With community gardens growing in popularity and more of us visiting the Farmers Market regularly for the freshest fruits and vegetables, the 19th annual Flower Power Garden Tour has embraced these garden trends with it’s 2016 tour lineup.
This self-guided tour of nine gardens provides a great opportunity to learn about growing your own food, creating a garden that provides both colour and change through the seasons, a real-life lesson in how a garden can be healing, and how a few short years and a make-over can transform an outdoor space from overwhelming to amazing.
This year, the Flower Power Garden Tour on Saturday, June 18 is part of Garden Days, Canada’s coast to coast celebration of the role of gardens in our communities and in our lives.
The gardens on the tour include:
- A beautiful home located in a quiet, country-like setting with sweeping views of the valley, lake and mountains with plantings enhancing the beauty of the surroundings and, except for our short Okanagan winters, something is always in bloom
- Tugging on your heart strings another garden is a love story to the owner’s husband who died and never saw his garden plans completed. This entire garden is filled with heartfelt touches, fruit trees, a hazelnut grove, raised garden beds and a fire pit that seats 12
- For those interested in vegetable gardening we are visiting a small scale farm that produces 40,000 lbs of vegetables per season. You may not be planning a farm, but tour guests can capitalize on the farmer’s expertise to translate their wisdom to our small plot of land or patio pot.
- Another garden surrounds a beautiful heritage home built in 1907 that is listed as one of Canada’s Historic Places. The equally historic property features extensive gardens, large trees and shrubs.
- An urban garden tucked behind antique wooden doors with relaxing outdoor spaces and unique fairy gardens created for the owner’s daughter
- A garden that’s like a trip to the produce market with a peach tree grafted with plums, all you can eat blueberries, strawberries, Prairie Saskatoons and even peanuts!
Gardening experts Ken Salvail, the Okanagan Xeriscape Association and Okanagan Master Gardeners are on site to answer questions along with artists, demonstrations and tastings throughout the gardens scattered around the city. With the wide variety of gardens the Flower Power tour has something for both wanna-be and experienced gardeners.
Funds raised support Chefs in the Classroom – Edible Education – an initiative of the Okanagan Chefs Association for Grade 3 classrooms in School District 23 and Central Okanagan Community Gardens helping communities create sustainable green spaces for gardening, food production, gathering and education
Tickets for Flower Power on Saturday, June 18th are available at Bylands, Art Knapp, Green & Bear It, The Greenery, Dogwood Nursery, Rick’s Garden World, Kelowna Tickets at Orchard Park or flowerpowerylw.ca