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.

Monday, July 30, 2012

Native Plant Society - Garden Tours

The volunteers at Olivia White Hospice Garden want to thank the Native Plant Society for 2 special awards for our Red and Purple Mini Meadow and for the Zane Memorial Garden. Thanks to all who came to visit the garden on Sunday. We did not have a sign-in but I am sure more than 100 came to look at the gardens which are at their peak with all the rain. In addition to the 2 legged visitors there were many 4 legged and winged residents of the garden who were boldly out to watch. Several people requested the lemon cookie recipe. It is my favorite cookie from Martha Stewart and here is the link. Enjoy!

Thanks also to the garden volunteers who helped make it a successful day.
Toni Barnes, Laura Davis, Nancy Palmer, Linda Guarino and Marcia Lamkin

Sometimes our season gets long with so much work to do, but having visitors come and admire what you have accomplished makes it all worthwhile.

Thanks again,
Loni Shapiro

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