CMGA General Info

Clouds part ways after a stormy night on the eastern slopes of the San Francisco Peaks.
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

Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Root Camp at Warner's


Date               Topic                                                                   Speakers                                              

March 18      Seed Starting                                                      Jackee & Steve Alston    

March 25      Crop and Garden Planning                              Tina Gustafson                  

April 1           Season Extenders                                               Jackee & Steve Alston                    

April 15         Veggie Gardening at High Elevation               Jim Mast

April 22         Drip Irrigation                                                   Linda Guarino

April 29         Composting for Better Soil & Health              Frank Branham

May 6            Raised Bed and Container Gardening             Janan Scott 

May 13         Native Perennials for the Garden                      Gayle Gratop                     

May 20         Water Conservation in Gardening                     Emily Melhorn

June 3            Organic Pest Control                                          Hattie Braun



There are 2 additional programs from Warners:

Either March 4 or 11 with Mick Henry on Pruning

Patrick Pynes in June or July on Pollinators in the Garden

Tuesday, January 10, 2023

Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda


Coconino Master Gardener Meeting Agenda

The Peaks Senior Living Center Main Meeting Room

3150 N Winding Brook Road, Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Thursday, January 12, 2023

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

6:30-6:35pm        Welcome -Frank Branham     

6:35-7:40pm        Introduction of Speaker—Geoff Wood, Frank Branham, Holly Button, Daryl Bennett- “How to build a raised self-wicking planter.”  Questions from Audience

7:40-7:55pm      Refreshments, Social, Raffle, & Raffle Drawing

7:55-8:25pm      Business Meeting

MG Coordinator - Hattie Braun

·         Gardening Etc. Column in the Daily Sun

·         Seed Library

·         Master Gardener Winter/Spring Classes

·         New Volunteer Reporting System

·         Beginning Vegetable Garden Classes/Coconino Community College

President --Frank Branham

·         End of year report

·         Root Camp

·         Garden Tour

·         Meeting Location

·         Plant Sale


Treasurer’s Report – Andrea Guerrette

December 31, 2022

Beginning balance                  $7532.61

                                Expenses                                      $50.00 (CMGA)

                                deposit                                    $272.00 (T-shirts, memberships, raffle)                                                 

                                Ending balance                       $7507.15

                                Education Schedule--Geoff Wood

Wednesday, November 16, 2022

Annual Holiday Potluck


Greetings Master Gardeners 

Coconino Master Gardener Association 

Invites you and a guest to our

Annual Holiday Potluck

When: Thursday, December 8, 2022, 6:00-8:00 PM 

Where: Serendipity, 2640 W Kiltie Ln, Flagstaff

Please bring a dish of your choice: Main dish, side dish, salad or dessert

CMGA will provide non-alcoholic beverages. And we now have bowls as part of our service-ware.

The gift exchange has always been a highlight of this party. If you wish to participate, please bring a wrapped garden-themed gift if you wish to participate with suggested value of $20 or less.

Please RSVP by 11/28/2022 to:

Elaine Laemmrich at (928-699-8687) or Mary Gaseau at (928-220-0343) and indicate the dish you will bring and number attending.

We look forward to a big turnout!