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.
We appreciate you.
Dear Members and Friends,
Your support is of vital importance to the ongoing success of the Friends of the Gardens. The Gardens are maintained using donations and the efforts of its volunteers and members to pay two seasonal gardeners. They, along with volunteers, look after the majority of day to day maintenance of the gardens and the development of interpretative signage. Your membership renewal and/or donation at this time of year will give clearer vision for the Board of Directors.
In 2018, you will receive seasonal newsletters, opportunities to participate in educational workshops, tours, and know that you have a part in keeping these gardens growing into the future.
The Directors thank you and sincerely appreciate your ongoing support.
“Friends of the Garden inspires the community to embrace sustainable gardening, and maintain, enhance and enjoy the historic Summerland Gardens.”
Income Tax Receipts issued for donations greater than $25
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.