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, August 21, 2010

Garden Workday 8/19/10

On another warm, dry day in the garden our regular crew worked on pathways, compost, deadheading, and the new Michael Moore garden. Nancy Palmer and Laura Davis worked on planting some aspen, weeding, planning, and digging a hole for a new tree. Laura also continued to work on trellising our bush clematis and grape vine in the gazebo.

Clematis and grapevine growing on the gazebo trellis. Photo by Loni Shapiro

Native Plant & Seed gave us a deal we couldn't resist for a new Arizona Walnut which will grace the Michael Moore Garden. David Hockman began work on repairing our pathways and mentioned that it went much faster when Karen was helping. They are all needing repair from the heavy rains we continue to get this season. Cynthia Katte worked on the compost and continued deadheading. Julie Holmes filled birdfeeders and baths and also worked on deadheading.

Julie Holmes deadheading the Shasta daisy. Photo by Loni Shapiro

Marcia Lamkin watered the house plants and helped Nancy and Laura in the MMG. I spent my time watering, weeding, and running out to get some sand for the pathways.

Thank you:
Nancy Palmer for helping with shipping on the willow bench and purchase of an Arizona Walnut.
Jean Hockman for the donation of some Naked Lady Amaryllis which we will pot and put on the sunporch for the winter (Zone 7-11).

New in the garden:
Arizona Walnut Tree
Aspen cluster
3 Fall Woods Asters (Pink/Purple/Blue)

Upcoming workdays:
Saturday, September 11, 9am-12pm - a weeding party
Saturday, October 23, 9am-12pm - fall bulb planting

Come join us in the garden on Thursday between 8am-12pm. We will continue to work on pathways, deadheading, watering as needed, weeding, and the Michael Moore Garden. Parking only available at the 1st Congregational Church on Turquoise just past Switzer Canyon Drive.

"What a magical place! I thought gardens like this only existed in dreams. Thank you for this beautiful gift." From Tending the Earth Mending the Spirit

Most of us who work at Olivia White Gardens can identify with this quote.


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