Burnett: Garden tour leads up to Guisachan flower show

Gardening columnist Don Burnett reflects on last weekend's Kelowna garden tour and the upcoming Guisachan flower show.

Another successful Kelowna Garden Tour was held last Saturday, so kudos to all involved especially the homeowners who offered their properties to the public for viewing.

The weather cooperated nicely and plant material was in great shape.

Coming up this weekend, Saturday June 22, is the Kelowna Garden Club’s annual flower show.

Here is your chance to enter your flowers and plants in a juried flower show and get some recognition for your efforts.

Anyone wanting to enter flowers or plants in the show, contact Alicja at 250-717-0570, Judy 250-861-5010 or visit www.kelownagardenclub.ca.

If you don’t want to enter this year just come and enjoy the planned events for the day including an arts and crafts show, painting, flower arranging, and flower basket demos.

There will be an orchid display and a special display of floral art. Master gardeners will be on hand to answer your questions.

And I will conduct a walk and talk in the Guisachan Heritage Park garden at 1:30 p.m.

Ian Cameron, grandson of the garden’s creator Elaine Cameron, will be with me to add a special historical perspective.

There is no admission and the show goes from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at heritage park, 1060 Cameron Ave. just off Gordon Drive.

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I am hearing some very disturbing chit chat about the possibility of the Kelowna Lawn Bowling Club losing its long-time location in City Park.

I’m hoping this is just a misunderstanding, but if there is any truth to this you can bet I will have lots to say about it.

The lawn bowling club is the last vestige of anything historical left in Kelowna’s largest park as the club has been a good steward of its little portion for many decades.

My Grandpa Henderson was a member as have been many citizens of our city.

The club has recently grown in membership due to a renewed interest in the game and work done to the greens over the past few years.

Last summer,  a very prestigious tournament was held at the facility and more are planned for the future.

Lawn bowling is a very cool sport which anyone can play to his or her own level. It cost a fraction of golf and other pastimes to participate in and contrary to popular thinking, it is not just for older people.

This is a sport that is actually taught in high school in the UK. I would much rather see some young people doing their thing on the bowling green than having their faces and thumbs planted in a Blackberry.

There should be thoughts of enhancing its presence in the park and promoting it, not the opposite.

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We lost a dear friend recently and I am so sorry I wasn’t able to attend his service. George Hillian my Grade 10 high school English teacher passed away at the age of 91.

I always enjoyed running into him and chatting it up over the years and I will miss seeing him. My condolences go out to his family.

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

 

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