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The Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale and Arts Festival on Sunday.

The Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens will hold their annual Spring Plant Sale and Arts Festival on Sunday, May 4 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

This is one of the Okanagan’s premier home gardening events, attracting visitors from throughout the Interior, with thousands of plants for sale, flowering Mother’s Day baskets, vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, ornamentals, roses, orchids and unusual and heritage vegetables.

Artisans will display unusual crafts, and many free information booths will give visitors a chance to get garden and nature questions answered.

During the day, there will also be free talks on a subject dear to the hearts of Okanagan gardeners.

A talk on tomato growing will be held at 11 a.m., noon and 1 p.m.

There will also be a demonstration of cloud pruning for shrubs between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Attendees will be well informed to get the best yield from the tomatoes they buy at the sale.  The Master Gardeners, Meadowlark Festival, Invasive Plant Society, and Friends of the Garden will have information booths.

As well as the tomato growing workshops, the Penticton Bonsai Club will have a display.

Visitors are welcome to tour the latest innovations that have taken place at the gardens over the past year, including the new Rain Garden, the new Welcome Garden, the experimental Waterboxx installation, plus a new children’s vegetable garden and many other updated features.

Proceeds will help the non-profit Friends of the Garden Society pay their bills.

Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens is a registered non-profit society who work in collaboration with the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre to maintain the Gardens for the public to enjoy.