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Composting Workshops

Cameron Baughen, the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen (RDOS) is presenting a series of free information workshops on composting on the following dates and locations:

  • Oliver Thu, Mar 22 , 6 PM ‐ How to Use The Green Cone, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Community Garden)
  • Penticton, Fri, Mar 23, 6 PM ‐ How to Use The Green Cone, Penticton Community Garden, Vancouver Ave
  • Penticton, Sat, Mar 24, 2 PM ‐ Backyard Composting, Penticton Community Garden, Vancouver Ave
  • Penticton, Mon, Mar 26, 7 PM ‐ Worm Composting, RDOS, 101 Martin St
  • Princeton, Tue, Mar 27, 6 PM ‐ How to Use Bokashicycle, John Allison Elementary
  • Oliver, Wed, Mar 28, 6 PM ‐ How to Use Bokashicycle, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Community Garden)
  • Penticton, Thu, Mar 29, 6 PM ‐ How to Use Bokashicycle, Penticton Community Garden, Vancouver Ave
  • Oliver, Sat, Mar 31, 2 PM ‐ Backyard Composting, Quail’s Nest Arts Centre (Community Garden)
  • Keremeos, Sun, Apr 1, 2 PM ‐ Backyard Composting, Memorial Park

For more information contact Cameron Baughen at or phone 250-490-4203 or toll free 1-877-610-3737.
Click on the link below for more information on the different types of composting as well as how to purchase your own composter.

Annual General Meeting

Spring is just around the corner

Gardeners everywhere are looking at seed catalogues and dreaming of the day when they can start planting their gardens. The fun of planning just doesn’t compare with the smell of fresh earth and the feel of soil in your hands and the sun on your back.

We have big plans for the Oliver Community Garden this year! Not only do we want to make it lusher and greener and more of the enchanted space we’ve been dreaming of over the winter, but we want to awaken the sense of community a garden can bring.

We’ll be holding monthly workshops on the second Saturday starting in May as well as getting the youth of the community more involved and educated in the wonders of gardening.

And we’re kicking it all off with a great big Plant Sale and Garden Warming Party on Saturday, May 26th at the Oliver Community Garden at the Quail’s Nest Art Centre.

Watch this page for more details and information coming soon or follow us on Twitter: Olivergarden or on Facebook: Oliver Community Garden.

Note: AGM date to be announced soon!

Communities in Bloom Judges Tour 2011

Oliver is competing in the 2011 Communities in Bloom Competition. The judges arrive on Tuesday, July 19th and will be touring Oliver on Wednesday, July 20th including a stop at the Community Garden.

Oliver received 4 out of 5 blooms in the 2010 competition and co-chairs Betty Lou Bahnsen Trimmer and Beth Garrish have been working hard to make sure we win that 5th bloom this year!

We will be having a weeding party on the morning of Sunday, July 17th from 9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. to make sure the gardens are looking their best. Please come and join us – many hands make light work! If you can’t attend Sunday morning, please try to find some time to stop by before the 19th and pull a few weeds.

Lets show the judges what amazing things we in Oliver can do when we work together!


BC Council of Garden Clubs

We just arrived at the BC Council of Garden Clubs meeting in Vancouver and thing haven’t quite gotten started. Lots of plants for sale. Follow us on Twitter (@olivergarden) for photos and comments of things as they happen. There are some very interesting things on the agenda today.


Heather & Luke


Giant Yard Sale!

Saturday, Oct. 16

from 8:30am to 2:30pm

Pick up your truckloads full of good compost, gardening soil, as well
as wine barrel planters and perennials at a good deal from the Oliver
Community Gardens at 97th st and 362nd Ave (near Best of India
restaurant).  All proceeds go towards the Oliver Community Garden

Invasive Weed Workshop

Join us on Saturday, June 19th from 10 am – 11 am at the Oliver Community Garden for our next workshop. Jessica from the South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society (SOSIPS) will be on hand to teach us all about invasive weeds including how to identify and control them.

Please come and bring your friends! As always, donations are gratefully accepted.

Learn more about the South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society (SOSIPS) on the South Okanagan-Similkameen Invasive Plant Society (SOSIPS) on the RDOS website

A Children’s Garden

Hey Kids!

This is it! Your chance to play in the dirt without Mom or Dad getting mad!

Come join us at the Oliver Community Garden on Saturday, May 29th from 9:30 – 11:10 am to plant a Sunflower House and a Bean Pole Tee-pee. Aimed at kids age 3 and up, but younger siblings are welcome.

Note to parents: The ground is covered with shredded bark mulch which can be a tripping hazard for little feet, so boots and long pants are strongly suggested, as are hats and sunscreen.

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

RSVP to this event on Facebook!

Admission is free but donations are gratefully accepted.

It’s almost time . . .

The weatherman is predicting 10 degrees and sunny for our Spring Work Bee on Saturday April 10th! Come on out and help us get the gardens ready to start planting!

Don’t Forget!

In order to garden at the Oliver Community Garden you must complete a Garden Guidelines Expectations and Application Form 2010 and pay either your $5 society membership fee or the $30 box rental. Only after we receive this will you be given the combination to the gate and access to the garden. Your contributions to the society are what make our garden possible!

Our Spring Kick-Off Work Bee will be held on Saturday April 10th from 9 am – noon. We are accepting donations of irises at this time, as well as collecting registration forms and fees. All volunteers are welcome! Hope to see you there!

For more information please contact Heather at or 250 -485-2575.

Here are some pictures from last year’s initial bed-raising events:

Preparing a bed

Smoothing out the sand

Thomas explains how to build a great garden bed

Working hard and loving it!