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, April 3, 2013

Beginning Work for the 2013 Season

With the weather warm and dry the season for regular gardeners will begin on April 8 & 11, from 9am-12pm. This is only for those who are cleared for volunteering by Northland Hospice. Others will have to wait until they complete their requirements. We will also have a workday on April 20 for Earth Day and hope to get some community help with clean-up (sweeping, raking, sanding raised beds, and bringing out hardscape).

The primary work on Monday will begin with clean-up - deadheading, composting, and beginning to put some items out in the garden (swing, table & chairs, bird baths and feeders), planting potatoes and some seed, watering. Judith Chaddock has begun to replace plants in the house and she may need some help.

For those who are interested, the FUTS trail is complete and they have sprayed a green substance on all the disturbed beds. It is a mulch to stabilize the disturbed ground with some grass and wildflower seed. We will remove some of it in beds we plan to plant this season.

Come join us if you can.


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