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.

Friday, June 10, 2011

Workdays 6/6/11 & 6/9/11

On Monday, we had a small crew but managed to get several things done. Nancy Palmer came and manged to get more weeding done in the Michael Moore Garden. Char Wallace finished deadheading the germander on the Inferno Strip. Kay Balzer came and finished getting the 1/2 circle garden ready for soil on Thursday. I spent my time planting a few annuals and watering.

Thursday we had a larger crew. David Hockman finished working on the pavers for the north pathway and will finish adding the frames next week. Betty Marcus had the unenviable task of removing all material from the shed and putting it in the greenhouse, so we can begin to construct our new shed. She also managed to find time to water the Inferno Strips. Becky Lewis sprayed some roses for aphids, planted some annual pots, and helped Kay Balzer unload soil for the 1/2 circle garden. Kay unloaded soil and planted the new plants in the garden with the help of Linda Guarino. Linda brought the soil in her truck and helped unload and plant.

Carol Lease worked today mostly on drip repairs. Cristine Orr and Gail Reed spent their time planting annual pots throughout the garden. Judith Chaddock cleaned the sunporch area again and brought out all the geraniums. Julie Holmes planted some annuals in pots. Nancy Palmer continued to work on the weeding in the Michael Moore Garden with the help of Hattie Braun.

Signs of several animals visiting the garden were evident this week. The tops of our beautiful variegated pink-phlox were gone, and I found many holes where tulip bulbs used to be. We have an abundance of lizards this year and I spotted this fellow sunning himself on a rock. I almost missed him.

New in the garden:
Annual pots: lobelia, petunia, geraniums, vinca, callibrochia, bacopa, salvia, alyssum, red salvia, dahlberg daisy, pennisetum grass
New in 1/2 circle garden: a variety red & purple penstemons, a variety of grasses, purple & red sage, bee balm

New blooming:
More iris including Dutch, gaura, dogwood, ox-eyed daisy, penstemons, and lambs ear, Austrian copper rose, sulfur buckwheat, and locust tree along Switzer Canyon

Special kudos:
Kay Balzer for all her hard work on getting the 1/2 circle garden up and running before the monsoons
David Hockman for putting in a difficult pathway with little help
Linda Guarino & Carol Lease for all their work on getting the drip up and running
Nancy Palmer for managing the Michael Moore Garden for the last 3 weeks in Laura's absence (finishing the pavers and weeding)

Plans for next week:
Educational piece this Thursday from Joe Harte on Pruning Tips (at the break)
Finish the north pathway
Remove some mulch from heavy areas
Finish planting annuals
Begin getting plants ready for sale (dividing larger pots of Shasta Daisy)
Water new plantings as needed
Move old shed and begin constructing new

June 18, Monthly Saturday Workday 9am-12pm
June 25, Plant and Garden Sale, 11am-2pm
July 16, 10% Day at Warners, 9am-5pm

Come join us for our upcoming workdays on Mon. 9-12 and Thurs. 8-12 and Saturday 9-12. Parking on Turquoise or at the 1st Congregational Church lot. Hat and sun screen recommended. Water and snacks provided.

"Of all wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing "Embraceable You" in spats."
Woody Allen


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