CMGA General Info

Sunset Crater Penstemon, Penstemon Clutei, Golden Beard Penstemon, Penstemon Barbatus.
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. You will find it in the right hand column after the calendar. You need a NetID to enter hours. If you don't know yours contact the extension office.
If you have any questions or concerns about the new reporting system, please contact Lois Walter or Hattie Braun. 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 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, June 21, 2022

Volunteering at the Arboretum


Garden Clean-up: Wednesdays from 12pm-2pm - Weeding, pruning, dead-heading, and invasive plant removal, general garden clean up of gardens. This opportunity is usually in full sun, so sun protection is encouraged.

Plant Sales: July 16th and September 11th
- Set up/clean up, assist with customers purchasing plants, assist with transport of plants to visitors vehicles, greeting visitors

Visitor center / gift shop:
Opening the Visitor Center: Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:15am - 10:45am - Prep Visitor Center for the day: make coffee, count/prepare cash drawer, pull up frequently used websites, place the admission sign outside, set up glass flower display, unlock the doors at 9am, take admission, answer phone calls and visitor questions, ring up gift shop sales, straighten displays, general organization and cleaning
Weekend Greeter: Saturdays and Sundays from 10:30am - 1:30pm - Become familiar with consignment pieces and frequently asked visitor questions, provide directions to visitors, greet visitors as they arrive, straighten displays, restock cafe items. For this opportunity, it is recommended that the volunteer knows a lot about native plants in order to answer visitor questions.

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

CMGA June Meeting Agenda

 Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda
The Peaks Senior Living Center Main Meeting Room/Zoom
3150 N Winding Brook Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001
Thursday, June 9, 2022

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

6:30-6:35pm    Welcome -Frank Branham
6:35-7:40pm    Introduction of Speaker—Geoff Wood - Gina Goegan, “Pollinators Special Relationship with Native Plants”, Questions from Audience

7:40-7:55pm      Refreshments, Social, Raffle, & Raffle Drawing
7:55-8:25pm      Business Meeting

MG Coordinator—Hattie Braun
•    Meeting Arrangements at the Peaks
•    Volunteer Reporting
•    Tunnel Fire Restoration Projects
•    Other

President --Frank Branham
•    Spring Plant Sale
•    Vegetable Tour Update - August 13- 2nd Annual Vegetable Garden Tour, Maps and Tickets at Warner’s, 10-3
•    Fund Raising Update
•    Other

Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Guerrette
May 2022

Opening balance       $4250.92

Debits                                               35.34 (Printing costs, refund vendor fee)

Credits                         2,503.75 (7 vendor fees $175, 10% vendor fee $1,995.00,
                                    CMGA booth $261.75, 3 memberships $30,
                                    Mystery money $50, April raffle $32)
New balance             $6,719.33
Education Schedule--Geoff Wood
•    July 14, 2022 -Arboretum Executive Director Nate O’Meara, “Heirloom Vegetables”
•    August 11, 2022 -
•    September Recognition Picnic
•    October 13, 2022 - Jim Mast, “Growing Plants in a Greenhouse”
•    November 10,2022 - Frank Branham “Cooking from A Garden”
•    December 8, 2022 - Holiday Party
New Business

Garden or Plant Questions

Next Meeting:  Thursday, July 14, 2022

Monday, May 23, 2022

Hands On Beekeeping Workshop

 Follow this LINK for the flyer or check out on the calendar.

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Pollinator Party


We’re excited to invite you to our 2022 Pollinator Power Party June 20 – 24, 2022. We started this party in 2020 and it has rapidly become the WORLD’S LARGEST PARTY CELEBRATING POLLINATORS!  Last year we reached over 2 million people from around the globe.
  • Do you know the difference between moths and butterflies?
  • Have you ever really tasted honey? 
  • Have you considered the connection between pollinators and social equity? 
  • Do you have pollinator myths that our scientists can bust or confirm?
  • Want to hear the real deal of what companies are doing for pollinators?
We will host 1-hour daily virtual sessions – have your lunch or coffee with us for 1 week and you will buzz away energized and inspired! 
In conjunction, we will again host the Pollinator Art Contest; winners will be selected for the 2023 Pollinator Party Calendar.
This is a free, public event.  We kindly seek Sponsors for this non-profit party (sponsor levels range from $2,500 to $30,000)! 
See you at the party!