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, October 7, 2011

Workdays 10/3/11 & 10/7/11

On Monday I worked in the garden cutting back roses and mulching in preparation for the coming winter storm.

Thursday we had a small crew but managed to get many things done before the winter storm arrived. Betty Marcus came and she began by mulching roses and new shrubs and trees. She also put away our hummingbird feeders for the season and helped Crys Wells gather hardscape to put away for the winter. Crys packed up our many decorative items from the Faerie Garden and hanging wind chimes. Judith Chaddock helped Betty with the mulching, watered indoors, added material to the compost, and helped me take down our hanging plants. I managed to find time to put the fountain away. All things that might freeze were taken down and tossed or stored in the sun room. We still have plenty to do in the next two weeks. 

Thanks to Betty, Crys, and Judith for coming out in the cold to help, and to Betty for the tasty lemon bread.

Plans for next week and the following: Wash pots Clean sheds and tools in prep of storing as many wheelbarrows as we can Plant bulbs Mulch sensory pots Assemble new composters if they are here Turn of the drip? I am working on getting a crew from one of the local high schools to help next Thursday. I will advise when I hear from them. I will have them do some of the cleaning chores and plant some bulbs.

Hope to see you in the next couple of weeks. Loni

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