Prescott Chapter

President: Sue Smith, email
Secretary: Patricia Hills
Treasurer: Sue Arnold

Chapter meetings and evening programs are held the second Thursday of the month in February, March, April, September, October and November at 6:30 pm at the Highlands Center for Natural History, 1375 S. Walker Rd. (928-776-9550).

Please contact Sue Smith, President, by email or (928)778-5602 for ideas for future events.


Join Our Chapter E-list:  If you would like to receive reminders and announcements about field trips and meetings via e-mail, send a note to Sue Smith to be added to the list.


Nora Graf, Master Gardener and Yavapai Gardens Editor, has been working on the Yavapai Gardening Blog. It is a blog designed for Yavapai County Master Gardeners and the public to learn about the latest happenings which may include events, pest outbreaks, new products, useful tips and more. Please check out Yavapai Gardening.


Volunteer Opportunities

PAPAZ Plant Collection: Grapevine Botanical Area

Dates announced via e-mail by Sue Smith

The Grapevine Botanical Area is near Poland Junction; we will continue collecting for the PAPAZ project in 2014. A canopy of riparian trees lines the narrow canyon of Grapevine Creek. If you are interested in becoming a part of this project, please contact Sue Smith at 928-778-5602 or for more information.

Habitat Restoration at Highlands Center for Natural History

The effort to restore meadows at the Highland Center for Natural History continues in 2014. The value of our hard work is demonstrated by the increase in plant diversity in the meadow. This is an ongoing project and our society has been participating in this project, which is led by Prescott Audubon. If interested in helping, please contact Cathy Palm-Gessner by e-mail,, or phone 928-237-1331.

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Prescott Past Activities

Plant Walks-2011 – The winter rains brought many blooms to the Prescott area in May and June.  Several plant walks were taken at Willow Lake in May.  While the goal was to explore the Willow Dells trail most of our time was spent exploring the plant communities on the trail between Heritage Park and the beginning of the trail.  This area had several showy displays as the weeks went by including white tidytips (Layia glandulosa), mallow (Sphaeralcea sp.), Colorado four o’clock (Mirabilis multiflora), and prairie zinnia (Zinnia grandiflora).  In June our walks moved to higher elevations as we explored the Aspen Creek trail where we were greeted by Golden Columbine (Aguilegia chrysantha), butterfly weed (Asclepias tuberosa), and Arizona thistle (Cirsium arizonicum).

  Golden Columbine (Aguilegia chrysantha)                     

Colorado Four O'clocks (Mirabilis multiflora)