Summerland Ornamental Gardens

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Summerland Ornamental Gardens

Summerland Ornamental Gardens
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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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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Andrew B
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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, Canada284 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
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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
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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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JohnWellington
3 contributions
Dec. 2019
So peaceful and pretty! The volunteers do an excellent job donate if you are able to help this attraction going for many years to come!
Written March 2, 2020
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Louise
Osoyoos, Canada66 contributions
Aug. 2019
We truly enjoyed the different types of flowers, trees, etc. Be ready to spend a minimum of 2 hours if you want to see most of it.
Written October 18, 2019
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Dean G
34 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
This is a great no cost place to visit in Summerland. The grounds are very spacious so go prepared to do a lot of walking because there is a lot to see.
Written September 4, 2019
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Jon S
London, UK150 contributions
Aug. 2019
but not really worth a special trip to see. Not terribly ornamental as it was planted by the British to see hat would grow in the climate.
Written August 17, 2019
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Destiny222
Lethbridge, Canada72 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Family
I thought I found the edge of the gardens, but they just keep going! It would take hours to completely explore the grounds.

There are secluded places to eat, beautiful trails lined with careful kept greenery and beautifully cared for flowers.

At one end I even found stairs the went down the hillside with views of the valley, orchards and a waterfall. The waterfall was too far away for a photo, but it was most unexpected and relaxing!
Written August 13, 2019
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John-Cypress-Tx
Cypress, TX446 contributions
Jul. 2019 • Family
Really worth it, for a $5 donation some lovely walks and gorgeous flowers. A great spot for a picnic with lots of benches and tables in some lovely settings. Some large green spaces and walks with great views of the canyon, the Kettle Valley Rail and the farm lands. Everything is well market and flora identified.
Written July 7, 2019
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Summerland Ornamental Gardens is open:
  • Sun - Sat 8:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.