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.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Garden Workday 4/15/10

Many volunteers from our regular garden crew came today and continued with clean-up. David Hockman started the season digging for 2 new roses for the arbor bench. They are from David Austin roses and were specially selected for their tolerance of shade and cold (Shropshire Lad/Zone 4). David also began our pine needle clean-up. Vickie Goodwin, Julie Holmes, Judith Chaddock, and Crys Wells hand watered. Our drip is not yet turned on but should be this week. Vickie also filled bird feeders, Julie began deadheading, and Crys gathered some rock for the bottom of our new raised bed trough. Judith watered and cleaned up plants on the sun porch and helped me place bricks. I spent my time cleaning part of the garage, placing some bricks and deadheading.

New blooms: many of our daffodils planted last fall, species tulips, and many of our regular tulips.

Clusiana "Cynthia"

We have another workday this week - Earth Day, Saturday 4/17 from 9am-12pm. Come join us for more clean-up. The new Director of Northland Hospice may join us - Sam Younger. Parking is available at the 1st Congregational Church on Turquoise just past Switzer Canyon Drive.

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