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Summerland Ornamental Gardens

4200 97 Highway South, Summerland, British Columbia V0H 1Z0, Canada
+1 250-494-6385
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Visit to the Rain Garden

My sister and I recently read an article about rain gardens and learned that there are several in... read more

Reviewed 15 November 2017
Yvonne B
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Penticton, Canada
A beautiful relaxing get away if you like gardens

Walked the entire garden and enjoyed the peace and solitude. lots of native plants to see. old... read more

Reviewed 24 October 2017
cooperkellyd
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Calgary, Canada
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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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4200 97 Highway South, Summerland, British Columbia V0H 1Z0, Canada
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"trout creek"
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"suggested donation"
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"research station"
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"run by volunteers"
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"relaxing stroll"
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"trestle bridge"
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"no charge"
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"kettle valley train"
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"nice break"
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"lots of space"
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"walk around"
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"views are spectacular"
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"off the highway"
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Reviewed 15 November 2017

My sister and I recently read an article about rain gardens and learned that there are several in the Okanagan. After visiting the one in Penticton, we drove to the Summerland Research Station to see one there. It performed the same function as the one...More

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Reviewed 24 October 2017

Walked the entire garden and enjoyed the peace and solitude. lots of native plants to see. old growth trees.Very well groomed and natural areas. Restrooms, water.

Thank cooperkellyd
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Reviewed 19 September 2017

Very lovely place, but not the best. I recommend if you want to go to walk down through the trees to the trail alone the canyon/fence. The grass was prickly and poking through my shoes when we tried to walk around there. And the one...More

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Reviewed 17 September 2017

This is a great place for a quick visit, or for a leisurely long stop. In one place you can see the railway line. There are different types of garden to wander through. There is no charge.More

Thank Eve_Delta
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FOGSummerland, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 19 September 2017

Although there is no admission to the Gardens we rely on donations to keep the Gardens growing. The Gardens are run by the Friends of the Gardens, a not for profit society. The donations help us pay for our two seasonal gardeners who are assisted...More

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Reviewed 12 September 2017 via mobile

Well landscaped Beautiful flowers and trees Very quiet Lots of space for kids to run around Can see the trestle from a viewpoint Free admission

Thank Candy Miu Yin C
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FOGSummerland, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 15 September 2017

Thanks for visiting!

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Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

Visited just after the garden opened and enjoyed my nearly solo meanderings. Appreciated the many plantings of less thirsty gardens as well as the emphasis on local, dry climate plants. Biggest surprise came when walking through the multi-generational garden when I saw purple cherry tomatoes.

Thank Charmed2013
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FOGSummerland, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for visiting.

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Reviewed 30 July 2017

Get away from the daily pressures with a leisurely stroll through these beautiful gardens. Take a deep breath of fresh air, feel the warm sun on skin. Listen to the absence of noise, the peaceful tranquility of birds chirping and bees humming. Cast your eyes...More

Thank xfitfan
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FOGSummerland, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

So glad you enjoyed your visit. Our volunteers spend hours working in the gardens. We are all dedicated to preserving the Gardens beauty.

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Reviewed 9 July 2017

Beautiful location and grounds. Nice place to walk around and relax. The Trout gorge or something like that, is visible and the bridge. Take the steam train ride and you can go on the bridge!

Thank delyn35
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FOGSummerland, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Thank you for visiting. We have the best view of the KVR train on the bridge if you schedule a visit when it is there.

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Reviewed 25 June 2017

Took my in laws out for a Sunday afternoon drive, pretty place high on the hillside and such beautifully tended gardens too!! They loved it and we will definitely go again.

Thank Sarah M
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Summerland G, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 27 June 2017

We are pleased you enjoyed the gardens. The gardens change dramatically with the seasons and offer new experiences with each visit, do consider a regular visit if you are close by.

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Reviewed 15 June 2017

A great place to stop for a stroll, a picnic or even a few hours with a good book. We will definitely return.

Thank lynnkriekle
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Summerland G, Chair of Friends of the Gardens at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded 21 June 2017

Thanks! Glad you enjoyed your visit.

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marlenem652
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Response from FOGSummerland | Property representative |
Our summer hours are 8:00 am to 8:00 pm seven days a week. There is no admission but we ask for a donation of a minimum of $5.00 which helps maintain the gardens and pay for our gardeners. I hope you will visit and enjoy... More
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