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.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Thursday Workday 8/12/10

Bee Balm in the Tea Garden (Photo by Aspen Crystal 2010)

On another sunny warm day (no rain for several days) a few regulars gathered in the garden to work on watering, weeding, planting, cleaning, compost, and thinning iris. Linda Guarino worked on the compost, planted several plants and a shrub, and began our annual iris thinning. We have several bags of thinned iris (mostly purple) available on our back porch for anyone who needs them. On Thursday 8/19/10 I will take whatever is left to the monthly Master Gardener meeting. Kay Balzer continued to work on the Inferno strip beds, weeding, transplanting, and watering new plants as needed. Carol Lease took on the job of cleaning the shed for the season - we hardly recognize it. She also found time to fill bird feeders and baths, and take care of our fountain. I spent most of my time watering as it has not rained in days. Judith Chaddock and Cynthia Katte spent most of their time deadheading and helped with the iris. Joe Harte came by and did some repairs for us. He worked on one of our seed catch trays, put some air in the tires of our wheelbarrows, and replaced some broken arms on one. We had a visitor on a walk from Missouri to the Grand Canyon and he stopped to help us weed. Even non-gardeners enjoy the many routines of gardening, being outdoors, and the companionship of other gardeners. For a small crew it was a very productive day.

Thanks to:
Dave Hill for his generous donations to the garden - a chipper for our compost pile and a stone bench for the new Michael Moore Garden.

Some of the fall asters have begun to bloom

New in the garden:
Coreopsis, Pincushion, Penstemon, Ozark Sundrop for the front beds
White Balloon Flower for the moon garden
Pasque flowers to replace a couple we lost this winter
Blue False Indigo and Cornflower for the east of the house beds

Healing in the Garden
"My cares and worries seem to melt away when I'm gardening: it is so calming for me. I'm a totally changed person after a day in my garden."
Mary Jo, a gardener in Iowa from Tending the Earth Mending the Spirit

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