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, May 30, 2014

Spring has sprung

And flowers are blooming everywhere in the garden! Thursday was a beautiful day to be working - nice a cool and a bit of rain that didn't deter us, but was very nice for the plants. Rebecca Davis worked to cut back the lavender and helped Joe Harte set up the rain barrels. Loni Shapiro stopped by briefly to drop off extra CSA plants. Ed Skiba worked on planting his share of tomatoes and peppers as well as many of the extras that Loni gave us. Carol and Vic Hudenko weeded the Switzer corner area. Crys Wells and I put out hardscape.

We have a lot of work to do this week. We could use help putting up the birdhouse trellis, filling bird feeders and birdbaths, and more spring garden cleanup. Please stop by on Monday or Thursday if you have time. We will be starting at 8 in the summer, but you can arrive whenever you want

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