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, May 1, 2010

Workday 4/29/2010

On Thursday between snowflakes, Judith Chaddock, Julie Holmes and me mangaged to get some work done in the hospice garden. We spent most of our time dead heading - Moon, Tea, and Rock Gardens along with most of the East back gardens. About 10:30am we spoted more than 15 deer just north of the garden (males, females, and youngsters). We thought they might not be seen this year with the new YMCA, but they are here frequently and in large numbers. As much fun as it was to see them we have many tulips chewed off at the top. Lets hope they find new digs when the roses begin to bloom.

Next week we will have two workdays. On Tuesday 5/3, Coconino High School will be doing their annual give back to the community workday. We plan to weed, move some pavers, water, sand raised beds and do general clean-up. On Thursday we will have our regular workday. Marion Lopez will join us to help direct rose pruning for those who want to learn. We have more than 40 rose bushes. We will also be putting out our hard scape that was stored for the winter, and continuing general clean-up.

Come join us for either of those workdays. Tues - 830am-1230pm and Thurs. 8am-12pm.
Questions: contact Loni Shapiro

Olsen Grain has agreed to help us feed the birds for another season.
Linda Guarino has donated $100 towards 3 new shrubs for the garden.

Loni Shapiro

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