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, July 30, 2010

Garden Workday 7/29/10

After a week filled with rain (6 inches in our rain guage)our crew spent the day working on a variety of tasks. We had a crew of AmeriCorps volunteers (14) join us on their community service day in Flagstaff. They spent their time on some serious weeding (ragweed), repairing a pathway, and moving some junipers out of the new native garden.

Some of our regular crew were also in attendance to help supervise, transport, and work in the garden. Linda Guarino picked up part of the crew at NAU and supervised the weeding project on the corner of Switzer Canyon Dr. and Turquoise. Laura Davis and Nancy Palmer supervised the crew working in the new Native Medicinal Garden. Carol Lease did many tasks - labeling plants, cleaning the large water feature we have, and some dead heading. I deadheaded lambs ear and worked on the compost pile, while retrieving tools for the crew. Gwen K filled the birdfeeders and baths, watered some plants under the eaves, and deadheaded/weeded. Marcia Lamkin watered inside, worked on the Faerie Garden and helped with the Michael Moore Garden. Many of our regular crew were off today, but much was accomplished with the help of AmeriCorps.

Thanks to:
The crew from AmeriCorp for all their hard work, and Linda Guarino for helping with transport.
The Thomas Roe family for their generous donation of a willow bench for the Faerie Garden.

Next week we will continue to water as necessary, weed on the corner and in front of the house, deadhead lambs ear, move some aspen trees, plant a shrub, and work on the Michael Moore Garden.

Come join us on Thursday, between 8am-12pm for any or all of that time. Suggested attire: hat, sunscreen, gloves if you have them and close toed shoes. You are welcome to bring your own tools but we do have a large supply. Park in the First Congregational Church lot. We provide water and snacks.

"There is some hope in weeding, for the weeds may one day be defeated, but the tidying of a garden is as exacting and unending as the daily washing of dishes."
Clare Leighton - Four Hedges (1935)


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