The Okanagan Xeriscape Association
You have just opened the door to a whole new way of looking at your landscape, whether that’s the yard around a house; the landscaping around your condo; the entrance to your business; or the welcome to a new home or subdivision you’ve built.
The Okanagan Xeriscape Association is a registered charity founded in 2009 to help people Garden with Nature, conserving water and energy in the process, but creating beauty.
Enjoy our website and extensive plant database of waterwise plants.
Come to a class or workshop.
Visit our Xeriscape Demonstration Gardens in Kelowna and West Kelowna.
Learn while volunteering. Ask questions of our experts.
By learning more about xeriscape, you are learning how to create colourful, attractive outdoor spaces while minimizing your use of water—a resource that’s in short supply in the arid Okanagan climate, as well as elsewhere.
That means you save money on water, but at the same time, when you employ xeriscape principles you also save money on pesticides because you’re growing plants that suit their natural environment so they are less vulnerable to insects and diseases.
Plant of the Month- December
Limber Pine, Pinus flexilis
Pinus flexilis, also known as Limber pine, is an evergreen useful for adding winter interest and structure to the garden. The common name of Limber pine refers to the flexible branches on the tree, an adaptation allowing this evergreen to avoid branch loss in areas of heavy snow.
It is found natively in the Rocky Mountains at elevations of 5,000 to 12,000 feet. The cultivar ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ is planted in the OXA demonstration garden and has an upright, columnar form with long, twisted, closely-spaced blue-green needles. At maturity, this pine will reach a height of 30 feet with a width of 20 feet.
Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ is hardy in zones 4-7 and can be successfully grown in either a full-sun or part-sun location and is not particular about soil type or pH. This pine establishes a long tap root and is therefore difficult to transplant once established in the landscape, so please consider its placement carefully.
Pinus flexilis ‘Vanderwolf’s Pyramid’ is a long-lived evergreen often reaching 100 years and can be enjoyed for generations to come.
Our new blog, On The Dry Side, is an opportunity to share information on how to garden with nature while conserving water in the Okanagan Valley.
As a group blog and forum, we welcome your contributions and comments and hope to create a blossoming community of xeriscape gardeners as well as a valuable archive of articles.
What is xeriscape and why it is perfect for the Okanagan environment? Learn how you can start conserving water in your own landscape.
7 Principles of Xeriscape
The UnH2O Garden
A complete guide to each of our UnH2O Demonstration Garden themed beds– a 4,000 square foot garden, planted in 2010, which includes six theme areas to illustrate xeriscape possibilities. (See the Get Inspired tab in our main menu)
Our Xeriscape Garden Stories include photographs and stories showing xeriscape in action right here in several gardens in the Okanagan including winners from our 2011 and 2013 Xeriscape Garden Contests.
We would like to thank the Okanagan Basin Water Board and Okanagan WaterWise for their support and funding
Did you know?
- There is LESS water available per person in the Okanagan than anywhere else in Canada
- The Okanagan has one of the highest rates of water use per person in Canada
- The 2nd largest use of water in the Okanagan is for watering our household lawns & gardens
Here’s a reminder to check out the Make Water Work website to make your pledge to reduce water waste. Xeriscape is a very effective way to make water work.