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.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

3rd Garden Planing Meeting Minutes 3/25/10

Switzer Canyon River looking north

Attending: Loni Shapiro, Linda Guarino, Val Bryant, Joe Harte, Julie Holmes, Crys Wells, Marcia Lamkin, Judith Chaddock

Before the meeting a tour of the garden revealed some of the beginnings of spring!

Miniture Dutch Iris

Also visible were Siberian squill, snowdrops, yellow Dutch iris, and the beginnings leaves of a variety of tulips.

1. General updates

A. MG Class orientation – April 6/Loni & Cynthia at 1pm at East Side Library
In garden orientation - General orientation will happen on Earth Day, Saturday, October 17th, from 9am-12pm. Thursday work in the garden will be dependent on weather in April.
B. Update on grants
Michael Moore grant approved - start time undecided - Laura Davis in charge.
Home Depot grant - April 1
C. New and returning volunteers (Ed Skiba/Val Bryant/Julie Holmes/Judith Chaddock)
D. Resident participation - participation by new residen one time but too ill to repeat. We have a second good candidate to help water indoors.
E. Shady climbing rose for arbor bench - from David Austin roses two (Shropshire Lad) ordered (Zone 4, climber that does well with part shade)
F. Update on group participation
1. CREC - possible work on Native Medicinal Garden, let Loni know if you have any
other big projects. This crew often does trail work. I may have them redo part of the native walkway.
2. Outward Bound - 10-12 students who will be in the garden for the month of June on Tues/Thurs afternoons. Last year I had them water, fill bird feeders and baths, stain benches, weed, and some planting. I will need help in supervising this crew on some of the dates, or leading our crew on Thursday morning so I can be there in the afternoon. If your interested let me know.
3. Arizona Leadership Corp. (Americorps and CREC) on July 29th (luckily a Thurs. in the am) I will need help with transporting them from NAU to the garden. The only big project I gave them was the new Native Medicinal Garden, but may add walkway repairs, and clean-up. Again if you have a big project you want done let me know.
4. Grand Canyon Youth Corp - probably work in the fall for clean-up
5. Coconino High School - need to ask Jacque where this is.
G. Update on greenhouse - talked with Joe Costian and we cannot remove the floow. He suggested we paint with porch paint or tile. In addition we need to insulate the back wall and cover with wood. John from our old jail crew will stop by when the weather improves to see what it might cost.
H. Update on rocks - moved to new Native Medicinal garden for backing and larger rocks behind the OW sign to give it more emphasis
I. Reporting MG hours - you can now report hours on our blog site for the MGs. You still need to sign the weekly sheet.
J. Info circulated on herb classes offered in Flagstaff (foraging and making things from them (salves, tincatures, etc).
K. Info circulated on Warner's 10% day (e-mail out to Misti on a request for a date)

2. Plans for 2009

A. Look for people to adopt gardens/activities
Native Garden - ?
Norm’s Front Beds - ?
Saturday workdays?
Upward Bound students?
Watering pots/front garden until drip in?

B. Immediate material needs
Compost (Loni to call our usual source because they will load with bobcat - also need to contact Leslie for help with truck) , soil for pots (Warner's)

C. Additional goals for season
Plant & Garden Sale - possibly in July if garden not ready to take transplants

D. Re-plant house plants, clean sun porch area.
Thanks to all, all but 1 plant transplanted (several cylamens, pothos, spider plants, schefflera and palm. Loni gave the ficus a haircut and it will be transplanted when we find an appropriate pot. Loni to see if Julie has one we can use.

Schedule April meeting: Schedule to be advised. Next meeting may be in the garden weather dependent. Workday on Earth Day from 9am-12pm for garden clean-up and orientation to new gardeners.

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