The Summerland Ornamental Gardens were originally designed to help new residents, many from rainy climates such as the U.K., choose ornamental plants suitable for the dry Okanagan climate.
Today, the Friends of the Gardens continues to fulfill this mission with the following objective through xeriscape gardening workshops and demonstration gardens:
“To educate the public in ornamental horticulture and effective water use, by demonstrating the range of plants species and water requirements possible in the Okanagan area.”
Most xeriscape plants are low-maintenance. In the gardens, we show you a variety of xeriscape plantings which look great but don’t require the pampering that water loving plants need.
Xeriscape trees. shrubs and grasses, as well as perennial and annual flowering plants cover the entire growing season with colour from early spring til late fall. Visit the gardens throughout the year to see for yourself and keep an eye on our events page for upcoming xeriscape gardening workshops.