Summerland Ornamental Gardens, Summerland

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On the hills overlooking spectacular Lake Okanagan, the Summerland Ornamental Gardens were founded in 1916 as part of the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. The Research Centre and Gardens were developed to assist pioneer orchardists in the wilderness of the Okanagan Valley to grow fruit, as well as trees and flowers for their home gardens. In 1991, a local group of citizens formed the Friends of the Research Station Gardens Society to work in collaboration with Agriculture Canada to maintain the gardens. The Friends of the Gardens society raises funds to pay gardeners and sponsor public workshops and programs. Summerland Ornamental Gardens is a showpiece of gardening possibilities and options in the Okanagan Valley for local residents and visitors.
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  • August 12, 2017
    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 surpri...  more »
  • July 30, 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 tran...  more »
  • July 9, 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!  more »

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