Make most of surroundings
I just had to vent, although this doesn’t really pertain to your story, which is getting old now, I know.
I just watched the video for the Barefoot Beach Resort and couldn’t believe what I was hearing re: their landscaping plans. Understand that I think what these two men are doing (especially achieving approval from locatees) is amazing for Penticton. Kudos to them. But, to want to take away from the natural wonder of the unique ecosystem and climate that the Okanagan offers freely, and plant a ‘transporting tropical paradise’ for their guests, makes no sense to me.
Perhaps yurts in Thailand, Hawaii, etc. would be better suited. This is a precious (to Canada) environment, why not embellish on this fact? Have they even considered what amazing beauty in doing xeriscaping can achieve?
Please guys, for all sorts of realistic reasons, this makes sense. I grow agaves, lavender, sage, needleponit yuccas, Rocky Mountain junipers, Russian olive trees, plane trees, and they look great and distinctive to this ‘rain shadow’ environment. We are not the tropics.
Give your guests a taste of where they are coming to — what do you think? Not even the City of Penticton seems willing to adopt this uniqueness in landscaping; it’s a shame. Give it some thought.