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 8, 2010

Workday, July 8, 2010

Rose Garden and Gazebo - June 2010

Thursday was a busy and warm day in the garden. Peggy Sheldon-Scurlock came with a group of students from Northland Prep. Academy's Honor Society. They pulled weeds, and did general clean-up of the property east of the gardens. They removed Dalamation Toadflax, bindweed and garbage from the area. They also scavenged some rocks for one of our front gardens. Several of our regulars came - Linda Guarino, Nancy Palmer, Marcia Lamkin, Julie Holmes, Kay Balze, Marilynn VanWagner, and Becky Lewis. Linda got us a truckload of soil from Landscape Connection and a load of manure from Equestrian Estates. Several helped unload the materials near the site of the new garden for Michael Moore. Kay worked on cleaning up the south inferno strip, replacing some plants lost this winter, weeding, and digging up some dying grasses. Nancy and Becky worked on improving the 1/2 circle in front of the house. Thay added plants (daylily, creeping phlox, and moonshine yarrow) and improved the bed with a west rock wall. Julie pruned the roses for the 2nd time, fed them and I watered the feed in. Marilynn watered and weeded. Marcia filled the bird feeders and baths.

We had several visitors to the garden. John Gordan, from With the Grain Woodworks, came to look at getting the greenhouse ready for fall (insulation, shelving, and a better floor). Catherine Sickafoose came to see what was blooming and to remind us about her show at Brandy's for the month of July. Last but certainly not least the White's came to pay their respects to Olivia on the 3rd anniversary of her death. 3 generations were present - her sister Josie, mom Jill, and grandma Joan. They spent some time just walking through the gardens and enjoying a beautiful day.

Next week I will be in California and Cynthia Katte will be in charge. On the agenda is the usual watering/weeding, finishing up the pruning and feeding of the roses, labeling some of our many beautiful vines, feeding and providing water for the birds, and cleaning up the compost area. We have something getting into our piles even with covers held down by large rocks - skunk, ground squirrels, racoons? We need to get all our compost in containers. If you have any unused City of Flagstaff composters please contact me (

On Saturday the 17th of July we will hold our 7th Annual 10% Day at Warners. 10% of the proceeds will benefit the gardens. Come get your plants as the monsoons start and save all that watering. Hospice volunteers and Master Gardeners will be available for questions and garden as well as hospice items will be for sale. Your purchases will support the beautiful gardens at Olivia White and Northland Hospice.

New Blooms:
Hollyhocks, Rocky Mountain Bee Plant, Prairie Penstemon (white flowers), some Shasta Daisy.

New in the garden:
Two rainwater collection devices - to be installed.

"Perhaps our best hope for gardening as an art is that gardening is an activity whose never-achieved aim is progress towards a nerver-completed work of art."
Geoffrey Charlesworth The Opinionated Gardener (1952)


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