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.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Workday 4/22/10

On Thursday our first official workday, I actually cancelled due to snow and rain. I went to the garden thinking that some might not read their e-mail and to help place a brick for a loved one. Judith Chaddock and Marcia Lamkin did not read e-mails and came to the garden. Judith helped me clean up the gazebo floor - weeds and hollyhocks - place a couple of bricks, re-plant a couple of houseplants, and deadhead. Marcia helped place a brick in the gazebo.

Many daffodils and tulips are blooming in the garden, although a bit droopy with the cold weather. Below are species tulips blooming in the garden.

Next week we will work on continued dead heading, sanding the raised beds, preparing some new raised beds, planting a couple of shrubs and a tree, and putting out hardscape.

Some hanginng pots seen in the greenhouse.

Over the weekend I did my usual plant crawl in Santa Fe. I visited High County Gardens, Plants of the Southwest, and Agua Fria. They are all wonderful nurseries filled with draught tolerant plants. High Country Gardens pictured in the photo has the showiest plants, Plants of the Southwest has great shrubs and trees and native seeds, and Agua Fria has any tomato or pepper you have ever heard of as well as many native plants. My husband brought a book which he finished while waiting for me. Such patience!

Workday with Coconino High School - Tuesday, May 4, from 830am - 1230pm
Looking for Master Gardeners to help supervise work
Workday Thursday, May 6, 8am-12pm - Rose Pruning with Marion Lopez

Come join us this week and next while we continue to clean up the gardens. Parking is available at the 1st Congregational Church lot on Turquoise just past Switzer Canyon Drive. Snacks and water are provided.

Loni Shapiro

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