Allan Brooks Nature Centre
250 Allan Brooks Way, Vernon
Situated off Comonage Road, The Centre is open May to September. Nature related classes are available (250-558-4208). Native plant gardens were planted in 2001 and weaned off water in 2003. This excellent challenging test site above the military camp (hot, dry, sunny and windy) has lots of different species. Plants are labelled.
Elysium Garden and Nursery
2834 Belgo Road, Kelowna
Magnificent display gardens include xeriscape beds, perennials and ornamental grasses. An entry fee is charged.
3615 Gartrell Road, Summerland
A demonstration garden under construction which includes native and xeriscape plants.
Okanagan College Native Plant Garden
Campus alongside Highway 97, Penticton
This garden was planted in the early 1990’s and gives a good example of dry Southern Interior vegetation. Some of the trees are getting quite mature. Plants are labelled and there is good interpretive signage.
Summerland Research Station Xeriscape and Ornamental Gardens
off Highway 97 south of Summerland
An extensive xeriscape test site was planted in the early 1990’s using natives, common garden plants and many varieties introduced from Colorado and New Mexico. Due to a lack of funding for maintenance, the site was overgrown by Gypsophila paniculata (Common Baby’s Breath), an ornamental that has become a noxious weed in the South Okanagan. It has been partially restored. A xeriscape display garden was planted in 2001.
The UnH20 Demonstration Garden
4075 Gordon Drive, Kelowna
The OXA's 4,000 square foot demonstration garden has five theme areas- Mediterranean, Butterfly, Native Plant, Ornamental and two Rock Gardens to illustrate the possibilities in a xeriscape landscape.
2704 Highway 6, Vernon
Beside the Okanagan Science Centre, this small community-created garden has excellent signage and a very good pamphlet which can be obtained inside the Science Centre.