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Coming Events, Summer/Fall 2014

Principles of Landscape Design, Saturday, September 20

Design a Garden Bed -- A Workshop with Toni Boot

On Saturday, September 20, 9am to 12noon, Toni Boot of Grasslands Nursery will conduct a hands-on Garden Bed Design workshop at the Gardens. Using one of the Gardens' own flower beds, Toni will give you the information you need to design a garden bed yourself.
Fee: $20, including most materials and refreshments.

For more information, download the poster here or email

About Toni Boot
Toni is the founder of Grasslands Nursery, well known for its xeriscape and native plant landscaping services, as well as Permaculture and food growing workshops, and for its extensive community involvement. Toni also teaches horticulture classes at Okanagan College.

Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre Centennial, October 4, 2014

Friends of the Gardens Presents
A series of events at the Gardens in Celebration of Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre’s Centennial, Saturday, October 4, 2014 10am – 4pm:

An Open House at the historic Superintendent's house:
  • Guided Tours of the House and Refreshments by the Friends of the Gardens; Donations appreciated.

  • Hummingbird Information Centre -- Tours of the Gardens:
  • 10am - 11am -- Xeriscape in the Gardens with Kathryn McCourt
  • 11am - Noon -- The Welcome Garden plus the Rain Garden with Donna Lane
  • Noon – 1pm -- Grasses in the Gardens with Eva Antonijevic
  • 1pm – 2pm -- Trees in the Gardens with Peggy Zachary
  • 2pm – 3pm -- Highlights of the Gardens with Bev Krieger

  • Download the poster here or email for more information.

    Fall Plant Sale

    Last but not least, we will also have a Fall Plant Sale happening at the Gardens on October 4, featuring fall perennials that can be planted in the ground for the winter. Don't miss this great opportunity to get some quality plants for your garden!

    Weedy Wednesdays (and Saturdays)

    Every Wednesday & Saturday, through September

    Work with expert gardeners, and learn as you go along. No experience necessary!

    Join us for an hour or two, or more, and help keep the Gardens looking beautiful.
    Our 6 hectares requires lots of labour! Even a couple of hours of your time will make a difference! We look forward to seeing you in the Gardens.

    There are many gardening opportunities for those who have a special interest in a particular plant such as Daylilies, Roses, Dahlias Grasses, annuals or perennials. We have beds that would greatly benefit from some extra TLC.

    This season Wilma and Trina are working in the Gardens Tuesday to Saturday, and they look forward to welcoming volunteers on Wednesdays or Saturdays (or both), or on any of our special work parties.

    Just give Wilma and Trina a call to let them know you are coming (leave a message), 250-494-6385.