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 1, 2013

Workdays 7/1 and 7/4

Our Monday workday was a busy one. Julie Holmes, Cyndy Crowley, Carol Hudenko, and Mary Natali all removed weeds on the corner of Switzer and Turquoise. We had a small piece of good weed cloth and put it in part of the new pathway. The weeds are growing furiously in the new path already and we haven't had any rain. Thanks to Julie who wrote a check, next week we will add premium cloth to the rest of the path. Betty Marcus watered all the plants not on irrigation and the vegetables.

We had a special visit today from John and Jill White who were visiting from Texas with their children Jack and Phoebe. They are Olivia White's family and visit each year. Today they spent some time looking at all the new features in the garden, sampling some of the sensory pots, doing the scavenger hunt, and personally thanking many of the volunteer gardeners. Visiting with them is always inspiring to the gardeners.

On Thursday, yes the 4th of July, we had a crew of 4 in the garden. Linda Guarino spent her time adding irrigation lines to the perennial bed, the tea garden, and a few new shrubs. Betty Marcus and I spent our entire day sweeping and cleaning up debris. On Tuesday, there was a major hail storm in the canyon and on Thursday we still had piles of hail remaining. The vegetables and sensory pots were devastated with hail damage as well as many other plants. I am adding a photos of some areas.

Front door area two days after the hail

Crys Wells came and replanted some of the lettuce and spinach. Hopefully the weather will cool off a bit with the rain. We also had a dad of one of the Girls for Good, who filled feeders and cleaned out very messy bird baths.

New Blooms:
Many daylilies, lavendar, roses (Shropshire Ladd), some of our shasta daisy and ox-eyed daisy, and coreopsis. Several shrubs are blooming or ready to burst - Mt. Spray, Little Leaf Mock Orange, the Twin-flower Snowberry, and the Apache Plume.

Hollyhock with Mt. Spray shrub as a backdrop

Several years ago we purchased a Texas Red Yucca for the garden for Ginny Kadel. It is blooming in it's 4th season.
Texas Red Yucca
New in the Garden:
Beginning of weed cloth on the new pathway.

Work for the next few weeks:
Watering - inside and outside as needed (little needed due to rain). Make sure native bed with new wildflowers is wet, porch plants, and new clematis.
Weeding - north Switzer bed, circle garden, corner bed, Wood's rose under apple tree
*Add some plants to the corner bed
*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
Cut down 1 more lilac
*Circle garden - transplant some blood grass, clean up whiplash daisies, weed
Reset bricks under the bench just north of the Faerie Garden
Upcoming - 2nd feed for the roses

July 13    9am-5pm     Warner's 10% of Proceeds Day
July 25    9am-12pm   AmeriCorp help for the Thurs. workday
Aug,17 10am-12pm  Flagstaff Garden Club Tour

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