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How about some more workshops?

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


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!

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.

Thank you!

Another successful Bloomin’ Plant Sale is done for the year! We are so grateful to everyone who helped us out. Whether you bought plants, donated plants from your own garden or volunteered your valuable time and energy we are truly thankful for your support.

A big shout out to the local businesses who donated plants for our sale:

And especially to Jack at Oliver Daily News for the great publicity.

The Bloomin’ Plant Sale is our main fundraiser to cover the operating costs of the Community Garden. Watch for information next spring for next year’s sale! Think of us when you’re waking up your garden and we’ll gladly take donations of any perennials you’re dividing or extra plants you’ve started. We can’t do it without you!

Happy Gardening!

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2013 Bloomin’ Plant Sale

All this sunshine is making me think about my garden. How about you? Join us on Saturday, May 25th from 9 am to 11 am outside the Kiwanis Market in Oliver for our 5th Annual Bloomin’ Plant sale. Come browse our selection of annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, bulbs and more.

If you’re digging in your garden before then and have any plants you’d like to donate, please contact us at and we’ll gladly take them off your hands.

Bloomin' Plant Sale Poster 2013

Thank you to our Sponsors!

On behalf of the Oliver Community Garden Society I’d like to express my gratitude to all the businesses and people of the Oliver community who supported our Bloomin’ Plant Sale.

A HUGE thank you to:

    Alberto’s Decorating Centre
    Art Knapp’s Plantland
    Buy Low Foods
    Communities in Bloom
    Communities for Kids
    Future Gardens
    Green Tea Hawaii
    Heirloom Garden Club
    New Start Landscaping
    Oliver Daily News
    Sagebrush Nurseries
    Sensen Farms
    South Valley Sales
    Super Valu
    The Gala Vanters
    The Oliver Ambassadors, The Oliver Chronicle
    The Oliver Community Arts Council
    TRU Building Centre
    Tulips in Bloom
    Tussie Mussies
    V-Line Construction

Without your support, we could never make an event like this happen.

Thank you also to all the people who donated plants to the sale. We had an amazing selection and any unsold plants are being used to support our school program and beautify the gardens and the Art Centre property.

We had a great turnout and it was wonderful to see so many people come to support the Community Garden and the Oliver Ambassador program. Congratulations to all the winners of our Loonie Auction.

Hope to see you all next year!

Waterwise Gardening Workshop

It’s barely June but my thirsty grass is making me think about ways to save water this summer.

Join us for a Waterwise Gardening Workshop on Saturday June 9th from 10:30 am to 11:30 am at the Oliver Community Garden at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre to learn how to start making those dreams a reality.

Paula is the author of Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area, available for free download, and will be discussing garden plans specific to the South Okanagan and Oliver area.

Email us at olivercommunitygarden (at) or phone Heather at 250-485-2575 to pre-register. Donations gratefully accepted.

Mark your calendars . . .

Bloomin' Plant Sale Poster

Bloomin’ Plant Sale!

We’ve been hard at work preparing for our big Bloomin’ Plant Sale on Saturday May 26th, 2012 from 10 am to 1 pm at the Oliver Community Garden at the Quail’s Nest Arts Centre. We’ve held a plant sale in combination with Communities in Bloom for the past 3 years but this year we’re flying solo as the Communities in Bloom competition is finished for Oliver, for now.

This year we’re hoping to make the sale more of an event. We have The Gala Vanters lined up to play some live music, there will be a craft corner for the kids, food, vendors, loonie auction, lots of gardening information and of course, lots of plants. The Oliver Ambassadors will also be on hand for the festivities.

We still need help with a few things:

First, we need plants to sell! If you’re digging in your garden and have plants to divide and pass on, send them our way! We’ll gladly take those extra perennials or bulbs. Rearranging and no room for that rosebush? Let us help you find it a new home. Please call or email us and we can arrange to pick the plants up from you.

The second thing is food. We’d love to have a BBQ set up selling Hamburgers and Hotdogs so consider this an invitation to a local service group to grab an extra fundraising opportunity. You can keep all the profits – we’d just like to have food available as part of the event.

Can you help us out? Call Heather at 250-485-2575 or email olivercommunitygarden (at)

And the last way you can help? Come to our Bloomin’ Plant Sale! There will be lots to see and do and you’ll be glad you did. See you there!


P.S. There’s lots of changes happening at the Oliver Community Garden. Here’s a little “before” picture for you . . . stay tuned!

Waterwise Gardening

The lovely Paula Rodriguez de la Vega has worked very hard on putting together a comprehensive waterwise gardening handbook and her hard work has finally paid off!  She has asked the Oliver Community Garden to help share the fruits of her labours and make her handbook available for free download. Click here to download a copy of Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area.

Paula will also be presenting our June 9th workshop on Waterwise Gardening.  Check out the handbook and if you want to learn more, email us at olivercommunitygarden (at) to register for the workshop.

Thanks Paula!

Waterwise Gardening Booklet.   Download this 55 page informational manual tailor made for the Oliver and Rural Oliver Areas.  Learn about general water conservation methods for your garden and backyard (excluding agricultural fields or vegetable gardens).  Learn about xeriscaping concepts and options to reduce water use on your property or lot.  Learn about water conservation for lawns and how to reduce the risk of soil erosion if you have slopes with silty soils.  Included is a comprehensive drought tolerant plant list, an invasive plant list, and a resource section.

Also available for download from the Town of Oliver website.