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.

Monday, July 9, 2012

Workdays 7/9/12 - 7/15/12

On Monday this week we had a few volunteers after the glorious rain. Tomi Barnes came early and worked in the MMG, dug up some juniper from the front beds, and planted some new shrubs. Betty Marcus watered some new transplants, fed and watered the birds, and cut some spinach and lettuce for the house. Laura Davis worked on putting in some new plants and watering the MMG. I spent my time washing pots, keeping everyone else busy, and taking care of some plant sales.

On Sunday we will have the Native Plant Society to judge a couple of our gardens for their contest (Zane's Garden & the 1/2 Circle Purple & Red Meadow Garden).

New plants in the garden:
      Sierra Pink Currant
      Lavender "Royal Purple"

Plans for the week:
     *Plant an Amur Maple after moving a small shrub
     *Continue getting the beds ready for planting (front of the house), removing plants & dirt
     *Remove red hot pokers & plant a yellow rose
    * Move dirt and compost from the north end of the house
     Compost care (chipping the juniper or tossing if not wanted)
     Watering as needed with the beginning of the monsoons
     Planting 2 lavender, and several annuals for the front pots
     Remove bell flower again from the area north of the rose garden
     *Weeding - Infernos and the 2 judging gardens
     Cut lavender for drying and press flowers
Native Plant Society Contest judging July 15, 1130am
Warner's Annual 10% Day for Northland Hospice & Olivia White Gardens July 21 - 9am - 5pm
Saturday Workday - July 28 9am-12pm
Native Plant Society Evening Event July 25
Native Plant Society Public Tour July 29 11am-4pm

Hope to see you on Thursday.


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