Flower Power, the Kelowna Garden Tour is just days away. Each year the tour draws hundreds of gardeners and would-be green thumbs to tour a variety of gardens, big and small, humble and creative, large and impressive. The 17th annual tour, on Saturday, June 14th is no exception.
This self-guided tour of nine private gardens includes an urban farm, a sprawling half-acre garden perfect for a wedding backdrop, a garden that looks like it could have been transplanted from Tuscany, a resort-like property complete with pool and koi pond and even a community garden where a neighbourhood gathers and shares their green-thumb knowledge.
Gardening experts Ken Salvail of AM1150’s ‘The Garden Show’, Urban Farmer Curtis Stone, Xeriscape guru Gwen Steele, Square Foot gardener Toni Boot and the Okanagan Master Gardeners are available to help answer questions along with artists, demonstrations and tastings throughout these gardens located around the city.
Artists, talented musicians including the Okanagan Symphony and the Okanagan Symphony Youth Orchestra, tastings and demonstrations make Flower Power a full day visual, cultural and culinary experience.
Funds raised support two great initiatives: Growing Chefs, a classroom gardening and cooking programme in elementary schools sponsored by the Okanagan Chefs Association, and Central Okanagan Community Gardens, helping neighbourhoods and communities create sustainable green spaces for gardening, food production, gathering and education.
Tickets are $35 and available at Art Knapp, Bylands, Dogwood Nursery, Green & Bear It, The Greenery, Rick’s Garden World or online at flowerpowerylw.ca
About Growing Chefs
Growing Chefs! Chefs for Urban Agriculture programme launched 9 years ago in Vancouver with the chef community working with the schools to get kids excited about good, healthy food. This exciting programme moved to the Okangan last year with a pilot project of 30 children at Glenmore Elementary. This year, 16 chefs from the Okanagan Chefs Association are working with 100 children in classrooms at Glenmore Elementary and AS Matheson.
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 teach them to cook delicious, healthy meals with what they have grown.
About Central Okanagan Community Gardens
Central Okanagan Community Gardens (COCG) works with local governments to utilize potential garden space for local residents. With the vision of ‘Gardens Grow Healthy Communities’ Central Okanagan Community Gardens are making a real impact in the Okanagan. COCG currently have a total of 15 gardens scattered from Oyama, Winfield, around Kelowna and West Kelowna. There are a total of 512 plots including 6 wheelchair plots, 2 herb gardens, 1 free food garden, 10 raised beds for seniors and those with disabilities, and 2 dedicated children’s gardens.