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, August 5, 2010

Garden Workday 8/5/10

Lavender - Photo by Aspen Crystal 2010

On a beautiful warm partly cloudy day in the garden much was accomplished. We had 12 of our regular gardeners helping. Gwen K. worked on planting, watering, and weeding. Linda Guarino, worked on the compost and weeding the new area for the Michael Moore Garden. Becky Lewis and Marcia Lamkin also worked on weeding and getting the bed ready for more soil and weed cloth. David Hockman transplanted some aspen trees into that garden from the aspen grove. Julie Holmes and Judith Chaddock weeded and Judith also deadheaded some lambs ear. Joe Harte worked on our trees, removing suckers and pruning. Carol Lease filled the bird feeders and baths, worked on leveling a large granite bath, hung a wind chime, and did a couple of plant tags. Laura Davis stayed at home and worked on our Michael Moore grant. Kay Balzer brought some plants from home and put them in the inferno strips and the native garden - pussy toes, and a variety of daisies.

Thanks to:
Kay for the donation of several plants from home

Dana Prom Smith stopped by to check out the garden and visit with other Master Gardeners

New blooming in the garden:
White phlox in the moon garden, and Shropsire Lad climbing rose next to the arbor bench (David Austin rose)

Tomatoes (sweet 100 and juliet), zucchini, lettuce, and crookneck squash

On our next Thursday workday we will begin digging up iris, continue deadheading and weeding as needed, water as needed, make some lavender wands for the house, plant a shrub, and getting the beds ready for the Michael Moore garden.

Repairs are needed on the seed catch tray, and the native garden walkway.

Come join us on Thursday anytime between 8am-12p. Water and snacks provided along with tools and gloves. Bring any special tool you like to work with. Parking only in the 1st Congregational Church lot.

"There is not a blade of grass that shoots uninteresting to me."
Thomas Jefferson
Letter to Martha Jefferson Randall 1794


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