100 Seasons in the Sun – Celebrating the Centennial of Summerland Ornamental Gardens
The Friends of the Gardens will be mounting a series of free weekend long celebration events on July 16-17 inspired by one of the Summerland’s greatest community happenings – the historic Summerland Ornamental Gardens’ Farm Picnic.
The Gardens were established in 1916 and now 100 years on we are ready to inspire once again. The Celebrations will harken back to the “good old days” by demonstrating hand made crafts, hand made food (vendor Brodo with True Grain Breads), heritage vegetable gardening, a flower show, acoustic music (Cod Gone Wild, South Okanagan Big Band, Tavis Weir & Co.) and children activities - featuring old fashioned games and a potting shed activities (plant and take home your own plant).
Informative garden tours conducted by Master gardeners hourly on both days will spotlight our new environmentally friendly Demonstration Rain Garden, Welcome Garden, Crescent Garden and three Make Water Work Gardens along with our extensive Xeriscape Gardens. The garden tours will also include a Heritage Tree Tour by Douglas Justice, Associate Director of UBC Botanical Gardens. Scott Austin, our local accomplished gardener and author will be giving a highly informative garden tour highlighting the important history of the Gardens and their role in our gardening community. Gwen Steele, Executive Director of Okanagan Xeriscape Association, will also be conducting in depth tours of our Demonstration Xeriscape Garden.
For art and heritage lovers we will be leading tours of the historic Superintendent’s house where a Botanical drawing exhibit will be on display featuring the work of Julia Bullock Webster (circa 1890’s). There will also be an exhibition of Vintage Apple Box art.
Come dressed up in your favorite vintage clothes and join us celebrating this enduring community touchstone - the South Okanagan’s oldest and most beautiful Garden – It will be a weekend to remember!
A free shuttle bus will provide transit to and from the Gardens from the Summerland Research and Development Centre parking lot.