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.

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Workday 5/4/10

Beautiful container from Santa Fe Nursery

Last week I did my yearly crawl through the nurseries in Santa Fe. I started at Santa Fe Greenhouses(High Country Gardens) where I found many drought tolerant/cold hardy plants. Next was Plants of the Southwest, where they have an abundant selection of native trees/shubs and many unusual herbs. Last of all was Agua Fria Nursery that has so many plants it boggles the mind, but I was looking at vegetables. They have more than 20 tomatoes and more than 25 chilies and peppers. It is always fun for me to explore these nurseries, so I spend a whole day and way to much money.

Yesterday, we had a large crew of seniors (12 and a leader) from Coconino High School who came for their annual senior project. Julie Holmes, Crys Wells, Marcia Lamkin and me helped direct the clean-up work. In about 3.5 hours they managed to move a pallet of bricks, collect rocks for the bottom of a large raised bed, raked and bagged pine needles, filled bird feeders, sanded and stained our raised beds, brought out much of our stored hardscape, and weeded a nasty area on the corner of Turquoise and Switzer Canyon. Next time you drive by you will notice the difference. It is beginning to look like a garden again. With our limited crew it would take us weeks to get the work done that they accomplished in one morning. Thank you for a job well done.

Coconino High School crew

On Thursday, May 6, we will have our weekly workday. Plans include: pruning roses, planting some seed and transplants from the seedling CSA, weeding a small area in front of the house, planting some shrubs, repairs and mounting some signs, and watering.

On Saturday, May 7, I am doing my annual "Container Gardening" class for CCC. This year we will be planting some pots in the hospice garden.

Come join us for any part of the day on Thursday. Hattie Braun will be directing rose pruning beginning at 9am. Marion Lopez our regular rose expert is ill and we wish her a speedy recovery.


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