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.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Work Week of 7/15 & 18

We had a fairly quiet week at the garden. No watering was needed other than a few new plantings due to some heavy rain the last week. Betty Marcus worked for me on Monday for a couple of hours. She was alone other than some help from the Girls for Good to feed and water the birds.

On Thursday, Rebecca Davis and Joe Harte worked on two of the rain barrelss. One was moved due to access and drainage and the the other leveled to keep it from tipping over in our heavy rains. Please use these whenever you can so they are not so full. Judith Chaddock worked on the indoor plants using the rain barrel on the back porch. Betty Marcus deadheaded throughout the garden, Lori Tamblingson and Sue Ordway both weeded in a variety of areas of the gardens. I spent my time working on removing spreading plants from around the roses, and beginning to clean the compost area.

The Hopi vegetable bed has recovered from the hail in early July. It contains corn, beans and squash.

New Blooms:
Lots of Shasta daisy, coneflowers, clematis and more roses

Carefree Sunshine Rose
Nelly Moser  Clematis on shed trellis
New in the Garden:
New perennials in the corner garden, and the decorative wheelbarrow in the Native Garden
Check out the beautiful pots in front of the office. They were planted by Carol H. and Leslie.

Work for the next few weeks:
Watering - inside and outside as needed.  Make sure native bed with new wildflowers is wet, porch plants, new clematis and honeysuckle, corner garden, moon garden trellis, native garden wheelbarrow, and Jobs tears.
Weeding as needed. Check rose garden for perennials choking out roses and remove pine seedlings
Plant perennials on corner
*Gather rock for a native garden rock garden, and to line the new path from Switzer to the Rose garden
     Once created, fill with soil/compost, and transplant some plants from other areas of the garden
*Circle garden - transplant some blood grass, and weed.
Reset bricks under the bench just north of the Faerie Garden
Move mulch to needed parts of the garden
Clean up compost area

July 25    9am-12pm   AmeriCorp help for the Thurs. workday
               Work on sandstone pad for new trellis across from the rose garden, finish weedcloth on
               pathway, add rock to stone pathway
Aug,17  10am-12pm  Flagstaff Garden Club Tour

Thanks, Loni

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