Summerland Ornamental Gardens
Summerland Ornamental Gardens is an experiment of a much different kind than the one at Agriculture Canada’s Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre. Trees, shrubs and other plants thrive without the need for irrigation that was such a problem for early orchardists. Snow Crocus, Asian Dogwood and Chrysanthemum are the names of three flowers that may be admired between February and October each year. The ornamental gardens are to Xeriscape gardening what the Summerland Museum is to the town’s history: a place to tour, learn and discover the secrets of growth. Visitors may walk along Trout Creek Canyon and get a bird’s-eye view of the Kettle Valley Railway Trestle that crosses it. The grounds’ picnic area, gazebo and beautifully-manicured lawns make Summerland Ornamental Gardens a perfect location at which to have a family get-together.