News, Pictures and Fun from the Oliver Community Garden Society

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


Most bugs take shelter when the rain comes and we had to do the same at our last workshop!  Thankfully we were able to duck into the Quail’s Nest Studio so we could build some cozy homes for our new favourite bugs.

Before the rain hit Seradaye Lean took us on a tour of the garden.  We visited a few plants and she taught us how to tell the difference between good bugs and bad, and far more importantly how to look for signs that the beneficials were arriving to take care of the bad bugs!

To help you learn about the bugs in your backyard check out these great resources.

Here’s a few pictures of the bug hotels we built:

For more information on building your own bug hotel, check out this great post here.

Thanks to everyone who came!

Next up …. Companion planting and square foot gardening!

Bloomin’ Plant Sale

It’s almost time!  Time for the 8th Annual Bloomin’ Plant Sale!  Hard to believe it’s been that many years already.

The plant sale is the annual fundraiser for the Community Gardens in Oliver.  Proceeds raised at the sale help pay for water and plants and all the other things a garden needs to grow.  Please support us by donating plants or coming out and buying plants.  The sale starts at 8:30 am on May 15th (It’s a Sunday this year) at the Oliver Community Garden.  Bring the kids and let them make their own seed bombs while you browse the plants.

Plant sale

Questions?  Give Heather a call at 250-485-2575 or email

Hope to see you there!

Here’s a taste of what you missed ….






It was a lovely spring evening at the garden.  Many thanks to all who came out and a big welcome to our new gardeners!

Hope to see you at the next workshop!

Spring Workshops

We are pleased to be able to offer a number of spring workshops on different gardening topics this year with the support of the Oliver Community Arts Council

The first is this Monday, May 2nd 6 – 7:30 pm at the Oliver Community Garden.  Up-cycled Container Gardening.  Join us to make a teacup planter just in time for Mothers’ Day, and learn about creative planters from Caroline Whyte.  Bring along an old boot or other container if you wish.  Workshop is hands on and both kids and adults are welcome.  Fee of $7 per person to cover supplies.


On Wednesday May 11th 6 – 7:30 pm at the Oliver Community Garden our second workshops will be Build a Bug Hotel.  Come learn about beneficial insects from horticulturalist Seradaye Lean and how to welcome them into your home garden.  Workshop is hands on and everyone will take home their own bug hotel. Both kids and adults are welcome.  Fee of $5 per person to cover supplies.

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

More workshops will be added here as we finalize details.

2016 AGM

Please join us on Monday, April 25th at 7 pm at the Oliver Community Garden for our 2016 AGM.   We will be discussing our upcoming workshops and plans for the 2016 growing season.

All are welcome!