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.


To donate by cheque, please make it out to ‘Friends of the Garden’ and mail it to PO Box 1363, Summerland, BC, V0H 1Z0.


APRIL 27, 2019, 10:00 AM to Noon at the House
WORKSHOP: Xeriscape Your Veggie Garden! 
Learn how to grow more vegetables with less work and less labour. And bring all your questions about growing your favourite veggies. Free to members; a donation from non-members is appreciated.

May 4 & 5, 2019, 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Annuals, Perennials, Vegetables, Tomatoes, Drought Tolerant plants, Master Gardener Advice, Artisan Market, Refreshments. 

Download our PLANT SALE LIST FOR 2019 

Workshop: Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM, Okanagan Gardening for Newcomers with Kathryn McCourt




The Friends promote an 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. These efforts benefit 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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