For the second season, the Flower Power Garden Tour is heading back to school by raising funds for Growing Chefs!, a classroom gardening and cooking program in Kelowna’s elementary schools.
This self-guided tour of nine private gardens takes place on Saturday, June 13th from 9 – 4 pm. It includes a chef’s garden that provides produce for a winery restaurant, a downtown garden with a martini gate in the backyard connecting them to their neighbours, a secret garden and a yard that has been transformed from traditional grass and flowerbeds to raised box vegetable planters.
Gardening experts Ken Salvail, Gwen Steele and Okanagan Master Gardeners are on site to answer questions along with artists, demonstrations and tastings throughout the gardens scattered around the city.
On behalf of Flower Power, Harmony Honda, Art Knapp, Bylands, Kids Care, Central Okanagan Economic Development Commission and the Okanagan Chefs Association a financial commitment has already been made to ensure the healthy growth of the Growing Chefs initiative in the Okanagan.
After almost a decade of success in Vancouver with the chef community working with the schools to get kids excited about good, healthy food, this innovative program moved to the Okanagan in 2013 with a pilot project of 30 children at Glenmore Elementary. Last year, Growing Chefs! Okanagan expanded to 100 children and for 2015, thanks to donations, the program now reaches 180+ children in three schools.
Over the course of three months, these chef volunteers visit the classroom every two weeks, helping students plant and tend to indoor vegetable gardens. The chefs engage the students in games, lessons, and activities focusing on plant growth, local and urban agriculture, sustainability and nutrition. The students harvest their vegetables and the chefs each them to cook delicious healthy meals with what they have grown.
Tickets for Flower Power are available May 1st at Bylands, Art Knapp, Green & Bear It, The Greenery, Dogwood Nursery, Rick’s Garden World, Kelowna Tickets at Orchard Park or flowerpowerylw.ca