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Native plants are present and cultivated on all of the 4 campuses. One of the biggest benefits is that they don't normally require irrigation, fertilizer or pest control beyond what Mother Nature provides naturally. They are used exclusively for any new planting and we are slowly replacing our existing green spaces with indigenous species as budget allows.
- Penticton “Habitat” garden features indigenious species of the South Okanagan. This area is a centre piece at the Duncan Avenue entrance to the campus. The garden is managed by a volunteer group with assistance from Facilities Management. The Centre for Excellence supports rooftop plantings of native plantings.
-Salmon Arm campus features the Nancy Clark Garden. Nestled in the courtyard beside a pond that remains open year-round due to an underground spring.
-The Vernon campus property overlooks coulee’s that traverse into Kalamalka Lake. The Ellison bench is a perfect spot to admire the gentle slopes adorned with Arrowleaf Ferns, Rye grass, Common Snowberries and Oregon Grape.
-At the Kelowna Centre for Learning development native species were extensively used in the surrounding landscape. Dogwood trees, Barberry & Juniper bushes cascade to Yarrow, Creeping Thyme & Sedgegrass