Landscaping workshop to teach sustainable ideas

An opportunity to learn more about creating a more-sustainable, environmentally-conscious landscape around your home will be provided through a day-long workshop with an internationally-recognized landscape architect and author who is coming to Kelowna from California.

  • Feb. 3, 2011 10:00 a.m.

An opportunity to learn more about creating a more-sustainable, environmentally-conscious landscape around your home will be provided through a day-long workshop with an internationally-recognized landscape architect and author who is coming to Kelowna from California.

Owen Dell is being brought here by the non-profit Okanagan Xeriscape Association to present a one-day workshop for landscape professionals Friday,, Feb. 18.

On Saturday, Feb. 19, he will offer his knowledge and experience to the home gardener.

OXA executive-director Gwen Steele says she heard Dell speak at a workshop last fall and found him positively inspirational.

“He’s a really dynamic speaker and it was eye-opening to hear about his vision of how socially-conscious landscaping can make such a difference to the future,” Steele said.

“He speaks from experience having pioneered many of the practices of sustainable landscaping presently in use worldwide.

“We’re super excited that he is coming and that he is able to do a workshop for home owners as well as the one for landscape professionals.”

Steele said the OXA believes we waste far too much water in this semi-desert climate on green lawns and inappropriate plant choices.

With some thoughtful renovations, we can have beautiful, colourful landscapes in our yards and around commercial and public buildings, use far less water and even spend less time and money on maintenance.

Attending Dell’s workshop is the ideal starting point, she says.

The workshop for home gardeners will begin with a talk in the morning on Sustainable Landscaping: A Visionary Look at the Future of Gardens, which will include specific ideas on how to create stable, beautiful landscape systems that really work for both the property owner and the environment.

He will then use an award-winning residential landscape to show how his vision can be applied on a typical site, with lots of ideas you can use on your own property.

What to do with the lawn, which he says is the least interesting and most consumptive part of a garden, will be his final morning talk.

In the afternoon, he will talk about professional tricks for planting success, a class he promises will be lively and fun and make you a planting expert.

Sustainable landscape maintenance is the final talk of the day and he commits to turn you away from what he terms “adversarial horticulture” to change forever how you think about garden maintenance.

You can register online at www.okanaganxeriscape.org.

The professional’s workshop is $160, with a discount for early birds.

The home gardener workshop is $75 with a discount for OXA members.

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