Gardens hosted autumn tour

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Friends of the Summerland Research Station Gardens hosted an autumn garden tour.

Dear Editor:

On Saturday, Sept. 19, the Friends of the Summerland Research Station Gardens hosted an autumn garden tour of Penticton gardens as a fundraiser for the Ornamental Gardens.

The focus of this year’s tour was sustainable gardening practice as well as food growing, with detailed gardening notes placed in each garden.

The tour provided a wide variety of gardening types from vegetable gardens including valley View Farms and the Penticton Indian Band garden to back yards with bees, chickens and a swimming pool converted to an aquatic wildlife habitat.

There were some wonderful examples of small backyard gardens with both vegetable and annual and perennial beds, and a large acreage hosting a stunning array of flowers, vegetables and views.

Huge thanks go out to the many volunteers who helped with planning the garden tour as well as hosting the gardens as representatives of the Friends of the gardens and the master gardeners.

We so appreciate the garden owners who willingly opened their gardens to more than 200 visitors that day.

The feedback from the attendees was that not only were the gardens beautiful, they were also very informative.

Thanks also to our visitors who contributed to our fundraising efforts on behalf of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

Bev Krieger

Friends of the

Summerland Research Station

Gardens

Summerland