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Gardening with nature

Want to add colour to your garden? Think pink.

Want to add colour to your garden? Think pink.

Apr 10, 2024 / 11:00 am

If pink is your colour, we have multiple options for purchase at our upcoming plant sale. I recently discussed my new-found appreciation for this colour while...

Cheery, easy-to-grow plants for your garden

Cheery, easy-to-grow plants for your garden

Mar 27, 2024 / 11:00 am

Well, it’s that exciting time of year again when we begin to get ready for our Okanagan Xeriscape Association spring plant sale. Last week, I picked up...

Another successful Seedy Sunday event

Another successful Seedy Sunday event

Mar 13, 2024 / 11:00 am

Hundreds of gardeners and the curious streamed through the doors of Parkinson Recreation Centre this past Sunday for yet another successful master...

Top three questions about xeriscape

Top three questions about xeriscape

Feb 28, 2024 / 11:00 am

A great deal has changed in the gardening world in the last century in the Okanagan, so it’s appropriate the Kelowna Garden Club celebrated its 100th...

Sustainable gardening can help save the planet

Sustainable gardening can help save the planet

Feb 14, 2024 / 11:00 am

It seems to me not a day goes by without more terrifying statistics—stunning numbers on population growth coupled with a dangerously-low snow pack this...

The water numbers don’t lie, and the news is good

The water numbers don’t lie, and the news is good

Jan 31, 2024 / 11:00 am

Outdoor residential water use in the Okanagan has been slashed in half, as a percentage of total water use in the valley, according to statistics from the...

It’s easy to keep this New Year's resolution

It’s easy to keep this New Year's resolution

Jan 17, 2024 / 11:00 am

Forget the yearly cycle of New Year’s resolutions focussed on exercising more and eating less—a recipe for disaster. We’ve all broken those...

Not a good sign as B.C. continues to dry out

Not a good sign as B.C. continues to dry out

Jan 3, 2024 / 11:00 am

From Whistler to Williams Lake there is no snow, where normally the ground is white at this time of year and recently, a bear was spotted in Glenmore, when...

A look back at the year that was for gardeners

A look back at the year that was for gardeners

Dec 20, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s been quite a year! From fires and floods to extreme drought, it’s been a year of extremes for gardeners again. I can’t help but be...

Creating future gardens from the very beginning

Creating future gardens from the very beginning

Dec 6, 2023 / 11:00 am

Whether you buy blooming plants and tall trees for your landscaping or plant seedlings and seeds—it all really begins with the collection of seeds from...

Rodent problems can force harsh measures in a garden

Rodent problems can force harsh measures in a garden

Nov 22, 2023 / 11:00 am

What’s that old saying: Do as I say, not as I do? If anyone has been by the Okanagan Xeriscape Association’s Xeriscape Demonstration Garden...

Now's the time to prep your garden for winter

Now's the time to prep your garden for winter

Nov 8, 2023 / 11:00 am

You might not like what I’m going to say, but your garden will thank you for your efforts now. I planted a shrub in a client’s garden recently and...

Enjoy ornamental grasses through the winter months

Oct 25, 2023 / 11:00 am

Grass, grass everywhere—and I’m not talking about the turf-grass type. Fall is definitely the time of year when ornamental grasses shine. What poet...

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Okanagan Xeriscape Association

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Okanagan Xeriscape Association

Oct 11, 2023 / 11:00 am

OXA executive-director Sig Kendrick and OXA volunteers work in a member’s garden. Lockie Bracken won the Dig with Sig in your own garden contest put on by...

Fundraising sale shows drought-resistant plants are growing in popularity

Fundraising sale shows drought-resistant plants are growing in popularity

Sep 27, 2023 / 11:00 am

I guess it takes drought conditions to convince people that putting in drought-tolerant perennials just makes sense in this climate. It certainly was clear at...

Drought-tolerant perennials a good choice for your garden

Drought-tolerant perennials a good choice for your garden

Sep 13, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s almost sale time. Mark your calendar for the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association’s second annual fall plant sale Sept. 23 from 10 a.m. to...

It's time to set water priorities in your garden

It's time to set water priorities in your garden

Aug 30, 2023 / 11:00 am

As we watch our favourite plants wilt and dry up under increasing water restrictions, record-setting drought conditions and extreme heat, decisions need to be...

Plants need strategies to deal with the heat too

Plants need strategies to deal with the heat too

Aug 16, 2023 / 11:00 am

Adaptability and climate-resilience are essential to survival for plants that are native to the Okanagan Valley’s arid climate, with its hot summers and...

Why it's nuts to litter your landscape with fabric

Why it's nuts to litter your landscape with fabric

Aug 2, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s insanity. Albert Einstein is generally believed to have been the one to state that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over...

Tips to keep your plants alive in scorching summer heat

Tips to keep your plants alive in scorching summer heat

Jul 19, 2023 / 11:00 am

It’s official, the world recorded the hottest day ever on July 4, with experts expecting that record to fall shortly, as high temperatures continue. These...

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