Green thumb classes start

Spring gardening classes demonstrating techniques for creating water-saving landscapes that also save time and money, are being put on by the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association.

Spring gardening classes demonstrating techniques for creating water-saving landscapes that also save time and money, are being put on by the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association beginning next week.

Local xeriscape specialist Gwen Steele, executive-director of the OXA, will be teaching the classes which run for two consecutive Wednesdays March 23, April 6, April 20 and May 4.

Classes will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. at the H2O Aquatic Centre, 4075 Gordon Dr., where the association’s demonstration xeriscape garden, the Un-H2O Garden, was officially opened last fall.

Classes are $50 a person, but $45 for OXA members and $90 for couples from the same household.

For more information and to register for classes, go to the website at: www.okanaganxeriscape.org or call 762-6018.

The website includes illustrated stories about creation of local xeriscape gardens as well as a detailed plant database of drought-tolerant offerings and native plants which grow well in this climate with little additional water.