News, Pictures and Fun from the Oliver Community Garden Society



When to plant?

I grew up in the South Okanagan knowing that May 24th was the safe planting date for things like tomatoes. A friend reminded me today of another piece of local wisdom……….don’t plant if there is still snow on Mt. Kobau.

May 15th – 6:30 pm Spring Clean-up at the Gardens. Bring a friend!

The Oliver Community Garden Society will be holding it’s Annual General Meeting on Monday, May 8th at 6:30 pm at the Quail’s Nest Art Studio, 5840 Airport Street, Oliver BC (near the Senior’s Centre).

All are welcome! Whether you are interested in gardening with us or just learning more about who and where we are, please come on out and bring a friend. We are looking for new members to help the gardens grow and thrive and connect with our community.

Our agenda will include our annual fundraiser, the Bloomin’ Plant Sale held in May, Spring and Fall work bees, and workshops.


New members are needed to keep the Oliver Community Gardens going. For a small fee, you can rent a raised garden bed with automatic irrigation. The current board is mostly long serving volunteers who are not actively gardening on the site. New blood is needed.

Being on the board does not have to be a huge time commitment. More members, less work per person.

Put your name forward for an executive position, or volunteer for a specific task.

  • person to meet new gardeners on site and assign rental beds
  • person to be liaison with the Oliver Community Arts council
  • person to coordinate weekly harvest and delivery to the Oliver Food Bank
  • person to organize annual plant sale fundraiser

For information contact Heather at

AGM coming up in early May.

Gardens Stressed

Your volunteer water tech was out of town for one week, and returned yesterday to find the gardens completely dry, and the batteries in the irrigation timer dead. This is the first time a set of fresh batteries has not lasted a season.

There are fresh batteries now, and an extra cycle programmed to restored the moisture level in the beds. The phone number and e-mail address of the water volunteer are posted in the shed, but not one message was received that there was something wrong.



The gardens are looking a little better after the weed eater was used. We all have a responsibility toward the upkeep of the common areas.


Zap ties degrade in the sun. There are spares in the shed – if you see a loose panel, please secure it.


Some junk in the corner including a tire – has anyone found out who is gardening in this bed?


Half a good deed – pick up after the pet, but don’t leave it here!


Cardboard from somewhere – needs to recycled.

We had two successful workshops this season and are pleased to offer some more:

On Wednesday May 25th 6 – 7 pm at the Oliver Community Garden our third workshop will be Square Foot Gardening.  Come learn how to make the most of planting in a small space with gardener Adam Yorke.  Fee of $5 per person.

On Wednesday June 1st 6 – 7 pm at the Oliver Community Garden our fourth workshop will be Companion Planting.  Do carrots really love tomatoes?  Gardener Adam Yorke answers that question and will teach us some tricks to get the best tasting vegetables.  Fee of $5 per person.

For more information or to register email or call Heather at 250-485-2575