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.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Thank You to the Flagstaff Community 12/11

Thank You from the VolunteerGardeners at Olivia White Hospice Home
Thank you to all our regularvolunteer gardeners (master gardeners & hospice supporters) for a verysuccessful garden season. Each year our garden crew grows. This year we had 18regular and 5 seasonal volunteers. Because of that, for a second year we wereable to do a Plant and Garden sale. Additional thanks to those that continue tosupport us throughout the year with their generous donations of materials andtime. Warner’s Landscape and Nursery continued with an 8th year of 10%of proceeds day for Olivia White Hospice as well as discounts for purchases. The Flagstaff Leadership Program held afundraiser for us at 1st Friday Artwalk, and spent a day in thegarden helping us get the season started. The Bountiful Alliance foundation awarded another grant to continue to developa garden to honor Michael Moore (writer and naturalist). Work on the Native Medicinal Garden began in2010 and will continue in 2012. Last ofall Dave & Terri Hill continued their generous support of the gardens bydonating arbors and fencing for a new garden entry. We had our usual group help from the community(AmeriCorps, Northland Prep Academy, and Flagstaff High Honor Society), andindividual donations by many families who utilized services offered in thehome. One family made an unusualdonation. They donated a 100 year old lilac that came all the way from backeast. It was dug up by two of ourgardeners from the former resident’s yard and replanted in front of the home.The family also added a dedication sign and some rock that came from Iowa.

Because of the generous support from the community wewere able to purchase a large shed, some new composters and wheelbarrows inaddition to our plant material. We addedone new garden and revamped an old garden from 2002. In May the new garden wasdedicated to our long time therapy dog Zane. It is backed by our birdhousetrellis which now has a small memorial brick area dedicated to pets. Zane’ssuccessor Murphy was in attendance at the dedication along with manyfriends. Thanks also go to Dana PromSmith who reminded us about the importance of dogs (pets) in all our lives.
The gardens and Olivia White Home continue to be an inspirationfor all residents in Flagstaff. They help those in need of the services offered,need a quiet place to contemplate life, celebrate others lives, or just enjoypassing by, and as a place for gardeners to learn. This year visits included: the Flagstaff Garden Club, the SeniorCompanion/Foster Grandparent programs, the Arboretum docents and staff, and thetours for the Native Plant Society Annual Contest. Recognition was receivedfrom them for two of our gardens – Moon and Rock.

We begin our season in January with monthly planningmeetings until April when weather permitting we began cleaning up the garden.Plans for 2012 include continuing work on the Michael Moore Native MedicinalGarden, working with the city on redoing our Turquoise and Switzer Canyoncorner garden after they add a FUTS trail, a summer plant and garden sale, and some updating of thegardens in front of the home. Come join us if you like to garden, or just wantto learn. Watch our blog ( for dates andbeginning orientation to the gardens.

Flagstaff ….. thank you again for your generous spirit!

“At the heart of gardening there is a belief in themiraculous.” Mirabel Osler

Loni Shapiro
and the volunteer gardeners of Olivia White Hospice Home

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