Friends of the Garden Annual Spring Plant Sale Sunday, May 4th only!


When: Sunday, May 4, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm
Where: Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Why:  The modest profits from the sale are used to help pay our operating expenses to keep this spectacular 15-acre garden looking its best. We employ our 2 gardeners between March and October.

What: Plants are priced from $1.50 up. Vegetables, flowers, perennials for sun and shade, low-water plants, ground covers, herbs, and many more are available at the sale. Hundreds, if not thousands, of plants are raised in the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre’s greenhouse by our gardeners and volunteers. Thousands more are provided on consignment by Okanagan nurseries from Summerland, Salmon Arm, Penticton, and Oliver.

This year we are holding a one-day-only sale on Sunday, May 4, the week before Mother’s Day. This is one of the Okanagan’s premier garden events and you will not want to miss it.

There will be a wonderful variety of plant sellers and artisans, with thousands of plants for sale, and definitely something for everyone: vegetables, herbs, flowers, shrubs, ornamentals, roses, orchids, and the highly popular flowering baskets.
Demonstrations, Displays and  Information Booths

  • Tomato Growing Demonstration given by garden expert Pati Hill at 11am, Noon and 1pm
  • The Penticton Bonsai Club will have a display, and there will be a demonstration on Cloud Pruning.
  • The Master Gardeners, Meadowlark Festival, Invasive Plant Society, and our own Friends of the Garden will have information booths.
  • Tasty Treats:  We are delighted to welcome Brodo Kitchen who will have snacks and refreshments on hand.

The Gardeners and a shoestring group of volunteers have been working very hard to make this the best possible sale, and we hope you will come and bring your friends and family, stock up on plants, and help the Friends of the Garden pay our bills.


Summer Student Job at the Summerland Art Gallery


The Summerland Community Arts Council is accepting applications from post-secondary students for the position of Summer Arts Program Coordinator.

Prior experience working with children and volunteers would be an asset. Students in Fine Arts or Education would particularly benefit from the work. Good communication skills, organization skills and computer skills are essential. The position is dependant on government funding and is planned to be full time and to begin mid-May through to mid-August. The student must be returning to full time studies in the fall.

Please mail resume and cover letter to: Summerland Community Arts Council, Box 1217, Summerland, B.C., V0H1Z0, drop off in person at 9533 Main Street or email to


Composting Workshop at the gardens: Saturday April 26, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 3:00


Join Cameron Baughen for a Composting and hands-on lawn top-dressing workshop as a part of Summerland’s Earth Week Festivities.

Take home FREE COMPOST donated by the District of Summerland

Cameron Baughen is the Solid Waste Management Coordinator for the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen in Penticton. Cameron will be presenting the principles of composting to us and showing us some techniques to ensure we are able to achieve nutrient rich compost to utilize in our gardens – from garden waste to garden gold! Additionally there will be a demonstration on how to top-dress a lawn with compost to reduce the water usage up to 20%.  Everyone will have an opportunity to practice the technique and will go home with a bucket/bag of Summerland District’s screened compost.

Bring your questions, a bucket or a bag and a pair of work gloves.

Superintendent’s House at the Summerland Gardens
4200 Highway 97 South, Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0


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This Saturday (Apr. 19) at the Summerland Gallery: Introduction to Encaustics: Using the Iron with Bethany Handfield

10:00 am to 4:00 pm
Cost: $50 / Supplies: $20

Please join me for an introductory course where you will learn the basics of working with the encaustic iron. We will cover safety, set up, and the basic iron techniques (smoothing, lifting, edge strokes and drawing). Time permitting, we also will exploring different types of paper. Everyone will go home with a completed painting.

To Sign up for this or any of our other classes at the Summerland Community Arts Centre, Visit 9533 Main Street, Summerland, BC, call  or email the gallery:


Friends of the Gardens DYI Rain Barrel Primer this Saturday, April 12

rain barrelJoin Zoe Kirk and Eva Antonijevic for our annual hands-on Rain Barrel building workshop.

When: Saturday April 12, 2014 from 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM PDT

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Where: Superintendent’s House at the Summerland Gardens
4200 Highway 97 South
Summerland, BC V0H 1Z0

Zoe Kirk is the Water Conservation Coordinator for the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen in partnership with the Okanagan Basin Water Board providing indoor and outdoor water conservation education to residents throughout the region.

Eva Antonijevic is the Community Program Director for the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.

 There will be a draw for ten FREE converted rain barrels

To register:

Eva Antonijevic, Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens, email: or call 250-494-6385



April 9th, the next Philosophers’ Café: Does Society value creativity enough for us to make a living?

Everyone is WELCOME!!
Doors open at the Art Gallery at 6:30pm and discussion begins at 7pm.
Admission by donation.  Tea, coffee and refreshments available.

If you want to make a living as a creative, “Doing the work” is not enough  – we must be entrepreneurial too!?

Join this discussion about the business side of the working creative with our panelists:
Julia Trops, artist, writer of ‘Art & Money’,
David Korinetz author and Red Tuque Books Publishing, and
Linda Lovisa, artist and owner of New Moon Gallery in West Kelowna

This Café will be of interest to artists and non-artists alike and will help reveal why supporting Summerland’s Creative Economy is so important!


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