KELOWNA GARDEN CLUB
The Kelowna Garden Club has collected a few favourite resources– articles, book reviews, and gardening-related websites.
The BC Council of Garden Clubs was founded in British Columbia in 1943 with purpose of speaking with a unified voice for horticulture and to further the interest in conservation and civic beautification.
Border Free Bees is a long-term public art initiative headed by Dr. Cameron Cartiere and Associate Professor Nancy Holmes, in collaboration with numerous strategic partners.
Public Art Pollinator Pastures: Kelowna
The Public Art Pollinator Pasture is a venture to link art, science, and innovative community involvement to address problems related to food security (for humans and for bees), land use, and pollinator population collapse.
Don’t have your own garden space? Community gardens provide plots, irrigation water, compost bins and tools at each garden site. Gardeners are encouraged to grow vegetables, herbs and flowering plants. Information on local community gardens in Kelowna and Central Okanagan.
E-Fauna BC is a volunteer-driven, GIS-based biogeographic atlas of the wildlife of British Columbia that provides a centralized source of scientifically accurate information for use in conservation, education and research. Species covered range from mammals, birds, amphibians and fish to sea stars, sea cucumbers, insect and arachnids and includes marine, freshwater and terrestrial species.
E-Flora BC is an online biogeographic atlas of the flora (vascular plants, bryophytes, lichens, and algae), fungi and slime molds of British Columbia. It includes a significant citizen science data component and a search feature to access species pages.
The Okanagan is on the front lines of climate change, shifting between flooding and drought, and extreme fire seasons. Make Water Work is aimed at preparing residents with resilient landscapes that can handle wet and dry years, and help ensure a sustainable water supply for our valley.
This site is full of easy tips to limit your outdoor water use so we can all work together to reduce water waste.
The Okanagan Xeriscape Association
OXA was founded in 2009 to help people Garden with Nature, conserving water and energy in the process, but creating beauty. Explore our Plant Database, learn about Xeriscape gardening and visit our two Demonstration Gardens- the UnH2O garden off Gordon Drive and the West Kelowna Spirit Square Garden.
The Canadian Peony Society is dedicated to the growth and development of Peonies. This site is packed with valuable resources for all things peony– articles, seed sales, root sales, events and more.
We are a group of seed savers who protect Canada’s seed biodiversity by growing it ourselves and sharing it with others. Every year, we multiply the most vulnerable seed varieties that we can, exchange seeds with each other, and keep those varieties alive and in cultivation for future gardeners to enjoy. (Seedy Saturday Events)
GARDENS TO VISIT
This Kelowna landmark for over a century provides many delights to those who visit. Circular pews, rich woodwork, a pump organ dating back to its earliest days and the Benvoulin Cottage Gardens are among the treasures to be found.
A beautiful park with lush flower beds surrounding the Guisachan House, originally built in 1891 as a summer home for the Earl and Countess of Aberdeen. This is a popular spot for tourists and weddings due to its gorgeous plantings and historical significance.
Our gardens are ever changing with the seasons. Cherry blossoms of spring give way to stunning peonies and roses of early summer. Walk the quiet paths surrounded by streams and willow trees. Picture yourself in our magical gardens and dream the day away.
Discover the flower beds, shrubs and heritage trees. Learn about conserving water in the Xeriscape Garden and the value of native pollinators in the 3Bs Area. Enjoy a leisurely picnic in the Weeping Beech Garden, the serenity of the Shade Garden, or a brisk hike along the Canyon Trail.