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 30, 2010

Garden Workday 9/30/10

2010 Garden Crew with Zane

Dave Hill, Nancy Palmer and Zane

It was another beautiful day in the garden, although quite chilly when I arrived before 8am. It is difficult to believe it will be October as the garden still looks like August. We had a large crew today because we were planning our annual Harvest Lunch. Carol Lease was the first to arrive and as usual she did a variety of things, feeding and watering the birds, making shrub labels, and putting away some pots for the winter. Cynthia and Al Katte, worked on chipping up material from the compost pile, getting ready for winter. Kay Balzer picked the last of the tomatoes and cleaned the pots and put them away, she also composted some more roses. David Hockman worked on cleaning up after Agassiz built a stone bench. He got rid of all the leftover concrete. Crys Wells and I watered the front and back gardens. Judith Chaddock and Julie Holmes pruned the roses. Marilynn VanWagner watered the sun porch plants. Susan and Joe Harte stopped by with some of their beautiful award winning sweet peas. Dave Hill and Zane also joined us for the lunch.

At 11:30 we broke for our harvest lunch. As usual the food was delicious - pulled pork sandwiches, German potato salad, kolrabi slaw, tomato salad, fruit salad, green salad, jello mold salad, corn and squash bake, hummingbird cake, banana bread, lavender brownies, and drinks. We were all stuffed after that meal, but took time to review some of the season, and give/receive thanks.

The husband of a recent resident stopped by with his son to donate a wind sculpture. It was placed in the Rose Garden and was moving in the wind immediately. It is a beautiful addition to the garden and visible from several benches.

Thank you:
To all who brought food for the lunch
Bob Smith for a beautiful wind sculpture for the rose garden

Plans for next week:
Water, weed, continue fall clean-up, begin spreading mulch and putting away some hardscape.

October happenings:
Bulb Planting - Saturday, October 23, 9am-12pm

"The man who has planted a garden feels that he has done something for the good of the world." Charles Dudley Warner
My Summer as a Gardener 1871

Thank you to all who helped and donated this year,


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