Other Gardening References

Beth Chatto’s Gravel Garden by Beth Chatto, Viking Studio, Penguin Group.

This is the story of how Britain’s top nursery woman, in the dry gardening field, created a lush low maintenance garden out of her nursery’s parking lot. The photos show good examples of informality, low maintenance, and gravel paths. Most of the plants are hardy here. Note: This book does not have hardiness zone ratings on the plants.
Link to Beth Chato's Gravel Garden
The Wild Lawn Handbook by Stevie Daniels, MacMillan Publishing.

This book has many great ideas for alternatives to lawns, such as wildflower meadows, and information on how to establish them.
Link to The Wild Lawn Handbook by Steve Daniels
How to Get your Lawn and Garden off Drugs by Carole Rubin, Harbour Publishing.

Good approach to healthier plants and to decreasing maintenance time – all without the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides. An entertaining and informative read.
Link to How to Get Your Lawn off Drugs by Carole Rubin
The Landscaping Revolution, Gardening with Mother Nature, Not Against Her by Andy and Sally Wasowski.

This is a humorous look at wasteful gardening habits and presents easy creative alternatives.
Link to The Landscape Revolution by Wally and Sandy Wasowski
Garden Paths, Inspiring Designs and Practical Projects by Gordon Hayward, Camden House Publishing.

Lots of great ideas with good detailed “how to” information and photos/illustrations.
Link to Garden Paths, Inspiring Paths and Practical Projects
Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan
This guide introduces you to the South Okanagan’s unique environment and provides advice on how to use this knowledge to enhance your property. Choosing the right plants and hardscape materials can protect your property from drought, fire and flood while also reducing water, energy and landscaping costs.

PDF download available here
Building Climate Resilience in the Okanagan
"Let’s Go Natural" is a gardener's guide to composting, grasscycling and water smart gardening in the Central Okanagan.

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Link to Let's Go Natural by the ECCO of the Okanagan
Grow Me Instead Booklet 2013
Created by the Invasive Plant Council of BC, this 65-page booklet includes 27 of BC's most 'unwanted' plants in horticulture, as well as five recommended alternatives (non-invasive native or exotic plants) for gardeners and landscapers.

PDF download available here
Link to "Grow Me Instead" pdf by the Okanagan Xeriscape Association in Kelowna
Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area
This informative manual was adapted for Oliver from the original manual written by Toni Boot and Janelle Parchomchuk,
'Xeriscape Design Concepts for Large Lots; Solutions to the Challenges of Landscaping on the West Bench', December 2009.

PDF download available here
"The Slow it. Spread it. Sink it! An Okanagan Homeowner’s Guide to Using Rain as a Resource" is an easy-to-use guidebook. It shows local residents how they can easily capture and re-use the water that falls on their property as well as protect their property and the environment from the effects of rainwater runnoff.

PDF download available here
Slow it. Spread it. Sink it.- using rain as a resource