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.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Workdays 7/16 - 19 - 21

On Monday after a plea for help in planting trees and shrubs, Toni Barnes came early and finished digging our tree hole. She also removed a large clump of red hot poker so that a rose could be planted. Ruth Ellis came and cleaned up an area where the bell flower has taken over some roses. Nancy Palmer worked on planting some new finds from the Arboretum plant sale, and put in some new solar lights to the arbor bench. I spent my time watering a couple of new plantings and removing one of our lilacs so a new nectarine could be planted in it's place. Toni, Ruth, and Nancy planted our new Amur Maple, Toni planted a new Harrison's Rose (aka - the yellow rose of texas), and she helped me plant the new dwarf nectarine. All are safely in and just need irrigation lines. All in all a very productive day.

Amur Maple to honor Patty Kavanaugh, RN
donors - Northland Hospice Staff
planters - Toni, Nancy, and Ruth
Harrison's Yellow Rose
Dwarf Nectarine from Karen Overton

On Thursday, we had a small crew. Christine Orr and Linda Guarino worked on the compost. They turned over bins, sifted, chopped material and moved the completed pile near the main compost area. . Christine and Linda also removed some dirt from the front beds. Linda and Jan Busco planted some finds from the Arboretum Plant Sale. Jeanette Sletten watered and deadheaded lamb's ear. Carol Lease worked on adding irrigation lines to the new trees and shrubs. Laura Davis came for a short time and watered the MMG. There was a discussion regarding trees on the property. We will accept no more unless something needs to be replaced. We have one tree (cottonwood vs. aspen) in the small  grove, that will get quite large.  Our 1st Hawthorne needs to be moved. It appears to be too crowded where it is, and not getting enough sun.

On Saturday we held our annual 10% Day at Warners. Susan Holiday, Steve Raymer, and Becky Lewis all helped to host a table at the nursery. We sold some of our fund raising items (cards, magnets), answered some gardening questions, and shared information about hospice and the gardens at Olivia White.
Thanks to Warners and their generous spirit and helpful friendly staff.

New in the garden:
Amur Maple Tree, Harrison's Yellow Rose (aka: yellow rose of Texas), Dwarf Nectarine
Sunset Crater Penstemon, Morman Tea, variety of penstemons, Ornamental Oregano, lavendar (Royal Velvet and white), zauchineria..
Solar lights for the arbor bench

Warner's Landscape & Nursery  10% of proceeds Day, July 21 9am-530pm
Native Plant Society Contest Awards, July 25, 630pm, Federated Church
Native Plant Society Garden Tours, July 29, 11am-4pm, OW Garden

Work for next week:
General clean-up of garden in prep for garden tours (sweeping, cleaning porch area, weed 2 native plant garden entries)
Make tags for new tree shrubs
Finish washing pots
Fill bird feeders and clean baths
Continue work on front beds (soil removal))

Loni Shapiro

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