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.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Workday 5/23 & 5/26

Zane Hill's new garden with the birdhouse trellis in the background.

On Saturday, Marcia Lamkin had a small crew but much was accomplished. They deadhead, cleaned bird baths, and emptied most of the dirt that needed to be removed from the front 1/2 circle garden.

On Monday, Laura Davis and Nancy Palmer worked on the MM Garden. Nancy also managed to hang the remainder of the birdhouses on the trellis. Char Wallace helped me plant tomatoes and deadheaded lavender. The tomatoes are covered with frost cloth and probably will remain that way for several weeks.

I watered, began digging some more holes for roses, and planted some seeds for greens. The weather continues to be cool and windy but we have put out some new plants for hardening off and possible planting. Those that are a bit more hardy.

Thursday was a very windy but warm day and many turned out to help in the garden. Carol Lease returned from the valley and filled bird feeders and baths, as well as working on adding lines to the drip system. Linda Guarino made some drip repairs, worked on installing new lines, and added food scraps to the compost. Julie Holmes and Crys Wells worked on digging and planting new climbing roses for the rose garden. Char Wallace worked with David Hockman on putting in the paver pathway on the north side of the house. Kay Balzer and Jim Woods worked on finishing removing soil from the 1/2 circle garden. Nancy Palmer and Marcia Lamkin worked on weeding and removing plants from the MM Garden. Nancy also worked on a sandstone pathway. I finished planting what was purchased for Zane Hill's Garden.

On Friday, Crys Wells and I finished planting the climbing roses on our new arbors.

New blooms:
Cat Mint, salvia, some pink iris, and clematis on the birdhouse trellis.

Plans for next week:
Drip lines for gardens east of house
Plant perennials
Fill bird feeders and baths
North pathway
Finish pruning roses and deadheading lavendar and germander
Water as needed

"No two gardens are the same. No two days are the same in one garden."
Hugh Johnson 1939

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