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The Friends of Summerland Ornamental Gardens welcomes your visit to these Gardens in the heart of the Okanagan Valley, British Columbia, Canada. The Gardens are open all year. Click Visitor Info (above) for seasonal open hours.

2014 Coming Events

Wednesday, March 5, 7pm: Annual General Meeting
David Weir, Manager, Greenhouse, Grounds & Ornamental Gardens, Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre, speaks on "The Changing Role of Botanic Gardens in the 21st Century"

Sunday, May 4, 8am - 4pm: Spring Plant Sale
Friends of Summerland Gardens Annual Spring Plant Sale

Spring Workshops

See our Calendar page for descriptions

Friday, Feb 21, 1:30 - 3:00: Tree Fruit Pruning
Charlotte Leaming

Saturday, March 8, 10am - 12 noon: Native Plants and Gardens in the South Okanagan
Dennis St. John and Eva Antonijevic

Saturday, March 15, 10am - 12 noon: Xeriscape is not Zeroscape
Eva Antonijevic

Saturday, March 22, 10am - 12 noon: Rain Garden Design and Installation
Donna Lane and Lindsay Bourque

Saturday, March 29, 10am - 12 noon: Waterboxx Installation & Tour
Dennis St. John and Eva Antonijevic

Saturday, April 12, 10am - 12 noon: DIY Rain Barrel Primer
Zoe Kirk and Eva Antonijevic

Tuesday, April 22, 10am - 12 noon: Low Water Lawn Care, Low Labour
Kathryn McCourt, as part of Summerland Earth Week Series

Saturday, April 26, 1pm - 3pm: Composting Workshop
Cameron Baughen, as part of Summerland Earth Week

Saturday, May 31, 10am - 12 noon: Xeriscape Landscaping
Sara Williams
Join celebrated author Sara Williams as she explores the topic of Creating the Prairie Xeriscape: dealing with low maintenance, water-conserving landscaping.

Weddings and Group Events:
To reserve the Wedding Plaza or Picnic area:
please call Agriculture/Agri-Food Canada: 250-494-7711.

Thousands of volunteer hours go into keeping the Gardens beautiful. When you reserve the Gardens for a wedding or other special event, we request that you make a donation to our non-profit society. To arrange for your donation, please send us an email or call us at (250) 494-6385.

To donate to Friends of the Gardens online now, go to our Donors page and make an online donation via our Canada Helps page. Alternatively, you can email us or leave us a message at 250-494-6385.

Watch our YouTube video.

Buy our book: Gardening in the Dry Interior of British Columbia -- click here to read more.

Garden Tours: During the growing season we offer personalized guided tours of the Gardens in exchange for a donation to our charitable Society. Email us or leave a message at 250-494-6385.

Master Gardeners: Find out about the Master Gardeners Association of BC, or, to learn more about the Okanagan Master Gardeners, click here.

Local Food Growing Initiatives: Find out about backyard and community food growing and the "Sharing Land 4 Food" program of Penticton Urban Agriculture Association: click here.

We acknowledge the financial assistance of the Province of British Columbia toward the maintenance of the Gardens.