Water-Friendly Gardens for Okanagan Bees with Gwen Steele

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Date(s) - 3 Mar 2016
12:00 AM - 12:00 AM

Okanagan Regional Library - Kelowna Branch


On Thursday, March 3rd, 2016, the Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project and the Okanagan Regional Library will host the fifth talk of “The Pollinizing Sessions: A Series of Talks and Workshops to Learn About Pollinators in Our Community.” Local gardener and xeriscape expert Gwen Steele will talk about “Tips and Plants for Creating a Water-Wise Pollinator Garden.”

Gwen Steele, a life-long Kelowna gardener, is co-founder and executive director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association (OXA) http://okanaganxeriscape.org/ . For over 20 years she has studied, practiced and taught xeriscaping. Gwen feels the Principles of Xeriscape are a guide to the most simple, cost effective, and environmentally sustainable method of gardening. Gwen was instrumental in the creation of the UnH2O Demonstration Garden on Gordon Road– a 4,000 square foot garden, planted in 2010, which includes five theme areas to illustrate xeriscape possibilities.

The Pollinizing Sessions is a partnership with Okanagan Regional Library and UBC Okanagan’s research project, the Public Art Pollinator Pasture. UBC Okanagan and Emily Carr University have teamed up for a three-year partnership project with the City of Kelowna and the City Richmond to create community and public art projects around bees. The Pollinizing Sessions will host a series of eight talks and three workshops in 2016.

The series is sponsored by the Okanagan Regional Library, The Public Art Pollinator Pasture Project, and Border Free Bees.

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