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, July 3, 2012

Workdays - Week of 7/2 - 7/8

On Monday we had a small crew but managed to get many things on our list done. Julie Holmes worked on cleaning up and tagging plant sale items. Laura Davis worked in the MMG - planting and watering.  Toni Barnes got the fun job of digging in our very dry soil. She planted some daylilies behind the pet memorial area, removed a buffalo berry stump,  and continued removing plants and cleaning up the front beds. This week we will start removing soil and on Sunday will have AmeriCorp remove some shrubs. We have a new summer volunteer from NPA - Linnea - who spent her time watering several beds. Katarina Karjake watered and cleaned up the front beds.

Our plant sales are going well (about $250). I will send a revised list out at the end of the week. We will probably only go 2 more weeks.

On Thursday we had a good sized crew (10). Linnea came again and watered. She also cleaned the bird baths and made some hummingbird food. Laura Davis stopped by to water the MMG and leave some treats. Judith Chaddock watered indoor and helped with weeding outdoors. Christine Orr worked on the compost and helped Judith weed. Crys Wells came with her two nieces who come by each year to help in the garden. Crys watered and her nieces weeded a nasty area just south of the Faerie Garden. Debbie Crisp and Becky Lewis both had the least fun task of digging up dirt from the front beds in preparation for redoing the beds. Jeanette Stetlan fed and watered most of our  roses. Our Plant & Garden Sale continued with many visitors. Some plants and garden tools remain. Watch the listserv for details.

We had a large crew (9) on Sunday from AmeriCorp. They did many hard tasks over 3 hours in the garden. 4 shrubs were dug out of the front beds, and two (burning bush) were replanted. We missed David Hockmans' expertise with fishing out the large rocks, which we found many of, but managed to get the job done. Other jobs accomplished were removing weeds from the south rock wall, gathering some rocks to circle the new plantings, moving  sandstone to the MMG, and watering before it poured (yeah). Laura Davis helped me keep all busy and she watered the MMG, and tied up some of the grape vine in the gazebo.

2012 AmeriCorp crew planting a shrub

Plans for next week:
Watering as needed
Dig up red hot poker - plant Harrison's Yellow Rose
Plant new current
Compost pile
Weeding - 1/2 Circle Garden & Switzer Canyon Inferno Strips
Continued work on front bed garden -soil removal
Remove bell flower
Cut lavendar and press flowers 

Native Plant Society Contest judging July 14 or 15
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


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