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, January 23, 2013

Agenda for 1/31/13 Meeting

Hospice Garden Meeting/Breakfast Agenda
January 31, 2013 9am-12pm

I.             Updates
                a.  2012 review
                     1.  Accomplishment for 2012 – see handout
                     2.  Correspondence (Marge Erickson, Diana, Lois’s family, Warners, Bonito St. Garden)
                                3.  Hours for 2012.
                                4.  Financial status for end of 2012
                                                Recent donations/possible 2013 donations
                                                Leftovers from 2011
                b.  Volunteers and requirements for 2013
                     1.  Volunteers
                     2.  Review general orientation to garden handout
                     3.  HIPAA
                c.   Hodge Podge recently lost a long time volunteer – want to fund something for her (small
                      penstemon garden?)
                d.  Activities for 2013
         1.  Regular workdays 2 days a week – Monday & Thursday with 1 Saturday a month if
              help available. General garden upkeep (weeding, watering, planting, dead heading,
              compost, etc.).
         2.  Revise the corner garden (Turquoise & Switzer) after the FUTS trail completion.
              Plant the new inferno strip on Turquoise west of the new sidewalk. Scatter wildflower
              seeds along new pathway in the fall.

         3.  Landscape area around sheds. Consider trellis on side of sheds and at the back of the
              parking lot. Finish pavers/walkway.
         4.  Continue work on redoing the front beds along Switzer Canyon north including drip lines.
         5.  Add sandstone walkway between sidewalk on Switzer and Rose garden-between 
              birdhouse trellis and pine tree.
         6.  Continue planting and create signs for the Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden.
                     7.  Continue other fundraising activities with material on hand (note cards, jewelry, bricks,
                     8.  Educational information updates
                          Update plant lists for individual gardens (Loni Shapiro)
                          Update general garden info sheet (Loni Shapiro) - done
                          Update donor list through 2012 (Loni Shapiro) - done
                          Revise map of garden to include new gardens & Switzer Canyon Beds (Linda
                          Complete yearly book for house on garden activities for 2012 and begin 2013 (Loni 
                          Shapiro) - done
                          Revise Wish List Book (all gardeners contribute to this) – temporary done
II.            Plans for orientation/possible group help
                a.  Spoke at fall class – need to attend spring class
                b.  Orientation last week of April/1st week of May (Thurs. & Sat. – dates TBA)
                b.  Possible groups to schedule – Megan – Brandon – Loni
                     1.  Girls for Good
                     2.  Grand Canyon Youth - Loni
                     3.  High Schools – Coconino/Flag High/NPA
                     4.  NAU – Honors Class
                     5.  AmeriCorp/CREC - Loni
                     6.  Others as requested

III.           Schedule separate meeting for planning for Corner garden and shed area.
                Schedule Feb. meeting at office with NHPC staff

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