th from 8-10AM at Lake Mary. The second event will be held with live eagles from Liberty Wildlife at the Willow Bend Center on Saturday, May 11th. More information, meeting location, and sign-up coming soon.

Steller's Jay Painting - Willow Bend


February Adult Workshop: Steller's Jay Painting 

Join Willow Bend and artist Elaine Dillingham on Saturday February 10th 1-4:30PM to learn about and paint a Steller's jay. During this 3.5-hour, limited enrollment, friendly & informative workshop you will receive step-by-step watercolor painting instruction. Art materials are supplied. You will take home two small paintings. Instructor Elaine Dillingham has taught painting at Coconino Community College for 20 years. A supporter of environmental education, Elaine is delighted to be able to partner with Willow Bend Environmental Center staff members to offer nature-based art learning experiences.

Cost: $75/participant or $70/Willow Bend members. Limited spots. More information and sign-ups on our website.

Botanical Ink Making - Willow Bend


January Adult Workshop: Botanical Ink Making

Join us on Saturday, January 27th, 10AM-12PM for an instructional natural ink making. We will make several inks together and get the opportunity to play with different hues all made from plant material. Every student will go home with a bottle of botanical ink. This workshop combines learning with play! Jill Sans is a painter and owner of The HeArt Box Gallery in downtown Flagstaff. She focuses primarily on paintings of the natural world; from botanical art to mandalic representations. 

Cost: $65/participant or $60/Willow Bend members. Limited spots, sign-up required. More information and sign-up on our website

Thursday, January 11, 2024

1/11 CMGA Agenda

 Follow the link for the agenda for 1/11