Friends of the Summerland Research Station Ornamental Gardens
Our Impact Why We Exist
Preserve, protect and enhance the Gardens and increase public enjoyment.
Educate the public in horticulture and effective water use, by demonstrating the range of plants species and water requirements possible in the Okanagan area.
Cooperate with other horticultural and environmental related agencies, organizations and businesses, to test new and unfamiliar ornamental plants to expand the range of horticulture material available in the Okanagan area.
Promote a broad community awareness and appreciation for the importance of ornamental horticulture, natural and man-made landscapes and heritage preservation in our communities while keeping the gardens enviromentally sustainable.
Conduct fund-raising to support these objectives.
Our Story What We Do
Demonstration and enviromental education is a central part of our mandate. We work with all age groups, from schoolchildren to seniors, and rely heavily on our cadre of motivated volunteers.
Focus of our organization:
Conversion of high water demand flower borders to water wise plantings
Increase the footprint of our vegetable gardens and involve school children in vegetable growing and harvesting
Environmental Education demonstrations, presentations and workshops
Cultural development and historical preservation
Maintenance and beautification of an established public garden
Our Programs How We Do It
1. Community based programs feature weekly educational seminars and public garden tours in the summer season.
2. Okanagan Master Gardeners and Friends lead educational tours of plant collections, xeriscape and heritage gardens for community members, the general public and out of town visitors. The Summerland Gardens have one of the most comprehensive collections of botanical and drought tolerant plants and trees in the region.
4. On the weekends our Visitors Information Kiosk is open – providing tourists with information on the significant heritage and cultural history of the Gardens (created in 1916)
5. Weedy Wednesdays - our two paid gardeners lead work parties with volunteers every Wednesday
6. Annual Planting events with volunteers in take place in May and in the fall and also during specific project timeframes
What You Can Do
Become a member of the Friends of the Summerland Research Station Gardens Society
Become a donor
Contribute your expertise and conduct a workshop at The Gardens
Join our volunteer teams - contact Eva Antonijevic at email@example.com