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, May 21, 2010

Workday 5/20/10

On a beautiful, sunny day in the garden, our regular gardeners came and helped get the garden up and running for 2010. Al Katte got our water feature going, posted a information board for residents and visitors, moved a large rock that got moved by the snowplows and fixed our Wildlife Habitat sign. Linda Guarino returned from her vacation and repaired all the leaks in our drip system. Vicki Goodwin watered and weeded our front beds. Nancy Palmer finished mounting the birdhouses, added the last of the hard scape to the Faerie Garden and filled the bird feeders and baths. Cynthia Katte planted some donated iris and deadheaded the daffodils. I spent my time planting tomatoes and other vegetables, watering the houseplants and some recent plantings.

We had several visitors to the garden. Dave Hill and Zane brought out many residents to enjoy the garden. The local coordinator of Upward Bound came to see the garden and learn firsthand what her volunteers might be doing in the garden in June. We will have their help in June for two afternoons each week..

New Donations:
McCormick Rose from Nancy Palmer in honor of her parents
Bearded Iris - donor unknown

New Plantings:
Tomatoes - Yellow Pear, Big Beef
Radishes - French Breakfast
Beets - Gourmet Blend
Bush Beans - Contender
Spinach - Bloomsdale
Carrot Baby - Little Finger
Corn - Spring Treat
Lettuce - Valentine, Gourmet Baby Greens, Farmers Market Blend, Q's Special Medley, Red Sails

New Blooms:
Choke Cherry Tree

New Features in the Garden:
Lasagna Vegetable Bed
Informational Sign for residents and visitors

Our next workday will be May 27th from 8am-12pm. You are welcome to join us for any or all of that time. Plans for the day include: watering those beds not on drip, continuing clean up of cinders/pine needles, filling bird feeders and baths, planting 2 roses - 2 shrubs - and some hardy perennials and red runner beans, set timers for the drip system, and clean up of the greenhouse. We need to sort through what might be used for a Plant & Garden Sale in June. The following week we will be looking at thining some lambs ear/yarrow for the plant sale. If you have any questions feel free to e-mail me at

Loni Shapiro

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