Upcoming Events


Date: June 10, 2017
10 am to 3 pm
Summerland Ornamental Gardens,
4200 Highway #97 South, Summerland BC
Registration: Okanagan Xeriscape Association

Our one-day workshop contains practical information for people who want to make changes to an existing landscape or create a new landscape, as well as for those who are new to gardening in the Okanagan.

Okanagan Xeriscape specialist, Eva Antonijevic uses her extensive photo collection to illustrate the principles of design and planning, soil improvement, practical turf areas, efficient irrigation, use of mulch, good maintenance, and appropriate plant selection. You will learn how to get started with xeriscape and where to find further information.

Xeriscape landscapes are colourful and attractive. With the diversity of water wise plant species available, almost any style of gardening is possible. The easy to follow principles will guide you in using methods to garden in harmony with nature. Learn simple ways to drastically reduce landscape water use while at the same time saving time and money. Maintenance will be reduced – less mowing, trimming, weeding, watering and fertilizing are needed. Plants will thrive. Healthy plants are highly resistant to pests and diseases thereby reducing or eliminating the need for chemical pesticides and fertilizers.


Eva Antonijevic is a registered professional biologist and the Program Director of the Okanagan Xeriscape Association. Eva’s background as the Community Program Director for the Friends of the Summerland Ornamental Gardens (FOG) for the past six years has involved taking leadership with the FOG board and staff to implement many water conservation initiatives on this fifteen-acre site.

The water conservation improvements include: water metering, upgrading and monitoring irrigation and revising planting philosophy and conducting environmental educational programming and workshops. Several new garden beds have been installed using drought-tolerant plants to demonstrate year round interest and colour along with extensive renovations to the existing two and half acre Xeriscape Garden.

Eva’s reverence for the Okanagan’s magnificent landscapes is reflected the way she approaches gardening. She encourages the use of hardy native plants in our gardens to emulate our natural ecosystem.


This is the time of year to renew your membership or for new members to join our Society.

The Friends’ yearly membership runs along the calendar year from January to December.

 By being a member and contributing as a volunteer, the community keeps us growing and moving forward supporting the delivery FOG’s programming and maintenance at the Gardens.

Download the Membership Form to mail in with your payment or pay directly online using one of our Membership direct payment options listed.


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