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 1, 2010

July 1, 2010 Workday

Looking through the rose garden walkway arch to see the beautiful robusta rose. Archway has 2 double clematis (Josephine (photo) and Franziska Marie)

On another beautiful day in the garden many of our regulars came to work: Cynthia Katte, Judith Chaddock, Linda Guarino, Kay Baltze, Marilynn VanWagner, Laura Davis, Joe Harte, Carol Lease, Becky Lewis, Nancy Palmer, and Marcia Lamkin. Cynthia helped with watering, planting, and digging up a shrub that needed to be moved. Judith helped with potting some bellflower, and cleaning up our sunporch plants and geraniums. Linda and Laura worked on getting our grape vines up on the gazebo, and improving the gardens in front of the home. Nancy and Marcia worked on the Faerie Garden. Carol Lease fed and watered the birds and planted a hanging basket for the back porch. Marilynn watered the back gardens. Joe helped us move a large shrub and fixed the drip again. Several people worked on the front beds, adding new plants, moving some from other parts of the garden, and removing some invasive grass.

The 1/2 circle bed in front of the house now has another blue mound spirea, some more moonshine yarrow and Rocky Mt. penstemon, some new coreopsis and lavender, and a replacement creeping phlox. Kay removed some invasive varigated grass and several others removed some bellflower, which many had requested at our plant sale.

More plants leftover from our sale are being purchased. Our intake is now over $700 which will go towards the purchase of some rain collection devices and a new composter. We will also get an estimate on some additions to our greenhouse so we can use it next spring.

Thank you:
Kay Balze for some pussytoes to add to the native garden.
Thank you to our regular gardeners who made many purchases of leftovers today.

New in the garden:
A new birdbath for the front 1/2 circle. This winter the old one broke in the heavy snow.

Many of the roses are blooming - both Canadian roses and the large robustas are in full bloom. We also have Julia Childs, Sally Holmes, Carefree Delight, Peace, Knockout and many of the Carpet Roses. One of the new roses Morden Sunset also has a bloom.
The grapes have many babies ready to grow.
The Inferno Strip is in full bloom - many penstemsons, Mexican Hat, Mirabilis, snow in summer, cinquefoil, yarrow,and lambs ear.
The daylilies have also begun to bloom.

On the agenda this week is rose pruning and feeding, watering, weeding, finishing the update of the front 1/2 circle, and feeding the birds. We will be in the garden from 8am-12pm as usual. Come join us!

Peggy one of the patient volunteers and her daughter Chella along with some friends will help us clean up along Turquoise. They will pull the dreaded Dalamation Toadflax and pick up some garbage along the way. They would also appreciate any help interested in removing noxious weeds.

As usual no parking at Olivia White. Please park in the church lot on Turquoise (1st Congregational) or on the east side of Turquoise. Water and snacks are provided. Hat, sunscreen, and closed toed shoes recommended.

"There is simply the rose; it is perfect in every moment of it's existence."
Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882)


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