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.
SEPTEMBER 22… 9am – 3pm
FALL PLANT SALE – One-Day Only!
Start your morning off with our “Fall Planting for Spring Success” Workshop at 9am and then browse the Perennials, Shrubs, Trees, Vines, and Grasses we have for sale. Coffee and refreshments will be available!
* Take a peek at our Plant Sale List to see what we will have available at the sale!
FOG is offering several workshops and events to members and interested others:
Sept. 12, 9:30-10:30 am. Andy Matheson, a UBC Horticulture graduate who has been volunteering at the Gardens since April, is presenting a workshop entitled “What’s in a Weed?” He will cover identification, uses and other interesting aspects of plants we think of as weeds.
Sept. 22, 9:00 am. Prior to the Plant Sale, Kathryn McCourt is offering a half-hour workshop entitled “Fall Planting for Spring Success” explaining why fall is the best time to plant perennials in the Okanagan. The sale begins at 9:30.
Sept. 29th, 10:00-Noon. “Low-Water Lawn Care” is back by request. Attendees will have an opportunity to help top-dress a hungry section of lawn with municipal compost.
October 10th, 9:30 am. The public is invited to a ribbon-cutting and tour of the newly-planted alternative lawn and pollinator-friendly demonstration areas, and enjoy cake and coffee.
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.