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.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Workday 5/13/10

On Thursday, with a chill in the air in the morning, several volunteers came to work in the gardens. Judith Chaddock and Colleen Copeland-Larrabe finished pruning the roses and adding their initial feedings. David Hockman dug several holes to plant new shrubs and vines. Nancy Palmer came and finished mounting bird houses on the trellis. Joe Harte returned for the season and pruned several trees and shrubs, while cleaning up debris in the canyon below the garden. Julie Holmes filled bird feeders and helped Vicki Goodwin weed and clean up the south Switzer Canyon beds.

Most of the daffodils and tulips are gone after the hard frost last week, but other shrubs and plants continue to grow each week.

Our first Saturday workday was held without anyone attending. The Saturday workdays were scheduled for those unable to work on weekdays, but if there is no interest they will not occur. Future Saturday workdays will be with RSVP required by the Friday before. They are the 3rd Saturday of each month through September. Contact Loni Shapiro by e-mail or phone - or 928-522-8635.

New plantings:
Arnold Red Tartian Honeyshuckle shrubs (2), Hops
Native Garden - Rocky Mountain Columbine, Creeping Barberry
Moon Garden - Dusty Miller, Evergreen Candytuft, Mt. Atlas Daisy
Rock Garden - Creeping Basket of Gold Alyssum
Butterfly/Hummingbird Garden - Pincushion Penstemon, Blue Glow Globe Thistle, Sunset Hyssop
Sensory Pots - Pineapple Sage, Curley Parsley
Perennial Bed - 3 Poppies - 'Royal Wedding', 'Brilliant', 'Victoria Louise'
A variety of vegetables - broccoli, cauliflower
Greens - lettuce, choi, mustard greens, spinach

New blooms:
Crabapple trees, Apple trees
Faerie Garden - Prairie Smoke
Cement Patio area - European Pasque Flower

On our regular workday, Thursday, May 20, from 8am-12pm we will be weeding, watering, cleaning and deadheading the Switzer Canyon beds, doing drip repairs, and planting a few hardy perennials. We still have some hardscape to be placed in the garden and will need to fill bird feeders and clean baths. Come join us for any or all of that time. Parking is available on Turquoise or at the First Cogregational Church. Those new to the garden should arrive by 830am for orientation.

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