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

Workday 7/22/10

Shasta Daisy - Photo by Aspen Crystal 2010

On my first day back in the garden we had a full crew with everyone back from vacation. It was a bit difficult for me to concentrate after lying on the beach in Capitola, CA for a couple of days.

Laura Davis continued to work on getting the grapes to climb up the gazebo and worked with Nancy Palmer on the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden. They continue to plan, move plants and weed the area. Judith Chaddock and Julie Holmes both deadhead flowers and worked on cutting lavender flower bunches for drying. Cynthia Katte and Linda Guarino worked on the compost pile. They put in two new composters from the city of Flagstaff and organized the area. Al Katte installed two rain collection devices, just in time, as they were full by the time we left the garden. Kay Balzer worked on weeding in the front of the house and continued to clean-up the south inferno strip. David Hockman was back and as usual was digging holes. He put in a new quince, moved a shrub, and helped with weeding the new garden. Carol Lease made labels, watered, worked on the bird feeders/baths, and transplanted a couple of volunteers in the Inferno Strip. Crys Wells worked on deadheading and cleaning up the pot area with Cynthia. Marcia Lamkin watered indoors and worked on the bird feeders.

New in the garden:
2 rainwater collection barrels
shelving and insulation in the greenhouse
2 new city of Flagstaff composters

French radishes
variety of lettuce

By the time I left the garden today our rainbarrel was full, water was flowing below the garden in Switzer Canyon and the rain guage read 3 inches. Needless to say the drip was turned off. John Gordon was busy in the greenhouse putting up recycled shelving, insulation on the back wall covered with recycled plywood. All in all a very busy and productive day in the garden.

Plans for Thursday include a large group of AmeriCorps volunteers to help us continue to prepare the Michael Moore Garden (hardscape, weeding, soil, transplanting some juniper), weeding on the corner, and repairing our rollercoaster walkway. We will be watering as needed, deadheading shasta daisy and lambs ear, cutting more lavender (one for each room in the house), and adding some tags to roses. It should be a very busy day.

Parking only in the church lot. As usual snacks and water will be provided, just bring yourself, any tools you prefer, and wear a hat and sunscreen.

"All work is as seed sown; it grows and spreads, and sows itself anew."
Thomas Carlyle

Loni Shapiro

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