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, April 24, 2015

Week of April 20

April 20 was our first Monday workday for the year and we had a good turnout. Julie Holmes, who kept the indoor plants watered all winter, was back. Katarina Karjala weeded and deadheaded the Moon Garden. Brenda Mitchell worked on the Rose Perimeter. Carol Chicci pruned roses. Carol Hudenko, Vic Hudenko, and Laura Davis worked on garden cleanup. With the garden just coming to life, it's a good time to review the status of plants and make plans for new plantings.

On Thursday, Hope Gibbs worked in the Fairy Garden. Hope has assumed responsibility for that garden in addition to the Tea Garden and it is definitely in need of some loving care. We will look forward to that transformation. Judi Manoogian wants to take on the Rock Garden and it definitely needs some taming and direction. Brenda Mitchell continued working on the Rose Perimeter. She is working her way around that bed, trying to keep the ground cover under control. Ed Skiba came to amend the soil in the vegetable beds. Carol Hudenko weeded and deadheaded in the inferno strip, and Carol Chicci continued working on rose pruning. Crys Wells and I were busy helping everyone else. Thanks to everyone for a productive first week in the garden. 

Here are some photos that Crys took yesterday. Looks like we may get some crabapples and quince this year. 

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