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.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Workday 5/27/10

Well it sure felt like spring had arrived today. The plants are growing quickly even with the dry weather, because of so much moisture this winter. The potatoes and and radish leaves are beginning to peek out, and the produce from the CSA seems happy even though it has been cold.

The first to arrive today was Vicki Goodwin. She watered all the back gardens and managed to get in some weeding in front of the house. David Hockman did his usual hole digging for a Mock Orange, McCormick Rose, and a couple of small plants. He also dug up a crushed Russian sage that met it's demise in the winter when a plow dumped a driveway bumper on it. We were all happy to see Laura Davis return from Tucson. She spent the day planning for the new garden, and planting a few hardy perennials. Julie Holmes and Judith Chaddock worked on the inferno strip - weeding and adding a few new perennials. Cynthia Katte made sure the birds had food and water and continued to deadhead the tulips and daffodils. Marcia Lamkin planted our annual red runner beans on the birdhouse trellis and worked in the Faerie Garden. Marilyn VanWagner watered the front gardens. I spent my time planting some summer bulbs, and getting pots ready for the last of the tomatoes, peppers, and basil.

White Tulips and in the Moon Garden
Pansies in the Tea Garden
Blue Flax in the Inferno Strip
Irises, purple alliums, alyssums, and blue flax throughout the gardens.

Red Hot Pokers, a variety of Penstemon, and grasses in the Inferno Strip

Plans for next week include setting the timers on the drips, a few more repairs, planting some annual pots, and planting the last of the perennials from High County Gardens. We need to begin moving extra plants into pots for a garden sale in June - Red Hot Pokers, lambs ear, yarrow, and germander. If the weather continues we also need to fully uncover mulch from the roses.

For the month of June there will be many opportunities to help in the garden. We will do our usual Thursdays from 8am-12pm and since I will be in the garden on Tues/Thurs from 1pm-330pm with a group of Upward Bound students, you are welcome to join in and help teach/supervise seniors from thoughout Arizona. Their projects will include: watering, weeding, planting, providing food and water for the bids, and staining a couple of benches. On Thursday June 3rd we will also have a group from 8am-12pm from CREC. They will be helping to create a new Native Medicinal garden (weeding, moving plants, and rock work). If you want to join us, wear a hat, sunscreen, and closed toed shoes. Park either on Turquoise just past Switzer Canyon Drive, or at the 1st Congregational Church. Tools, water, and snacks are provided.

To own a bit of ground, to scratch it with a hoe, to plant seeds, and watch the renewal of life- this is the commonest delight of the race, the most satisfactory thing a mand can do. ----Charles Dudley Warner 1870

Loni Shapiro

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