Despite the forecast, the weather was beautiful and sunny for the 17th annual Kelowna Garden Tour, Flower Power. Nine spectacular gardens were featured and each was unique and appealing in its presentation.
Ticket holders were amazed and amused by the individual talents of the gardeners at the Community Garden on the tour with each small plot showcasing the personality and appetite of the individual owner.
The talents and charm of Curtis Stone and his urban garden had guests peppering him with questions and sharing the philosophy of urban farms. For many, they had driven by this plot never realizing what was really happening and the amount of vegetables produced on one downtown space. We’re sure he’ll have even more fans at the Kelowna Farmers Market as now they truly understand the contribution he is making to our food source.
The fairies and the ‘real-life’ garden gnome at the downtown garden had everyone talking, laughing and enjoying the downtown cluster of gardens, music and artwork. It was great to have a little walking tour of the four spaces – we did our bit for greenhouse gas reduction.
For something completely different, the Johnson garden and its GIANT Gunnera had everyone’s attention. Who can imagine this park-like setting lay just beyond that wall? And no passport was required for our trip to Italy with the sweeping views and spectacular gardens at Okanagan Villa.
Each garden showcased some of the best examples of Kelowna’s talent and pride in outdoor spaces.
We are proud to announce that a donation of $7500 has been made to Growing Chefs Okanagan to continue their work teaching children about growing and cooking healthy food. A special thanks to Harmony Honda, Art Knapp, Bylands and Telus for making this donation possible.
Funds will also be donated to the Central Okanagan Community Gardens for their 16th garden in the Glenmore area.
Thanks also to our sponsors Bell Media, Castanet, Global Okanaagan, Kelowna Now and Okanagan HOme.
Be sure to save the date of Saturday, June 13, 2015 for the next Flower Power Garden Tour.
Thank you Castanet for this video slideshow of some of the highlights of the tour.