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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Summer job for student with Summerland Ornamental GardensWe are offering summer employment to a student who will be attending university in the fall. The successful applicant will be working at the Summerland Research Station Gardens as an assistant to the head gardener, as well as assisting the community program director and the Friends of the Gardens with Centennial celebrations preparation, data collection and more.

The position starts immediately and you can find full details plus applicaton instructions in this PDF.



JULY 16 & 17
10am – 5pm

Summerland Ornamental Gardens Centennial Celebraration Poster 2016

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Check Our Centennial page for complete details


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 !



“Learning to love dry-land plants” article by Eva Antonjevic, featured in the Penticton Herlald on May 4,2016