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“Visit to the Rain Garden”

Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Ranked #5 of 34 things to do in Summerland
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Owner description: 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.
Reviewed November 15, 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 we saw in Penticton but it's design with rocks and plants was suited to where it was situated here. Our plan is to visit the Rain Gardens in Kelowna and also the one in Vernon

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Reviewed October 24, 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.

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Reviewed September 19, 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 part of the garden was confusing to get to and then was being watering so our path was a dead end. May be nice for a picnic.

Also it was impossible to find, the road was a confusing and the signs are faded.

Thank CJ K
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Reviewed September 17, 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.

Thank Eve_Delta
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FOGSummerland, Chair at Summerland Ornamental Gardens, responded to this reviewResponded September 19, 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 by volunteers.

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Reviewed September 12, 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 September 15, 2017

Thanks for visiting!

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