gardening

A new West Coast Seeds pollinator mix of cosmos pays tribute to Dr. Bonnie Henry. (Submitted photo/ We Are The Northern)

New blend by West Coast Seeds to bloom in Dr. Bonnie Henry’s name

Cosmo blend designed to attract bees, and marketed with tagline ‘Bee Calm, Bee Kind, Bee Safe’

 

Spallumcheen's Lloyd Main stands behind his record-breaking 1,000 pound pumpkin at the weigh-in of the annual Pumpkin Growing contest, part of the Armstrong-Spallumcheen Chamber of Commerce's Harvest Pumpkin Festival Saturday, Oct. 17, at the IPE Grounds. (AS Chamber Photo)

1,000 lb pumpkin tips North Okanagan scale

Spallumcheen’s Lloyd and Erma Main finish one-two with a pair of gourds totalling almost a ton

 

Shuswap community groups seek gardening help

Shuswap community groups seek gardening help

Two Shuswap groups are hoping to attract volunteers for community garden clean-ups…

 

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens is holding a virtual fall plant sale this year (Photo courtesy of Summerland Ornamental Gardens via Instagram)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold plant sale

Online sale runs Sept. 9 to 19 with wide variety of plants available

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens is holding a virtual fall plant sale this year (Photo courtesy of Summerland Ornamental Gardens via Instagram)
Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars he maintains from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shortage of canning supplies in Shuswap and beyond a side effect of COVID-19

Stores across North America have run out of canning jars and lids

Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars he maintains from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Shortage of canning supplies in Shuswap a side effect of COVID-19

Canning jars and lids in short supply in many places across North America

Prolific gardener and canner Bert Revel from Salmon Arm who has won many awards for his fruit, vegetables and famous pies over the years, knows about the shortage of canning jars and lids but managed to buy some before the shortage hit. He also has a collection of jars from year to year. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
Landscaping outside the Sicamous legion is one of the centrepieces of local communities in bloom work. (Photo Contributed)

Work at Sicamous Legion a good start to downtown beautification

Columnist Deb Heap reminds readers that downtown Sicamous is open for business and looking its best.

Landscaping outside the Sicamous legion is one of the centrepieces of local communities in bloom work. (Photo Contributed)
The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)

Summerland Ornamental Gardens remain closed

Staff and volunteers continue to weed and maintain plants

The Summerland Ornamental Gardens have been closed to the public since March as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. A reopening date has not yet been determined. (Summerland Review file photo)
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Summerland Ornamental Gardens to hold sale online

Annual fundraiser offers plants for avid gardeners

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Mary Preston plants beets in one row while Melanie Bennett and others prepare other rows for planting during a volunteer work bee the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Interest in gardening grows in the Shuswap amid COVID-19 crisis

Local gardeners see more people growing food at home

Mary Preston plants beets in one row while Melanie Bennett and others prepare other rows for planting during a volunteer work bee the Shuswap Community Teaching Garden on Saturday, April 25, 2020. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
This year, organizers of the Summerland Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sharing Stand are calling on local gardeners to help provide fruits and vegetables. (Stock photo)

Summerland’s sharing stand asks gardeners for help

Seeds, starter plants and labour will be provided to participating gardeners

This year, organizers of the Summerland Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Sharing Stand are calling on local gardeners to help provide fruits and vegetables. (Stock photo)
Seeds are a hot item at a couple of Salmon Arm gardening stores this March. (File photo)

Vegetable seeds grow in popularity with Shuswap residents

Pandemic draws a new crowd in Salmon Arm to the joys of growing plants

Seeds are a hot item at a couple of Salmon Arm gardening stores this March. (File photo)
Visitors can find decor, tools and advice at the Grays Harbor Home and Garden Show in May.

COLUMN: The challenge of growing a garden

When I was growing up, I spent countless hours in my grandparents’ huge garden

  • Mar 20, 2020
Visitors can find decor, tools and advice at the Grays Harbor Home and Garden Show in May.
Seeds are a hot item at a couple of Salmon Arm gardening stores this March. (File photo)

Seed potatoes ‘flying off the shelves’ as Shuswap residents decide to grow own food

Pandemic draws a new Salmon Arm crowd to the joys of growing plants

Seeds are a hot item at a couple of Salmon Arm gardening stores this March. (File photo)
Summerland Ornamental Gardens now closed

Summerland Ornamental Gardens now closed

Events, workshops and activities have been cancelled or postponed

Summerland Ornamental Gardens now closed
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Plant experts to speak at Summerland Ornamental Gardens

First workshop scheduled for Saturday, March 21

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LETTER: Gardens should be encouraged

I have a good sized vegetable garden and a large box which my son built

  • Mar 9, 2020
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Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!

Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!

Combine and save as much as 35% on tickets to 21 top visitor attractions in Vancouver

  • Mar 9, 2020
Craft your own Vancouver Experience – for less!
Kim Hyde of the Eagle Valley Arts Council and Vreny Bieri, an organizer with the Sicamous Banner project, show off the work produced by volunteer artists at the Red Barn Arts Centre on Sunday, March 31. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)

Communities in Bloom: Resolutions to make 2020 bloom

Along with work in the garden, Sicamous residents can help out with the annual banner project.

  • Jan 26, 2020
Kim Hyde of the Eagle Valley Arts Council and Vreny Bieri, an organizer with the Sicamous Banner project, show off the work produced by volunteer artists at the Red Barn Arts Centre on Sunday, March 31. (Jim Elliot/Eagle Valley News)
A Gardener’s Diary: preventing blossom-end rot

A Gardener’s Diary: preventing blossom-end rot

Jocelyne Sewell is a longtime gardener and gardening columnist with The Morning Star in Vernon

  • Aug 7, 2019
A Gardener’s Diary: preventing blossom-end rot