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 5, 2010

Workdays 6/1 & 6/3, 2010

The first week of June was a warm and busy week for the gardens at Olivia White Home. On Tuesday, we had our first visit from a group of highschoolers from throughout the state (Upward Bound). There were 11 from Coconino High, schools in Williams, Winslow, Window Rock and Hopi, along with their supervisor for the month. They are living at NAU, taking classes and doing volunteer work. On Tues & Thurs. they watered, weeded, fed the birds, planted, and helped the house clean the garage.

On Thursday, many of our regular crew came and 10 college students from CREC that Laura Davis supervised. The crew from CREC got our new Michael Moore Native Medicinal Garden started - weeding and moving some non-native shrubs and plants. They also helped Linda Guarino unload some compost from Equestrian Estates. Linda also set the timers on our drip system and planted some perennials. Vicki Goodwin worked on weeding, Cindy Murray, Cynthia Katte, and Judith Chaddock watered and moved mulch from the roses, Carol Lease worked on the drip and the roses, Marcia Lamkin on the Faerie Garden, Marilynn V. watered & weeded, Crys Wells planted potted some red hot pokers and iris taken out of the beds by CREC, and David Hockman dug a hole and worked on a bench that needs to be repaired. I spent most of my time trying to keep everyone busy.

New blooms:
Dutch Iris, Evening Primrose, several succulents in the rock garden, and some penstemons.

New plants:
Too numerus to list, but many annuals in pots.

Come join us next week. We will be planting more annuals, and digging up some plants for our planned Plant & Garden Sale on June 26th. If you have any garden plants or tools you want to contribute, please contact Loni Shapiro at 928-522-8635 or

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