Originally established in 1916 as part of the Agricultural Research Station, the Gardens were designed to help new residents, many from the U.K. and other rainy climates, choose ornamental plants for their gardens that would be suitable for the dry Okanagan climate.
Today, you can walk by the demonstration garden beds and learn principles of water-wise gardening with the diverse Welcome Garden, the Xeriscape Demonstration Garden, the Cactus Garden, Iris Beds, Meadow, Butterfly Garden, Shade Gardens, and more. The gardens feature a vast collection of perennial and annual flowers, mature trees, grasses and shrubs.
As you stroll through the Gardens you will enjoy views of Okanagan Lake, Giant’s Head Mountain and the Trout Creek Trestle railroad bridge, an outstanding engineering feat constructed for the Kettle Valley Railway.
In collaboration with Agriculture Canada, the site is maintained with help from the non-profit society, the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens.
The Friends promote appreciation for ornamental horticulture, natural and man-made landscapes, and heritage preservation. Through coordinated staff and volunteer efforts we protect and enhance the Gardens, promote their recreational and educational year-round use, stimulate new ideas and techniques and enhance the visitor’s experience. This benefits gardeners, the tourist industry and the community at large.
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING–
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 2ND 7pm – 8:30pm
Everyone is invited!
Please join us for our AGM at the Summerland Research and Development Centre, 4200 Hwy 97S, Summerland
This is an exciting Centennial Year for the Gardens as well as the 25th Anniversary for the Friends of the Gardens Society. A short AGM will be followed by David Gregory’s presentation: HISTORY OF THE FARM PICNICS (see complete details on Upcoming Events page)
SPRING PLANT SALE–
Mother’s Day Weekend MAY 7 & 8 8am – 4pm
100 SEASONS IN THE SUN– CENTENNIAL CELEBRATIONS
JULY 16 & 17 10am – 5pm
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AWARD–
The Friends of SOG have been nominated for a “Sustainability Leader Award” at the 78th Annual Summerland Business and Community Excellence Awards. Full award descriptions can be found on the Summerland Chamber of Commerce Website.
All presentations will be held at the Superintendent’s House at Summerland Gardens, 4200 Hwy 97 S, Summerland and are free for FOG Members– a great benefit of becoming a member !
SEE UPCOMING EVENTS FOR DETAILS
SOILS OF SUMMERLAND – Scott Smith
FEBRUARY 18– Thursday, Noon – 1pm
INTRODUCTION TO XERISCAPE GARDENING – Gwen Steele
FEBRUARY 27– Saturday, 9am – Noon
THE SEASON OF THE BEE– Kevin and Janelle Dunn
MARCH 11– Friday, 10am – Noon
GOT BATS, WANT BATS?– Margaret Holm
MARCH 19– Saturday, 10am – Noon
VEGGIES IN THE DESERT– Kathryn McCourt
APRIL 2– Saturday, 10am – Noon
INVASIVE WEEDS– TRAITS THAT MAKE THEM SUCCESSFUL– Lisa Scott
APRIL 8– Friday, 10am – Noon
WILDFLOWERS OF THE OKANAGAN– Harold Baumbrough
APRIL 15– Friday, 10AM – Noon
DEMONSTRATION RAIN GARDEN TOUR– EARTH WEEK
APRIL– Week of 18-23 TBA
POLLINATORS HOUSE BUILDING WORKSHOP– Maureen Lisle