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, June 19, 2010

Workday 6/17/10

On another beautiful day in the garden we focused on digging up plants to transplant or pot for our first plant sale (Saturday, June 26th, 1-3pm). David Hockman spent his day digging up a large grass (pampas) which will be gifted to Joanie Abbott. It was so large it took 3 of us to get it in a temporary pot. Linda Guarino worked on setting timers for the drip and adding a few new plants. Kay Baltz, Becky Lewis, Cynthia Katte, Judith Chaddock, and Nancy Palmer all worked on transplants. Kay also found time to weed, and Judith cleaned up our geraniums that spent the winter on our sun porch. Marilyn VanWagner watered, and Laura Davis worked on several things. We had some visitors who came to see our varieties of clematis. Crys Wells also worked on transplants and made a flyer for our plant sale.

On Friday, Phyllis Hogan from Winter Sun stopped by to meet with Laura to look at the new site for the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden.

New blooms:
Several clematis, more penstemons, fireweed, robusta and John Cabot roses, native geraniums, and centaurea rothrocki (Rothrock's knapweed)

New from the CSA:
Zucchini, sage, tomatoes, and peppers

We have several rock squirrels who are eating all the bulbs - even alliums - and are looking at possibly trapping and relocating them. Today I spotted an abert squirrel sitting on the bird feed seed catching tray eating all available droppings.

I also have never seen so many lizzards about. Animals are fun but some like the rock squirrels do so much damage in the garden. Dan Caputo an animal control expert said you need to remove the temptations, but if we did that we wouldn't have a garden.

Thursday workday - June 24, 8am-12pm
Plant and Garden Sale - June 26, 1-3pm
Monthly Saturday workdays only by request as we have not had anyone interested for May or June.

This Thursday we will work on pricing items for the sale on Saturday, weeding and watering areas needed, and checking drip emitter placements. Come for any or all of the time.


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