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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.

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!