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, March 19, 2010

Garden Update 3/18/10

Looking southeast from the house

Looking towards Turquoise

On Thursday I stopped by at Olivia White Home to check on houseplants, and to try to get into the greenhouse to get some large pots. I had to jump a couple of large moguls and the raging Switzer Canyon River in order to get there. Along the way I spotted damage to some of our hardscape (apple tree trellis, bird feeder hangers, a birdbath in front of the house, and some of our solar lights).

This has been a tough winter for the garden. The good news is the new green benches look great and the gliders work fine. I also took a photo of the first sign of spring. Some beautiful Dutch iris planted in the fall of 2009 by the Grand Canyon Youth Corp. were visible in the gardens in front of the house.

Our next meeting is on Thursday, March 25 at 9am at the Olivia White Home. We will have a short meeting followed by transplanting 3 large pots in the home. We also will transplant some cyclamen donated by the cancer society.
I will bring a treat and some fruit, so just bring yourself to share ideas for 2010 and get started with indoor planting.

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