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A Gardener’s Diary: Pointers for saving poinsettias

Vernon gardening pro offers tips to keeping the Christmas plant around for months, or even years

 

Landscaper Marten Koops has put in thousands of volunteer hours over the last 22 years towards keeping the gardens beautiful at the North Okanagan Hospice Society. (Marg McCoy photo)

Hospice harvests Vernon landscaper’s green thumb for over 20 years

Society grateful for many volunteers, and donors ahead of first drive-thru fundraiser

 

The Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their fall plant sale on Saturday, Sept. 17. (Contributed)

Fall plant sale in Summerland scheduled for Sept. 17

Perennials and grasses will be available at fall sale

 

Debbie and her puppy, Kismet at the Kelowna Rail Trail homeless encampment (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Beautifying tent city: Resident providing fresh food through community garden

The garden’s harvest includes zucchini, kale, tomatoes, strawberries and cauliflower

Debbie and her puppy, Kismet at the Kelowna Rail Trail homeless encampment (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)

How to take your garden and yard back from the mosquitoes

Eliminating these biting pests from your yard will not adversely affect the ecosystem

This image provided by the USDA Agricultural Research Service shows a closeup of a mosquito on human skin. (USDA Agricultural Research Service via AP)
Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)

Heat wave puts water restrictions on tap for Okanagan community

Stress on water systems forces stage 2 restrictions, no sprinklers or irrigation

Residents are allowed to water trees, shrubs, flowers, and vegetables only if watering is done by a hand-held container, a hand-held hose with an automatic shut-off nozzle. (ADOBE STOCK IMAGE)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will host a rose tour on Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens hosts rose tour

Event will be held on June 19

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will host a rose tour on Sunday, June 19 at 11 a.m. (Contributed)
The Naramata Garden Tour will be held June 18. (Contributed)

Naramata garden tour planned

June 18 event organized by Naramata Garden Club and Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens

The Naramata Garden Tour will be held June 18. (Contributed)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its annual spring plant sale April 30 and May 1. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold spring plant sale

Two-day event scheduled for April 30 and May 1

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its annual spring plant sale April 30 and May 1. (Contributed)
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Jackie Zawacky, left, Justin Koshman and Sue Rempel hold some of the many pumpkins at The Apple Barn in Summerland. Pumpkin pie is a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner, and pumpkins carved as Jack O’Lanterns are popular at Halloween. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Pumpkins celebrated at Summerland farm

Billy Boerboom has been growing some massive pumpkins this year

Jackie Zawacky, left, Justin Koshman and Sue Rempel hold some of the many pumpkins at The Apple Barn in Summerland. Pumpkin pie is a traditional part of Thanksgiving dinner, and pumpkins carved as Jack O’Lanterns are popular at Halloween. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
The Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their annual Fall Plant Sale in September. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens fall sale will be held online

Plenty of perennials and houseplants will be available beginning Sept. 13

The Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their annual Fall Plant Sale in September. (Contributed)
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Creating the Japanese Garden

A place to think, meditate and be at peace

  • Aug 11, 2021
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Serena Bakx was the winner of the Summerland Fall Fair Grade 5 garden contest in 2018. (Contributed)

Summerland Fall Fair to hold Grade 5 garden contest

Registration open until June 4

Serena Bakx was the winner of the Summerland Fall Fair Grade 5 garden contest in 2018. (Contributed)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its spring plant sale online. The sale begins May 1. (Contributed)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold online plant sale

Variety of plants available through fundraising event

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold its spring plant sale online. The sale begins May 1. (Contributed)
A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)

B.C.’s wild bees need messy gardens to survive

The year-long nesting period makes habitat a primary concern for wild bees

A native-to-B.C. wild queen bee (bombus melanopygus for those in the know) feeds on a periwinkle flower. (Submitted/Sarah Johnson, Native Bee Society of BC)
B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. bee supply threatened this year by wasps, COVID

No, bees aren’t getting COVID, it’s the supply chain that’s been disrupted

B.C. beekeepers will face extra supply challenges this year thanks to COVID-19 supply chain disruptions. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)
Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)

1,000 lb pumpkin tips North Okanagan scale

Spallumcheen’s Lloyd and Erma Main finish one-two with a pair of gourds totalling almost a ton

Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)
The Summerland Alliance Gardens will be harvesting squash on Sept. 26. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland Alliance Gardens to hold squash harvest

Organizers see increased interest in gardening during COVID-19 pandemic

The Summerland Alliance Gardens will be harvesting squash on Sept. 26. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)