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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Call for volunteers for the Summerland Gardens CentennialWe are seeking volunteers to assist with our Centennial celebrations on July 16th and 17th. The following opportunities are available–

  • Set-up and Take-down
  • Park Maintenance
  • Garden Greeters
  • Historical House Tour Guides
  • Beverage Kiosk Operators
  • Volunteer Centre Hosts
  • Shuttle Coach Hosts
  • Children’s Activities Helpers

Find full details in this PDF.

PLEASE consider a minimum 2hr shift, take a break to enjoy the festivities and return for a second shift of 2 hours in the same area or a new one. Parking is very limited, so plan an early arrival for your shifts and consider carpooling with friends /family.

WE VALUE OUR VOLUNTEERS! T-shirts provided, volunteer check-in centre, light beverage and snacks, safety vests as required and orientation mini-workshops provided as needed.

Interested and eager?
Contact Volunteer coordinator, Connie  at 100seasonsinthesun2016@gmail.com  or phone 250-494-1448



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