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Summerland Ornamental Gardens Is Book Publisher

In 2004, following 30 years as the initiating force and oft-times editor of "Gardening in the Dry Interior of British Columbia", Juergen Hansen passed on the legacy of this well-known publication to the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens. The next edition, edited by Anne Ginns, was published in 2003, and the most recent edition, revised by Linda Sears, was published in 2007.

This book is a source of valuable information for experienced and novice Okanagan gardeners, covering a variety of unique and diverse climate, geological, and ecological conditions encountered in Okanagan gardening.

The Friends of the Gardens have taken on the responsibility of updating future editions and overseeing marketing of the book through bookstores and on site during plant sales at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

Copies of the book, "Gardening in the Dry Interior of British Columbia" sell for $20.00 and are available from independent bookstores in the Okanagan.

From the back cover

"In 1976 a group of gardening enthusiasts came together to write about gardening in the Okanagan. Since them, several revised editions of the book have appeared, a testament to its value and popularity. This new expanded edition - Gardening in the Dry Interior of British Columbia - contains even more useful information and tips on how to grow plants in dry areas.

Different regions of the dry interior share certain common features - hot summers prone to periods of drought; mild but occasionally cold winters; generally alkaline soils; water limitations - all of which call for a particular kind of gardening. Gardening in the Dry Interior of British Columbia is a guidebook for newcomers and local residents alike. The authors pool their collective experience writing about plants, vegetables, soil organic matter, water use and much more, in the hope that others will share their enthusiasm for the challenges and rewards of gardening in the unique dryland interior of the province".

For further information: phone Summerland Ornamental Gardens at 250-494-6385 or email

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