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The Coconino Master Gardeners and The Arboretum at Flagstaff announce a new lunchtime lecture series beginning January 27 at noon. Programs are held at the Coconino County Extension Office from noon-1pm on the 4th Tuesday of every month through winter and at The Arboretum at Flagstaff during the summer.

Topics range from growing tomatoes at high elevation to climate change and integrated pest management. Programs from January through April include:

  • January 27:      Climate Change and the Ponderosa Pine Forest - Tom Kolb
  • February 24:     Organic Gardening - Is it Really Possible? - Hattie Braun  
  • March 24:           Growing the Perfect Tomato in Flagstaff - David Grider
  • April 28:             Firewise Landscaping: Protect your Home - Jerolyn Byrne
  • May 27:               The Truth about Pocket Gophers; Natural History and Contol (note this talk is on a Wednesday and at the Arboretum) Jennifer Cordova, AZGF
  • June 23:             All About Penstemons, Sheila Murray (at the Arboretum)
  • July 28:               Integrated Pest Management, Will Gerald (at the Arb)
  • August 25:         Adaptables, Ornamentals and Invasives (at the Arb)

The Master Gardener program is a nation-wide certification program offered through the Cooperative Extension network for those interested in learning more about specific gardening and horticulture needs in their geographic areas. The Coconino Master Gardener program emphasizes the needs of high country gardening. Master Gardener Training is offered in Flagstaff twice a year. Visit for more information.


Winter Wildlife series at Willow Bend

The Arboretum at Flagstaff and Willow Bend Environmental Education Center are excited to co-sponsor a series of lectures at Willow Bend!


Basic Wildlife Tracking — Saturday, February 7, 10am–12pm

Join Lynne Nemeth at Willow Bend to learn about winter animal tracking. The program will include a short hike around Sawmill Park, the Rio de Flag and the FUTS below Willow Bend. Lynne is the Executive Director of the Arboretum at Flagstaff.

Raw, Wild, and Local — Saturday, February 21, 1–3pm

During this Honey Tasting Flight we will be tasting and talking about six different varieties of Arizona honey, harvested from beehives living in Winslow, Flagstaff, Sedona, Cornville, and Camp Verde. Our focus will be upon the distinct places and diverse floral sources of these hives and their honey. These differences in the land create a honey's unique "terroir," or sabor (taste). Patrick Pynes, Ph.D., will lead the program. He is President of the Northern Arizona Organic Beekeepers' Association (NAOBA) and the proprietor of, and has taught beekeeping courses and workshops at NAU, CCC, and most recently, Prescott College.

Cougars, Corridors, and Conservation: 25 years of research and activism — Wednesday, March 4, 5–6pm

Paul Beier will describe his ground-breaking research that demonstrated the importance of habitat corridors to maintaining populations of cougars (mountain lions). This launched him on a career studying animal movement and designing wildlife corridors for multiple species. Throughout, he has been an unabashed advocate for conserving corridors, working closely with wildlife and transportation agencies. Paul is an NAU Regents' Professor and his work ranges from California and Arizona to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan.

To register for a Winter Wildlife talk please Click Here


COMING June 27th, the second annual Native Herb festival!

 All about herbs!

Learn from the experts about growing native herbs, herb crafts, and the magical medicinal properties of herbs. Organic herbs for sale plus live entertainment, vendors, food and beer!


Saturday, June 27th

  • 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
  • $18 members; $25 non-members





Classes from last year's event:

Wild Plant Walk
Feather Jones, Clinical Herbalist
Come experience the flavors and aromas of our local plant allies. 
Discover how easily you can bring herbs into your everyday life as
wild foods and medicines.  Bring a camera, water and notebook and be
prepared to enjoy the time meeting your botanical neighbors.

High Desert Plants - Jewels of the Southwest
Feather Jones, Clinical Herbalist
This class emphasizes the high desert plants of northern Arizona off the Mogollon Rim, southern edge of the Colorado Plateau. Feather's talk will focus on the drought deciduous, drought evading and drought resisting plants. A desert materia medica includes preparation methods, plant survival techniques, specific indications, flower essences, cautions, possible contraindications and formula synergy as well as the ethnobotany, patient practice and personal usage.

Pine Resin Salve Workshop
Mike Masek, Community Herbalist
This workshop is a hands-on learning experience showing how to harvest resin from the tree and turn it into a useful and wonderfully aromatic skin salve.  Background information will be shared on the role of resins in the plant world and how this relates to herbal medicine.

Yucca Fiber Cordage Workshop
Mike Masek, Community Herbalist
This is a hands-on workshop in which each person will process yucca leaves into useable cordage. This is an active workshop; your hands will get wet and dirty. Background information will be shared to put this skill into the context of our ancestors and how it relates to the modern world.

Allison Howard, Acupuncturist
A new approach to medicinal herbs:  How we can use ancient Chinese principles of herbology to more fully understand the herbs in our own backyard.  Explore the qualities of taste, temperature and energetics to determine what local herbs to use to help you stay healthy and balanced.

Phyllis Hogan, Winter Sun Trading proprietor & Herbalist
Sacred Plants and Secret Places of the Grand Canyon
Grand Canyon is one of the most compelling landscapes on earth. In the Grand Canyon we have the opportunity to observe a unique mingling of species from 3 of the 4 northern American deserts, containing more than 1,700 plants--nearly one half of Arizona’s Flora. This multi sensory presentation will take the participants on a visual odyssey that most people viewing the canyon from the rims have never had the opportunity to experience.

Walking in Changing Woman's Garden
The Navajo / Dine´ Approach to Herbology
Presented by Phyllis Hogan
Executive Director - Arizona Ethnobotanical Research Association
The cultural voice of the traditional Dine´ herbalist echoes the wisdom of Asdzåå Nadleehe, the Ever Changing Woman. The ceremonies take years to learn and the herbalist is usually an apprentice of the prestigious Hatalii or singer who performs both healing and preventative ceremonies. Learn about the plant repertoire of the Navajo herbalist that have been perpetuated through oral tradition for hundreds of years.

Make your own incense
Anna-Marija Helt, PhD, Herbalist
Osadha Herbal Wellness
Aromatic plants have been used for millennia for meditation, worship, ritual and health. We’ll get into the history of aromatic plant usage and you’ll learn how to make your own incense using plants of the Southwest (and maybe a few of their friends from elsewhere...).

Kitchen Witchery
Anna-Marija Helt, PhD, Herbalist
Osadha Herbal Wellness
Learn medicinal and culinary uses, folklore and magical uses of some easy-to-grow garden herbs. You may have met these plants before, but not like this!

Please call (928) 774-1442, ext. 127 for more information