Mediterranean, drought-tolerant plants in bloom at the Okanagan Xeriscape Garden at Kelowna’s H20 aquatic centre. —image: contributed

International acceptance for Okanagan Xeriscape Association

Association invited to join international plant and gardens group

The Okanagan Xeriscape Association has become the only Canadian organization invited to join a global group of societies for people with an interest in Mediterranean plants and gardens.

Alfredo Unda of Mediterranean Gardening Chile visited OXA members last year and later wrote to his colleagues about the OXA garden, and OXA’s comprehensive online plant database.

He was so impressed with its public xeriscape demonstration garden—the unH2O Garden in front of the H2O aquatic centre on Gordon Drive in Kelowna, that he recommended an invitation be sent out to OXA to join.

OXA became a member in December after the other members of the organization from France, Portugal, Chile, South Africa, the United Kingdom, Southwestern Australia and California, voted to invite it to join.

MGi is a group which includes independent societies in the Mediterranean climate zones of the world, interested in sharing their knowledge and experience of gardening and plants.

“This is a wonderful way to begin OXA’s 10th anniversary year,” said co-founder Gwen Steele.

Member societies within MGi help each other by sharing information, expertise and resources. Meetings are held in different parts of the world with tours of Mediterranean gardens and workshops on techniques for growing such plants.

Mediterranean plants enjoy hot, sunny weather and use less water than those in other climatic zones of the world. They are ideal in this climate for xeriscape landscapes, which are drought-tolerant.

OXA members are now invited to attend tours and events organized by members of the other seven members of MGi at locations around the world.

For more information and to become a member of OXA, go to its website at: www.okanaganxeriscape.org.

For more information about MGi, go to its website is: mediterraneangardeninginternational.org.

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