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.

Saturday, June 26, 2010

Workday 6/24/10 and Plant Sale

This week was a successful one for the gardeners at Olivia White. On Thursday in the am several volunteers came and helped us get ready for the plant sale. Cynthia Katte, Judith Chaddock, Julie Holmes, Becky Lewis, Bethany Page, David Hockman, Kay Balzer, Cindy Murray, Linda Guarino, and Marilyn VanWagner. Kay and David worked on the corner of Switzer and Turquoise thinning moonshine yarrow and weeding. Becky, Julie, Judith, Bethany and Cynthia did some thinning and getting plants ready for sale. Marilyn watered some of the beds. Linda and Cindy resanded our back patio.

On Thursday afternoon Kay came back and helped me with some much needed supervisory assistance on the last day of the Upward Bound group. They watered, weeded, stained a bench, filled bird baths, and cleaned the sunporch. Thanks again to Upward Bound and especially Verlinda Folgheraiter for their help this month.

On Saturday, we held our 1st Annual Plant and Garden Sale. We sold many plants and garden tools/art. We made a nice profit so we may do this again. All the plants were extras in the garden and our only expense was for soil. The leftover plants will be available for the next couple of weeks on Thursday AMs. Extra garden tools/art will be donated to Hodge Podge. The profits will go towards upgrading our sustainability - composter, and a couple of rainwater collection devices for our gutters.

Special thank yous to: Julie Holmes, David Hockman, Becky Lewis, Cynthia and Alan Katte, Marilyn VanWagner, and Kay Balzer for helping on the day of the sale. Thanks also to Laura Davis for providing some herbal tea. Thanks also to those who came and spent their money to improve the gardens at Olivia white.

On a side note, a couple of years ago we were given a donation of several amaryllis which Cynthia Davis planted in a big pot on our sunporch. They were beautiful the first year, but with so much going on in the garden somewhat neglected except for occasional watering. The sun porch the last two years has been cold because of our winters. We even lost a few plants. On Saturday after the plant sale I went through the sunporch to clean up and to my surplrise found several of the red amaryllis boldly blooming. Another example of the magic in growing plants at Olivia White Hospice.

Next Thursday, we will continue to weed on the corner of Switzer and Turquoise and begin to move plants in the beds on Switzer just north of the house. The drip will need to be added to the newly moved plants. We always have watering to do as well. Come join us for any or all of the time in the garden - 8am-12pm.

Warner's 10% day - July 17th, 2010

"The man who has planted a garden feels he has done something for the good of the world." Charles Dudley Warner - My Summer in the Garden (1871)


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