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, April 28, 2011

Workdays 4/25 & 4/28

On Monday I was in Santa Fe, plant shopping at High Country Gardens, Plants of the Southwest and Agua Fria Nursery. Not sure what the weather was like here but Santa Fe had gale force winds, rain and snow, but I had a good time anyway. All these nurseries have so many drought tolerant plants it is fun to browse. My husband read almost a complete book while waiting for me just at HIGH COUNTRY GARDENS. I made purchases for our new Native Medicinal Garden, Zane's Garden (former therapy dog), and a new Meadow Garden in front of the Olivia White Home. While I was gone Betty Marcus and Laura Davis watered some plants we have dug up.

On Thursday, we had a small crew but managed to as usual get a great deal done. Laura Davis worked in the Michael Moore Garden and made some purchases at the Landscape Connection. I spent my time filling the standing raised beds and Zane's new garden with soil and compost. Cynthia Katte and Vicki Goodwin both worked on putting tulips and daffodils in the garden from the beds on Switzer Canyon. Cynthia also got the last of the potatoes in. Linda Guarino and Kay Balzer continued to work on the 1/2 circle garden plant removal. Christine Orr removed the last of the phlox and transplanted them to the Inferno Strip. We all did a bit of watering, but the beds other than the inferno strip are still moist. Water should be turned on next week.

New Blooming:
Moon flower, quince, and pansy. Peeking up the sweet peas planted on St. Patrick's Day by Joe Harte.

Kay McConagha, Director of Northland Hospice
Cheryl Metzger, Non-patient Volunteer Coordinator

Zane Hill's Garden Dedication 5/5/11 at 11am

Plant & Garden Sale 6/25/11 from 11am-2pm

Come join us next week on Mon. & Thurs. from 9am-12pm
Front 1/2 Circle Garden soil preparation
Zane's Garden planting
MMNM Garden
Deadheading and weeding

Loni Shapiro

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