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.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Plant and Garden Sale

Every year many of our perennials expand - especially this year with all the winter moisture. Because of that we thinned many of our plants. Some were put in newer parts of the garden and others will be available for purchase. Some of those available will be snow in summer, yarrow, native geranium, germander, gallardia, vinca, penstemons (Rocky Mt., clutei, and mat), and many red hot pokers.

In addition we will have some slightly used extra pots, tools, and garden art from the home and some of our gardeners. We are considering it Olivia White Garden's garage sale.

What: Plant and Garden Sale
When: Saturday, June 26, 2010 from 1-3pm
Where: Oliva White Home
752 N. Switzer Canyon Drive
No parking at the home which is reserved for staff and families. Park on Turquoise or at the 1st Congregational Church.

All proceeds to benefit the gardens at Olivia White.
For questions contact Loni Shapiro ( or 928-522-8635)

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