The Summerland Ornamental Gardens are situated in the Southern Okanagan Valley of British Columbia, Canada. In existence for almost 100 years, this 15-acre heritage botanical garden is open to the public year round.  Suitable for walks, hikes, picnics, and garden research, admission is by a suggested donation of $5 per person.

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..

Check our Visitor Information page for hours and a map of the gardens and Explore the Gardens through our photo gallery.

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.

Find out more About the Friends, Become a Member or Volunteer – we would love to have you join us!

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Upcoming Workshops

Join three experts and learn about protecting our shoreline habitats. This free workshop will show you how to maintain healthy habitats along our shorelines and riparian areas.

When and Where:
Oct 21, 7-9pm, Regional District of Similkameen-Okanagan, 101 Martin St., Penticton.
Oct 22, 7-9pm, Oliver Recreation Center, 6359 Park Dr., Oliver
Oct 24, 10am -12 noon, Summerland Ornamental Gardens, 4200 Hwy 97 S

For complete information, see our Workshops page

Look around, many plants are showing symptoms of water stress. Improper watering is the # 1 reason for plant problems in landscapes. What factors help the trees and shrubs during periods of drought? This interactive session will focus on soil manipulation to improve water retention and uptake by plants.

When and Where: Friday Oct 30 9am – 12 Noon
Summerland Ornamental Gardens, 4200 Hwy 97 S

For complete information, see our Workshops page