May 12, 2016 - 4:30 PM
OKANAGAN BASIN WATER BOARDS EXPANDS LOW WATER PLANT COLLECTION UNDER MAKE WATER WORK CAMPAIGN
OKANAGAN - With drought a distinct possibility this summer in the Okanagan and watering restrictions likely, now is a great time to think low-water plants for your garden.
And it just so happens the Make Water Work program is expanding its plant collection to 54 drought-tolerant species that thrive in the Okanagan, communications director Corinne Jackson says.
Since its inception in 2011, the Make Water Work campaign has focused on reducing the 25 per cent of water that ends up on lawns and gardens.
With the introduction of the plant collection last year, the focus now includes educating homeowners about the range of drought tolerant plants available at select local greenhouses and garden centres, Jackson says.
Developed by Bylands Nursery and the Okanagan Xeriscape Association, the collection includes grasses, perennials, shrubs and trees, Jackson adds.
Two new garden centres have joined the program, bringing to nine the number of places in the Okanagan Valley drought-concious gardeners can buy plants.
The Okanagan Basin Water Board is a joint venture of the three regional districts that surround the lake, North Okananan, Central Okanagan and Okanagan Similkameen.
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