Welcome

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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

March 2, 2019 (Saturday), 10:00 AM to NOON
Volunteer Recruitment and Orientation Workshop 
ALL WELCOME – Refreshments, Prizes!
Come and learn how to help the gardens grow!  Workshop on Perennial care!
Held at the IOOF Hall, 9563 Main Street, Summerland.
RSVP to friends.summerlandgardens@gmail.com or call 250-494-1448.

 

March 6, 2019 (Wednesday), 7:00 PM
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING (Friends of the Summerland Research Station Gardens) 
Location: Summerland Research and Development Centre
Coffee, tea, and refreshments will be available
Presentation on our Social Media (with Tamora Davy & Andy Matheson)
Please renew your membership online or prior to the start of the meeting. 

March 16, 2019 (Saturday), 10:00 AM to NOON
Basic Pruning Workshop with SCOTT AUSTIN 
Location: At the Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Space is limited! Please pre-register now at friends.summerlandgardens@gmail.com

March 23, 2019 (Saturday), 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
SEEDY SATURDAY AT THE GARDENS! 
Location: ALLIANCE CHURCH, 14820 Victoria Rd. N. in Summerland.
More room for plants, displays, workshops. Hope to see you there!

 
 

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. 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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