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.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Garden Workday 10/7/10

On a cold, windy day in the garden we managed to get some fall clean-up done. I checked the rain guage after the big storms but found it broken. We have had almost 28 inches of rain this summer so far, and the stream was flowing in the canyon today.
David Hockman came and planted some mums purchased this week on sale. After he finished he and Julie Holmes worked on weeding and cleaning up the corner of Switzer Canyon and Turquoise one last time. It was a good day for weeding after all the rain. Nancy Palmer spent her time putting away hardscape from the Faerie Garden. Cynthia Katte worked on compost and dead heading. Judith Chaddock dead headed and cleaned-up plants on the sunporch. We are expecting our first frost this week, and most of the tender plants have been moved inside for the winter. Vicki Goodwin returned after a busy summer and spent her time cleaning up the tea garden for winter. Laura Davis stopped by for a short time to plant some seeds in the Michael Moore Garden. Carol Lease stopped by to say goodbye. She is off to the valley for the winter.

New in the garden:
5 mums planted in the front gardens for color

Thank you:
Cynthia Katte for helping put together our seed packets for distribution to families. We now have two (Mexican hat and hollyhocks).

Next week:
Plans for next week include putting away hardscape, weeding the front gardens one last time, watering as needed, collecting some hollyhock seed, deadheading and tying up large roses, spreading mulch, and planting a couple of perennials weather permitting.

October happenings:
October 23, 2010 9am-12pm Bulb Planting
We will have Iris (Dutch and bearded), Daffodils, Tulips, Crocus, Alliums, Scilla and Snowdrops to get in the ground - more than 200 bulbs to replace those eaten this spring. We also hope to have the Grand Canyon Youth Corp. to help us that day.

"An iris likes to sit on the ground the way a duck sits on the water: half in, half out." Anne Raver Deep in the Green (1995)

"It is a greater act of faith to plant a bulb than to plant a tree."
Clare Leighton Four Hedges (1935)

I will be gone for a week - Horticultural Therapy Conference in Chicago. Hope I have new ideas to share on my return.


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