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.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Garden Workday 9/23/10

I arrived in the garden this am to very cool weather, and a rain guage that registered 1.75 inches from the storms on Wednesday. We had a large group today and our focus was on adding compost to the gardens, weeding, and continuing our fall clean-up (dead heading and cutting back irises). Kay Balzer, David Hockman, Marilynn VanWagner, and Becky Lewis all worked at adding compost to the east beds and the rose garden. Becky and Cynthia Katte also spent time cutting back and cleaning up iris which was finally finished today. It is hard to believe that all the iris we have came from an original group of about 30 donated from one person in 2004, and a few extras from Betty Marcus and by purshase. We probably gave away more than 200 this year and they grace almost every garden we have. Cynthia also did her usual work with the compost. Crys Wells and I weeded along Switzer Canyon Drive. Al Katte stopped by to look at repairing our standing bed for next year. Joe Harte pruned trees and gathered Mexican hat seed for our donation seed packets. Carol Lease returned from vacation and did many tasks - filling bird feeders, cleaning hummingbird feeders, repairing the drip system, and maintaining the fountain.

New in the garden:
The beginnings of a new stone bench in the Michael Moore Garden

A clean garage
A clean, re-organized greenhouse
All iris trimmed and cleaned

October happenings:
Weekly workdays from 8-9 am-12pm
Saturday, October 23, 9am-12pm bulb plantign

Workdays will continue into November weather permitting to put hardscape away and coninute fall clean-up.

Plans for next week include spreading more compost, weeding, and dead heading, watering, spreading mulch if available, organizing the greenhouse for winter (pots that are outside), and our fall harvest lunch.
Cutleaf Staghorn Sumac with fall color. Photo by Loni Shapiro.

"In the garden, Autumn is, indeed the crowning glory of the year, bringing us the fruition of months of thought and care and toil.
And at no season, safe perhaps in Daffodil time, do we get such superb colour effects as from August to November."
- Rose G. Kingsley, The Autumn Garden, 1905


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