About this Publication
This manual was
originally written in 2009 by Toni Boot and Janelle Parchomchuk and titled ‘
XeriscapeDesign Concepts for Large Lots, Solutions to the Challenges of Landscaping on the West Bench
’ as part of a West
Bench Irrigation District initiative. We thank them for their permission to use it as the basis for thismanual.The revision of this manual was spearheaded by the
Oliver Communities in Bloom
Committee in orderto:
Educate residents of Oliver and Rural Oliver (homeowners with yards & small acreages) aboutgeneral water conservation methods for their gardens and backyards (excluding agricultural fieldsor vegetable gardens).
Introduce xeriscaping concepts to residents, so they are more aware of options to reduce water useon their properties or lots.
Share water conservation lawn care knowledge with residents, especially newcomers who are notaware of the need for efficient waterwise gardening techniques for the Okanagan.This booklet was made possible thanks to the generous support of the Town of Oliver, Area C of theRegional District of Okanagan
, and the “Oliver Communities in Bloom”
Waterwise Gardening for Home and Small Acreage Owners of the Oliver Area
is not just a
manual. It also includes information on how to save water on lawns, and how to manage and reduce therisks of soil erosion present in silty soils such as those along Black Sage Road.To get the full benefit of the colour in this publication, it is best to download and save it on your
computer. If you choose to print the document, use a colour printer and 8.5” x 11” paper (Let
ter size).To reduce paper use, print on both sides.This icon represents a particular design consideration or implementation process that canresult in cost-savings when converting a landscaped lot in Oliver or Rural Oliver to xeriscape.This icon represents a special Tip or Idea.