Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Summerland Ornamental Gardens
4.5
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 6:00 PM
About
Originally established in 1916 as part of the Federal Agricultural Research Station, now the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, the 6 hectare, 15-acre Summerland Ornamental Gardens expanse was 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. In collaboration with Agriculture Canada, the site is maintained with help from the non-profit society, the Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens. As you stroll through the Gardens you will have 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. Walk by the demonstration garden beds and learn principles of water-smart gardening with the diverse Welcome Garden, the Xeriscape Garden, the Cactus Garden, the Iris Beds, the Meadow, the Butterfly Garden, the shade gardens, and more. The gardens are open year round and the Friends of the Garden Society request a $5.00 per person donation.
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  • Yvonne B
    Penticton, Canada370 contributions
    Geocaching in the Gardens
    My sister and I along with our two dogs visited the gardens to find several geocaches. It was a beautiful day to explore the many different parts of this attraction. We saw the KVR trestle as well as the Fairy Garden. We were interested in the Xeriscape Garden as well. The Butterfly Garden presented us with information about birds, bees and butterflies. A mural of twenty-two different plaques pictured the birds and flowers of the region. Our plan is to return to attend seasonal workshops offered on water conservation and other topics.
    Visited March 2022
    Written March 14, 2022
  • J&N
    Canada17 contributions
    Graduation
    Was told by a friend about this place as we wanted to do a photo shoot for my daughter graduation. Well since BC is going through a hot spell plus a huge water restriction , I can understand why a lot of the flowers are fighting hard to survive along with the grass and bushes. I can only imagine what it would be like if BC was not so hot and dry! Got here around noon and there was a few groups of people scattered around enjoying the views. I didn't have any issues finding many different areas to take photos of her day. Lots of shade and areas to sit. I used the bathroom and it was clean. All in all great day for photo shoot!
    Visited July 2021
    Travelled with friends
    Written July 17, 2021
  • Laurel M
    Calgary, Canada833 contributions
    Beautiful gardens, great views
    These gardens exist due to the hard work of volunteers. It was originally part of the Dominion Experimental Farm and there are many species developed here on display. Take the short drive up the hill from Highway 97 turning at the government of Canada sign for Summerland Research and Development Centre. There is no fee to enter the gardens but there is a donation box. There are several little boxes with maps of the gardens as well as large maps throughout the park. We did an easy wander through all the gardens and were so happy to discover this place. Plenty of parking, washrooms available, lots of benches to sit and relax at.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written August 21, 2022
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Yvonne P
Red Deer, Canada40 contributions
Aug. 2023 • Family
We loved our visit to the gardens! The trails were fun to explore as a beautiful morning walk. Turning each corner, it was so neat to see different trees, flowers, and vegetation. Such a lovely spot!
Written August 13, 2023
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Vhend
Reardan, WA140 contributions
Jun. 2023 • Friends
We came across a sign for these gardens, decided on a whim to check them out, so glad we did! Very pretty flowerbeds all around, with thoughtful labels on different varieties, so you know what you're looking at. Pretty views of the valley, and many places to stop and enjoy the flowers. Loved the surprise fairy garden!
Written June 12, 2023
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gillesc826
Kelowna, Canada38 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful gardens, very peaceful, birds and butterflies aplenty, so many varied plants - flowers, ground-covers, trees, bushes - all well marked & identified for our information. Nice views of the gorges and the Kettle Valley railway.
Written May 29, 2023
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Michelle P
Calgary, Canada141 contributions
May 2023 • Couples
Beautiful volunteer run ornamental garden. Lots of benches, picnic tables and washrooms. Although it was early in season some of the flowering trees in bloom. Today they were setting up for their big fundraiser for the gardens on Saturday and Sunday May 6 and 7. Lots of plants on display for sale.
It's about a 10 minute winding drive up the hill from hwy 97 south of Summerland.
We hope to return in the summer when all the annuals are planted.
Written May 5, 2023
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Laurel M
Calgary, Canada833 contributions
Aug. 2022 • Couples
These gardens exist due to the hard work of volunteers. It was originally part of the Dominion Experimental Farm and there are many species developed here on display. Take the short drive up the hill from Highway 97 turning at the government of Canada sign for Summerland Research and Development Centre. There is no fee to enter the gardens but there is a donation box. There are several little boxes with maps of the gardens as well as large maps throughout the park. We did an easy wander through all the gardens and were so happy to discover this place. Plenty of parking, washrooms available, lots of benches to sit and relax at.
Written August 21, 2022
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CherylUftonOgston
Huntsville, Canada8 contributions
Jun. 2022 • Couples
Beautiful gardens. Great diversity in types of gardens - drought/shade/rose/ butterfly. Plants were well marked for those with less knowledge
Written June 30, 2022
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Andrew B
4 contributions
Jul. 2021
Vast expanse of gardens and lawns to savour and enjoy. The volunteer group who maintain the Gardens do a commendable job each year to make this a special place and venue for families.
Written June 17, 2022
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Yvonne B
Penticton, Canada370 contributions
Mar. 2022
My sister and I along with our two dogs visited the gardens to find several geocaches. It was a beautiful day to explore the many different parts of this attraction. We saw the KVR trestle as well as the Fairy Garden. We were interested in the Xeriscape Garden as well. The Butterfly Garden presented us with information about birds, bees and butterflies. A mural of twenty-two different plaques pictured the birds and flowers of the region. Our plan is to return to attend seasonal workshops offered on water conservation and other topics.
Written March 14, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

J&N
Canada17 contributions
Jul. 2021 • Friends
Was told by a friend about this place as we wanted to do a photo shoot for my daughter graduation. Well since BC is going through a hot spell plus a huge water restriction , I can understand why a lot of the flowers are fighting hard to survive along with the grass and bushes. I can only imagine what it would be like if BC was not so hot and dry!

Got here around noon and there was a few groups of people scattered around enjoying the views. I didn't have any issues finding many different areas to take photos of her day.

Lots of shade and areas to sit. I used the bathroom and it was clean.

All in all great day for photo shoot!
Written July 18, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Mark M
Surrey, Canada6 contributions
Feb. 2020 • Couples
Even though the weather wasn’t very good (a little snowy and chilly we really enjoyed the grounds, beautiful trees, a gorgeous heritage home, great view of a trestle bridge and rushing creek, we were lucky enough to spot some Bohemian Waxwings, California Quails and a Red Tailed Hawk as we were leaving, I would highly recommend visiting in the spring when the gardens are in bloom!
Written March 6, 2020
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Summerland Ornamental Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.