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, July 22, 2010

Garden Workday 7/15/10

While I was on vacation Cynthia Katte was in charge of the gardens at Olivia White. Many of our regulars came to help that day. Nancy Palmer watered the garden and fed the birds. Linda Guarino worked on the drip system, and did some weeding in the gardens in front of the house. Carol Lease added some tags to our vines and repaired some damaged ones from the winter. Judith Chaddock finished our second pruning of the roses and fed them and helped Nancy with the birds. Becky planted some plants we purchased at the Arboretum plant sale. Cynthia worked on the compost pile and brought Al to look at installing the rain collection devices. Kay Balzer and Laura Davis worked in several areas of the garden.

Thank yous: Kay and Laura )for watering some of the pots (with all the rain the garden was fine) and thanks to Cynthia for managing the crew.
Cynthia Davis, Linda Guarino, Marcia Lamkin and Laura Davis all worked on the 10% day and deserve additional thanks.
Dave Hill and Zane and the volunteer coordinator Jacque Auxier also represented hospice at the fundraiser.

I will be back in the garden on Thursday and the focus will be on the planned new garden (Michael Moore Medicinal Native Plant Garden), cutting lavender, planting a shrub, and continued revamping of the front gardens. As usual we will be watering, weeding, and feeding the birds.


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