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, September 2, 2010

Garden Workday 9/2/10

When I arrived in the garden early this am (730) I wished I had worn a coat. It was very cool, but by the end of the morning in the 80's. Fall is definitely arriving with wide ranges in temperatures. I had to attend a meeting first, but when I arrived people were already busy working. Al Katte had the new chipper out working on getting it ready for a demo/safety talk later in the morning.\
Al and Cynthia Katte and Linda Guarino working with the chipper. Photo by Loni Shapiro.

Linda Guarino was busy getting more of our iris thinned. Laura Davis and Nancy Palmer were watering and cleaning up the new garden area. Laura and Linda also helped me prepare fair entries for floriculture. Marcia Lamkin arrived later and began helping them as well as filling bird feeders and baths. Joe Harte and David Hockman worked on putting in a new fence in an area that could be dangerous, with some erosion. They cemented the posts in and set-up a split cedar fence that will serve as a warning and provide something for a vine to crawl up.
Switzer Canyon Drive fence. Photo by Loni Shapiro.

Cynthia Katte worked on the water feature, turning the compost, and planted some new iris. Kay Balzer continued to work on transplanting material in the far north Switzer bed. Much has been moved. We still have 2 shrubs that need to be moved (dogwood and juniper), but we are almost done with downsizing this part of the garden.

Happenings this month:
Coconino County Fair Sept. 4-7 (about 30 entries in floriculture/agriculture)
A display table was set up at the fair and we did 26 entries. The table was visited by many local and valley residents. We gave away fresh tomatoes, bearded iris, and hollyhock seeds to those who stopped by. We won 5 blue ribbons in agriculture, 5 in floricultue, 6 red in floriculture, and 1 white in agriculture and 4 in floriculture. The Juliet tomatoes won a special ribbon.

Weed Party Saturday, Sept. 11 - 9am/12pm
Regular Thursday workdays 8am-12pm

October happenings:
October 23, Saturday from 9am-12pm
Regular Thursday workdays 8am/12pm weather permitting

Come join us for our fall clean-up activities and planting/transplanting.

Loni Shapiro

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