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, June 11, 2010

Workdays 6/8 & 6/10, 2010

It was a great day for gardening on Thursday. The temperature was cooler and we had a nice breeze. We also had a large crew to help. Becky Lewis, Cindy Murray, and Kay Baltz worked on weeding the inferno strip and near the birdhouse trellis. Joe Harte and Carol Lease both worked on the drip. We had a couple of major repairs and emitters were added to the gazebo hanging baskets. Nancy Palmer worked on pots for annual color and planted some of our new perennials. Cynthia Katte worked on the compost piles and deadheading. She also transplanted some pine penstemons for the plant sale. David Hockman spent his time working on fixing one of our redwood benches. I am sorry to say their is not much life in them anymore. We are looking for sponsors for new green benches.Crys Wells watered the front beds.

On Tuesday and Thursday afternoons the group of kids came from Upward Bound. They watered, weeded, fertilized trees, fed and watered the birds, washed pots, and cleaned the greenhouse.

Special thank yous to David for all the hardware to fix benches and Carol Lease and Joe Harte for taking extra time and travel to make sure our drip was running. Joannie Abbott from Foxglove Gardening gave us a piece of drip line so we would not have to buy 500 feet.

New blooms:
Several penstemons (desert, mat, rocky mountain, etonii, Austrian copper rose), Flag and Dutch iris, succulents in the rock garden and sulfur buckwheat.

Austrian Copper Rose

Rock Garden

New plantings:
Color pots throughout the garden (salvia, alyssum, sweet potato vine, calendula, petunia, lobelia, cosmos, marigold, geraniums, etc). Several things were also added to the sensory pots, Moon Garden, Rock Garden to fill up or replace perennials that did not make it through the winter.

Come join us next Thursday morning any time between 8am and 12pm. We will be cleaning up some geraniums and focusing on digging up some of our extra plants to sell at a plant sale on June 26th. We will have germander, penstemon, lambs ear, snow in summer, yarrow, iris, and red hot pokers. There will also be extra pots available and other garden items.

No parking at Olivia White. It is available on Turquoise or at the 1st Congregational Church. Water and snacks provided. Just bring a hat, sun screen, and closed toed shoes are recommended.

Events this month:
Plant and Garden Sale June 26 1pm-3pm

Loni Shapiro
new e-mail

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