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Xerendipity Garden Closing its Doors

Posted Monday, September 23, 2019

The Xerendipity Garden has been demonstrating environmentally sustainable gardening practices in its small nook between the Okanagan Science Centre and the Arts Centre in Polson Park since 2006. This space has showcased drought-tolerant landscaping, organic gardening, composting principles, and water conservation and provided a venue for enhanced education, demonstrations, celebrations, arts and culture.

Aptly named Xerendipity for its ever-changing and growing array of unexpected discoveries, many school classes, arts and science students, and the general public have enjoyed the space for its teaching and learning opportunities through formal workshops, beautifully crafted signage, and independent wanderings.

It is with some regret that the Xerendipity Garden will be closing its doors. The RDNO will not be renewing the lease for the space, and control and maintenance of the space will revert back to the City of Vernon. Structures such as fencing, composters, signs and storage units will be removed, leaving behind a beautiful number of trees, shrubs, plants and paths for visitors to enjoy until more changes are made by the City of Vernon. It is unknown at this time what the City of Vernon plans long-term for the space, but the transition from a specific garden to incorporation into Polson Park will begin early in October.

The RDNO is planning on constructing a Waste Reduction Education Centre at the Greater Vernon Diversion and Disposal Facility. We will also continue to build partnerships with organizations that support waste reduction and waterwise gardening.

Stay tuned for announcements on workshops and other learning opportunities led by the RDNO in the near future.