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.
MAY 12 … 10 – noon
Kathryn McCourt. Learn how to have a healthy lawn, vegetable and flower garden with up to 50% less water.
MAY 26 … 10 – noon
Keeping You In The Garden: a physiotherapy approach
With Chris Stokes. Come listen to physio Chris discuss the physical challenges you meet as gardeners and how you can over come them.
JUNE 2 … 10 – noon
Gardening for Our Native Pollinators
Eva Antonijevic will share her knowledge of creating a pollinator friendly garden habitat by focusing on the diverse types of native bees that pollinate our region’s wildflowers and cultivated plants. A garden tour will follow the presentation.
JUNE 16 … 10 – noon
With Rick Sauder. Explore the roses of the Gardens with an expert. Rick will share his story about how he came to find the Gardens hidden historical Canadian roses.
JUNE 23 … 9 – 3pm
Quest/FOG Garden Tour
Ten gardens to explore, including the Summerland Ornamental Gardens.
JULY 7 … 10 – noon
Workshop with Rick Sauder. Learn how to propagate roses from cuttings and take some home.
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.