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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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.com

Download the Registration Form 

Art in the Gardens- hosted by the Friends of the Gardens at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens


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Wildflower border at the Summerland Ornamental Gardens



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.

Download the Membership Form to mail in with your payment or pay directly online using one of our Membership direct payment options listed.