Xeriscape Classes


Introduction to the Seven Principles of Xeriscape” – presented as a one-day class, contains practical information for people who want to make changes to an existing landscape or create a new landscape, as well as for those who are new to gardening in the Okanagan.

Okanagan Xeriscape specialist, Eva Antonijevic uses her extensive photo collection to illustrate the principles of design and planning, soil improvement, practical turf areas, efficient irrigation, use of mulch, good maintenance, and appropriate plant selection. You will learn how to get started with xeriscape and where to find further information.
Classes are held twice a year– in the Spring and the Fall. 

If you wish to be notified as soon as our new class schedule is posted, email admin@okanaganxeriscape.org  and ask to be put on the class notification list.

Xeriscape landscapes are colourful and attractive. With the diversity of water wise plant species available, almost any style of gardening is possible. The easy to follow principles will guide you in using methods to garden in harmony with nature. Learn simple ways to drastically reduce landscape water use while at the same time saving time and money. Maintenance will be reduced – less mowing, trimming, weeding, watering and fertilizing are needed. Plants will thrive. Healthy plants are highly resistant to pests and diseases thereby reducing or eliminating the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers.


The Xeriscape (Water-wise) Gardening Class may be booked privately. To book, please email eva@okanaganxeriscape.org

Eva Antonijevic presents xeriscape classes through the Okanagan Xeriscape Association

Eva Antonijevic, Okanagan Xeriscape Association


Eva Antonijevic is a registered professional biologist and the Program Director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association. Eva’s role as the Community Program Director for the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens (FOG) for the past six years has involved taking leadership with the FOG board and staff to implement many water conservation initiatives on this fifteen acre site.   The water conservation improvements include: water metering, upgrading and monitoring irrigation and revising planting philosophy and conducting environmental educational programming and workshops.  Several new garden beds have been installed using drought tolerant plants to demonstrate year round interest and colour along with extensive renovations to the existing two and half acre Xeriscape Garden. Eva’s reverence for the Okanagan’s magnificent landscapes reflects the way she approaches gardening.  She encourages the use of hardy native plants in our gardens to emulate our natural ecosystem. 

Eva is excited to begin her work with OXA and is keen to share her knowledge and experience, related to climate resilient landscaping, throughout the Okanagan Valley.