Celebrate Christmas and the history of Kelowna in December

It’s Christmas tree time again and my favourite local tree farm is opening up this Sunday.

It’s Christmas tree time again and my favourite local tree farm is opening up this Sunday for another busy three weeks of providing some of the nicest trees on the market.

At Woodhaven Tree Farms, you can choose from at least six different varieties including Douglas fir, Nordman fir, grand fir, noble fir, Fraser fir and my absolute favourite the white fir.

Ted Corbett has been growing trees on his Swainson road property for many years now. I have a personal affinity to his operation as I was involved right from the tree farm’s beginning in offering tree growth advice.

For more information such as hours of operation go to his website Woodhaventreefarms.com or call 250-826-8733.

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Another Christmas event I highly recommend is watching Santa arrive at Byland’s Garden Centre in his helicopter.

This year, I’m excited to take my little granddaughter Ellie and get her picture taken on Santa’s knee.

As a matter of fact, I just may get one of myself with the jolly old elf if I don’t break his knee!

This all happens at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 3. I suggest getting there a bit early so you won’t miss a thing.

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After my radio show last Saturday, I scooted over to the Heritage Museum and listened to Sharron Simpson give some insight into her latest book, The Kelowna Story.

What a great manuscript this is easy to read, well documented and chock full of information on the history of our beautiful city much of which I learned for the first time.

While there have been several books written on Kelowna’s history, this one focuses on the human aspect and the list of characters that made their mark along the way.

Great work Sharron. The book is available at the museum or any of the retail book outlets such as Mosaic Books.

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Are you trying to think of something to buy that special gardener in your life for Christmas? Here are a few suggestions:

Pruning shears. A pair of Felco hand shears will be a lifelong companion to the avid gardener.

I’ve had my pair since 1972 and other than normal cosmetic wear on the handles they are as good today as they were when I bought them.

A minimum/maximum thermometer is a valuable tool that tells a gardener just how cold it got the previous night as well as how warm it got during the day.

Great for decision-making in regards to putting plants out in the spring, etc.

You just can’t go wrong with a good pair of garden gloves.

A hand lens for examining closely for insect or disease problems. I carry a 10 power lens in my pocket at all times.

The ultimate gift for the gardener, if budget permits, is a ticket to get on the bus to the Northwest Flower and Garden show held next February in Seattle. This is the eighth year I will be hosting the trip. Call Sun West Tours, 250-765-9016, for more information.

Tune in to The Don Burnett Garden Show on AM 1150 News Talk Sports Saturday mornings from 8 to 10 a.m.