Gardens Founded in 2001 - Home in 2002

Echinacea - Photo by Laura Davis

The garden began in 2001 with the help of Norm Erickson, a Northland Hospice volunteer, at the corner of Switzer Canyon Drive and Turquoise. At that time the home had not been completed but a beautiful sign was placed on the corner. Norm continued to work on the beds on the east side of the sidewalk along Switzer Canyon Drive and in front of the home, until 2008. The rest of the gardens were developed by a core of Coconino County Master Gardeners initially led by Laura Davis and since 2007 by Loni Shapiro.

The garden crew is active from April-October and sometimes in November weather permitting. Work happens weekly throughout the garden season on Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:00 am-12:00 pm. It also is scheduled for one Saturday a month from April through October. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 6:00 am of the workday on this blog. You must attend a spring orientation to the garden and Northland Hospice & Palliative Care in order to work. A summary of the work that has been done is included on the blog. Look for weekly postings on this blog during the garden season.

Volunteering in the Garden

2015 Calendar

April 13, 11:30-1:30 Lunch and orientation for new volunteers at hospice and TB testing for all

April 16, 9:15-10 TB tests read and 10:00 garden orientation. First Thursday workday 9-12

April 20, First Monday workday 9-12

May 2, Saturday workday 9-12

If you are interested in volunteering, please email

Please note: TB testing is required annually for all garden volunteers.

If you have current TB results that were done by a physician or at a hospital, these may be submitted to Northland Hospice.

If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact the volunteer coordinator Kathy Simmons ( to schedule a time for testing and orientation.

Friday, February 26, 2010

2nd Garden Planning Meeting for 2010

We met at the Olivia White Hospice Home for our 2nd meeting. First on the agenda was General Updates:
A. A discussion of what to do about the rocks on the corner opend the meeting. They will most likely be used for the Michael Moore Medicinal Native Plant Garden to line the back and define the garden. Other possibilities include surrounding the sign area or a rock garden.
B. The CSA is set with Linda, Laura, Loni and hospice spliting a full share beginning in May.
C. Loni and Cynthia K will present to the MG Class on April 6 - time to be advised.
D. Michael Moore Grant is approved for $500 - Laura Davis in charge. The Home Depot grant is completed and we will hear about it by April 1st. Shelves for the greenhouse were added.
E. Jennifer Rummery a nursing student from CCC who has expertise in greenhouses has agreed to help us this season on Saturdays. John Gordon will help us remove the floor if approved by Joe Costian.
F. New Northland Hospice Director to start on March 15 - Sam Younger who comes from Banner Health in Phoenix.
G. New Northland Hospice Volunteer class to start on March 20. If interested contact Jacque Auxier at the office.

2. Plans for 2010
A. Look for people to adopt gardens/activities
Greenhouse - Jennifer Rummery
Saturday Workdays - working on sharing the load (May-Sept) regulars one month
Upward Bound - Jacque contacted/interested but need to clarify 3 or 5 hours
AmeriCorps- Jacque contacted will call later
B. Immediate material needs - April/May
Compost, soil
C. Additional goals for season
Worked on group workdays for AmeriCorps (Jacque), Grand Canyon Youth (Loni), Coconino High School (Jacque), Upward Bound (Jacque), Earth Day (Loni)
Resident involvement (Jacque to advise if appropriate patients)
Thin plants for plant sale (Lambs Ear, Germander, Yarrow, Iris)
Improve climber care surrounding gazebo
Add more plantings to rose garden walkway
Find shade tolerant plants for arbor bench

3. Provided plants for each room, repotted large palm, and added two new plants to

Next Meeting: March 25, 2010 9am-12pm
Short meeting followed by repotting 3 large plants and cleaning sun porch.

Loni Shapiro

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