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 9, 2010

Garden Workday 9/9/10

New Willow Bench in the Faerie Garden. Photo by Loni Shapiro.

On another sunny cool morning we were able to get much accomplished in the garden. Laura Davis and Marcia Lamkin worked on placing the new willow bench. Appropiately it will reside in the Faerie Garden. It is not only beautiful , but fits into the whimsy of the garden. This bench has been on our wish list for several years and was donated earlier this summer by Susan Roe and family in memory of her father. It will be a special place to sit and enjoy the view of the canyon from the Faerie Garden.

David Hockman continued his digging ways - transpanting two large shrubs in our front north garden. We have been busy for several weeks moving plants to make this a smaller/more compact garden for more efficient watering. Kay Balzer transplanted some more day lilies and penstemon ,and I spent some time defining the end with malapais rock. Next week we will try to move one more shrub into the area - weather permitting.

Linda Guarino and Cynthia Katte worked on the compost. Cynthia brought her sifter from home and the resulting compost looked like black gold, ready for Home & Garden magazine.

Linda also worked on transplanting some Sneezeweed into the new Native Medicinal Garden and Cynthia began cleaning and cutting back the iris. Becky Lewis helped her do that and also deadheaded the roses. Marilynn V. returned from her busy life and watered the front gardens for us. Crys Wells stopped in and helped to deadhead and weed.
New in the garden:
Willow Bench in the Faerie Garden
A smaller north bed on Switzer Canyon Drive
Some of the first plants added to the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden
Plans for September:
Weeding Party this Saturday morning 9/11/10 from 9am-12pm
Regular Thursday workdays for the month from 8am-12pm
Plans for October:
Saturday 10/23/10 from 9am-12pm Bulb Planting
Next week our work on fall cleaning and some transplanting dependent on weather/forecast.
"Everybody needs beauty as well as bread, places to play in and pray in, when Nature may heal and cheer and give strength to body and soul alike." John Muir
Loni Shapiro

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