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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THE EDGE AND BEYOND: Conservation and the Seeds of a Solution by Tanis Gieselman

Tanis will take us on a journey illustrating the wonders our BC flora, show why native species in our gardens greatly benefit conservation initiatives, and demonstrate how seed saving can provide solutions to some of the major challenges facing our natural environment.

When: Friday, October 21, 2016 | 10:00 – 11:30am
Where: Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Admission: Free for Members | $10 for Non-members



Classroom Presentation and a Guided Tour highlighting the Grasses at the Gardens

When: Saturday, October 29, 2016 | 10:00 – 12:00am
Where: Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Admission: Free for Members | $10 for Non-members


100 Seasons in the Sun

A big THANK YOU to everyone who came out to celebrate The Summerland Ornamental Gardens Centennial on July 16 & 17.  It was a great success with over 3,500 visitors enjoying the events, food, music and especially Garden Tours. 95 volunteers ensured that everything ran smoothly and we are so grateful to them and our wonderful sponsors.

You can read more about the event in the Penticton Herald

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“Learning to love dry-land plants” article by Eva Antonjevic, featured in the Penticton Herlald on May 4,2016