Flower Power Gardens 2017

1. Shirley Hathway
3068 Ourtoland Road, West Kelowna

A Gardener’s Garden

Shirley has been filling this West Kelowna garden with “flower power” since she retired twenty-one years ago.

As you cross the front yard, pause to appreciate the variety of flowers, including a reblooming lilac and the feature tree of the property, a ginkgo biloba. This 50 foot tree may be the largest and oldest in West Kelowna. This species dates from pre-historic times; it is resistant to disease and pollution, and turns a brilliant yellow in fall.

Continue along the side of the house and you will enter a park-like setting. There are a variety of trees – including a Japanese snowbell, a maple grown from a seedling, a flowering dogwood, a young peach tree and a white hawthorn. This selection of trees provides the garden with a variety of colour from spring through fall. At the mid-level, smaller trees and shrubs include Japanese lace leaf maple, A February Daphne, star magnolia, barberry, lilacs, Susan magnolia, tree peonies, hydrangeas, rhododendrons, Rose of Sharon and many roses. Closer to the ground, you’ll see lots of perennials, a small vegetable garden and a strawberry patch. Annuals add to the colour, providing continuous blooms throughout the growing season.

For a different perspective, go up the stairs to the deck as it welcomes you with potted annuals and a small water feature. Take in the spectacular view of Lake Okanagan and Little White Mountain with the garden in the foreground.

There are more surprises as you go through the carport and step into the kitchen garden with herbs, clematis, a small pond, miniature evergreens and more flowers.

Finally, as you exit the property there is a New Dawn rose rambling over the fence and past the fence a few shrubs- including a unique beauty berry bush bearing translucent lavender berries in fall.

Throughout your tour, look for some of the floral watercolours Shirley has painted from the blooms that grace her garden.

Participants

Kelowna Garden Club
Okanagan Master Gardeners
The Heritage Artists – Audrey Peat and Millicent Winston
Woodturning Artist Jim Finnie

2.  The Cove Lakeside Resort – Bonfire Culinary Garden
4205 Gellatly Road, West Kelowna

TOUR ADVISORY:  High lake levels have resulted in road detours and limited parking at The Cove.  Due to circumstances beyond everyone’s control, The Cove’s Bonfire Culinary Garden is unable to participate in the tour. While we share in the disappointment, The Cove will be at Garden #1 with a special treat for you.
Please note that The Cove Lakeside Resort and Bonfire Restaurant are open for business as usual and look forward to welcoming you when you can relax and enjoy the beautiful food and surroundings.

3.  Marilynne and Robert Fine
421 Birch Avenue (off Pandosy Street)

The Fines were lucky to find this house 5 years ago when they were ready to leave the Upper Mission. This house was 6 years old at the time, so quite new, and in the very established hospital area neighborhood. Because it is a corner lot, different areas were established with patio and perimeter gardens on one side of the property and grass and perimeter gardens on the other.

One of the things that really attracted them was the privacy of the “city lot”. The landscaping was very well planned and well planted with lots of perennials for colour, so relatively low maintenance.

The Fines have used Yard by Yard for 18 years for their lawn care. This is a program run through Okanagan Mental Health Services Society. Four years ago, Jenn Lahey started working with them and last year, the garden caught her eye. She saw many of the plants had outgrown their space and had many ideas for change. Enjoy the fruits of her labour and thanks to Jenn, the crew, and Rob Schamerhorn of CJR Irrigation.

Don’t miss the “Little Free Library” in the front yard. You are welcome to bring garden or other books to leave, and pick up another book from the Library to take.

Participants

Okanagan Master Gardeners
Sperling Vineyards
Tower Garden
Yard by Yard

4.  Jan and David Sutherland
1767 Mid Ridge Court

This garden, designed and built upon a rocky lot by the homeowners, has been a labour of creative expression for 15 years. The garden has continually evolved to become an inviting haven with comfortable spaces and interesting features, well maintained but without feeling manicured. The rock that is used extensively throughout is all native to the lot, as much of this neighbourhood in Crawford Estates sits on glacial till. In the beginning, not a worm could be found on the lot. Many wheelbarrows of soil and mulch later, there are a healthy number of them!

Dave takes on the tasks of rock walls, paths, building and lawn maintenance. Jan focuses on plant selections, plant maintenance, pruning and the vegetable and compost areas. Of course, both weed! Both enjoy the designing part of the garden and often much thought goes into how this line of path or this shrub placement effects the overall flow and feel of the space. It is important to both that the space is natural and relaxing, yet interesting. The gentle terraces and paths meander throughout from one space to the next.

Many plants and specimens have come and gone. Nowadays, with less patience for coddling or coaxing, Jan has chosen many Okanagan hardy and drought resistant varieties, with a return to some tried and true varieties. She has hollyhocks grown from seeds from her grandmother’s Ontario garden and has replaced fancier roses with ones that look a bit wilder and more natural. She believes that the best plants are the ones that reliably come back year after year, behave well, require little attention and give a good show. This includes daisies, lilies, heuchera, sedum, Rudbeckia and allium, and shrubs like spirea, ninebark and elderberry.

Urban deer have been a challenge but the birds and other wildlife are a source of pleasure. Some of the lot has been left purposefully “wild and quail friendly”. With increased shade, vegetable growing is becoming more of a challenge but lettuces, chard, kale, garlic and beets all still find a place to grow. In addition, the family enjoys their own raspberries, Saskatoon berries, plums, strawberries and rhubarb.

Dave’s building resourcefulness is evident in some interesting pieces in the yard, from a funky shed to arbours and sitting areas. Added into these elements is the odd antique or “found” piece. Grandkids even have a spot for their fairy garden.

Participants

Artist b-line design
Ken Salvail – Ken’s Horticultural Services, AM 1150 Garden Show
Meadow Vista Honey Wines

5.  Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm
4380 Takla Road

Okanagan Lavender & Herb Farm is a vertically integrated farm located in South Kelowna. Herbs are grown, processed and distilled on-site and the botanical components are used to create the proprietary products sold in the gift shop.

In 2017, the farm was selected as the Canadian Garden Destination of the Year; a well-designed and functional landscape design incorporates useful herbs, shrubs and trees bordered with xeriscape plantings.

11:30 and 1:30 – Learn how to use your garden material to create beautiful floral arrangements with Lillian, whose artwork will also be on display.

12:30 – Join Andrea for a garden talk on the importance of biodiversity in the garden.

2:30 – Hannah will talk about permaculture which emphasizes the use of renewable natural resources and the enrichment of local ecosystems.

Throughout the day, Annabel Stanley will demonstrate and showcase her artwork.

Need a snack? Enjoy delicious lavender gelato and farm made Italian sodas at the VW Joy van in the outdoor picnic area.

Or something heartier? The ever-popular CrAsian Food Truck will be serving up their tasty fare from 10:30 – 2:30

Don’t forget to visit the gift shop and receive 10% off regular-priced items on June 17th.

Participants

Artist Annabel Stanley
Artist Lillian Sokil
CrAsian Food Truck
Okanagan Master Gardeners
Pottery Barn
Quails’ Gate Winery

6. Ancient Hill Estate Winery, Jitske and richard Kamphuys
4918 Anderson Road

Ancient Hill sits on a 50-acre piece of prime land that is perfectly suited for grapes, fruit trees, roses and lavender. Fifteen acres are dedicated to growing grapes.

The gently sloped vineyard grows winter-hardy grapes: Pinot Gris, Gewürztraminer, Lemberger, Zweigelt, Pinot Noir and, their signature red, Baco Noir – Ancient Hill is one of only two wineries in the Okanagan that grows this big, bold, beautiful varietal. Outside of the winery, there is a welcoming, large patio to enjoy a picnic and some wine. You are welcome to bring your own picnic or you can buy some delicious cheese and crackers in the tasting room. While in the tasting room you are invited to enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and 10% off wine purchased June 17th.

Surrounding the winery are the flower gardens. This happy labour of love, began in 2011, and continues to grow in colour fragrance and variety.

Guests often comment on the delightfully fragrant selection of roses, lavender, and even the sweet smell of curry plant, cedar, and blossoms. It always inspires Jitske to paint the flowers. Herbicide and pesticide are not used on the grapes or the flower garden.

The deer don’t eat the plants and Jitske attributes it to the abundance of fragrant lavender she planted which the deer do not like.

With garden sculptures strategically placed, pergolas and awnings, the garden is the perfect place to watch humming birds, honey bees, and planes coming and going off in the distance.

Please enjoy the gardens, lovingly planted and tended by Jitske and the staff, Ingrid and Kirsten. This hidden gem is a little off the beaten path, but definitely worth the scenic drive of rolling hills, lush farmland and sweeping valley views.

If you have been to Ancient hill before, welcome back! If this is your first time, the Kamphuys hope to see you again.

Note: Don’t miss the silent auction with great items from our supporters to bid on including a Market Dinner for 8 courtesy of the Delta Grand Okanagan Resort.

Participants

Ancient Hill
Artist Naturally by Denise
Donna Senese – Wine Geographies
GlenGrow and OgoGrow
Nancy Holmes – Border Free Bees

7.  Bonnie and Chef Bernard Casavant
78-6400 Spencer Road

The Casavants bought this property in 2013. It is on a quiet hill overlooking the valley and the airport.  There is a Regional Park on two sides and a ranch on the other. No neighbours – just them, the deer and coyotes!

They have made many improvements to the gardens, added a greenhouse, taken out a few trees and greatly increased the size of the vegetable growing areas.  There are 15 raised beds (12′ x 4′) and 2 smaller ones.  There are two rain barrels and most of the gardens are xeriscape, needing little water.

In addition to operating a busy landscape company, Bonnie grows produce, microgreens, pea shoots, and sunflower shoots exclusively for RauDZ Regional Table and micro bar & bites. Bonnie also supplies specialty items like Mouse Melons, 5 kinds of white and yellow baby cucumbers, garlic scapes, asparagus peas, baby squash, herbs, and culinary flowers.  This year there are 850 tomatoes planted comprised of 17 heirloom varieties.

Bonnie has adopted the farming technique of Paul Kaiser from Singing Frog Farms in California.  He is nicknamed the “Drought Fighter”. Google him for a very interesting read.  His method of farming hit home with Bonnie, it makes sense and it’s everything she believes in.  Bonnie only uses compost as a fertilizer, grows everything from seed, and, although not certified, grows everything organically.  There are 5 compost bins and RauDZ supplies the vegetable trimmings for the compost (kind of full circle!).  Flowers and shrubs are incorporated into the vegetable gardens to attract pollinators and it looks great too!

Bonnie has been experimenting with companion gardening. Last year, with the “Three Sisters” program: corn, pole beans and squash.  The corn acts as a pole and holds the beans up, the beans add nitrogen to the soil that the corn needs and the squash provides ground cover to retain moisture in the soil.  It worked amazingly – the corn and beans grew about 15 feet!  You can check out the pictures on Bonnie’s website: everythinggreenokanagan.com

Please Note:   There is a shuttle to take you up and down the short one-lane road to this garden. There is handicap parking at the top for 3 vehicles. If going up as handicapped, please take some others up with you. Go up full!

Participants

Artist Alex Fong
Chefs in the Classroom – edible education
Okanagan Master Gardeners
Sandhill Winery:  Master Winemaker, Howard Soon 9 am -noon/Estate Manager, Patricia Leslie 11 am – 4