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.
ART IN THE GARDENS
Sunday, August 27th
11am to 3pm
Bring your family to picnic in the gardens and visit with local artists during this four hour summertime event!
Hosted by the Friends of the Gardens (FOG), the artists will be showcasing their work in the beautiful historic Summerland Gardens which were established over 100 years ago. Admission to the gardens is by donation which helps the non-profit society, FOG, continue their stewardship of this valuable piece of Okanagan agricultural history.
*Artists who would like to participate can pick up a registration form at the Summerland Art Council on Wharton Street in Summerland or fill out and submit the registration form below to friends.summerland@gmail.
SUMMER IS A GREAT TIME TO VISIT THE GARDENS!
Check back for information on our guided tours
This is the time of year to renew your membership or for new members to join our Society.
The Friends’ yearly membership runs along the calendar year from January to December.
By being a member and contributing as a volunteer, the community keeps us growing and moving forward supporting the delivery FOG’s programming and maintenance at the Gardens.