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.
Okanagan College Campus
Highway 97 at Duncan Avenue, Penticton
In 2011, the whole Okanagan College Penticton Campus landscape was redone to meet xeriscape standards required by the Living Building Challenge criteria used to create the Centre of Excellence.
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.
Osoyoos Desert Centre
14580 -146th Avenue, Osoyoos
The Osoyoos Desert Centre is a 67 acre nature interpretive facility where visitors can learn about desert ecology, habitat restoration and conservation of endangered ecosystems in the South Okanagan. It includes a guided or self-guided tour along a 1.5 km elevated wooden boardwalk, an interpretive facility with hands-on exhibits, and a native plant demonstration garden.
Penticton Xeriscape Garden
In Marina Park, east of the Penticton Art Gallery, Marina Park Way
The garden shows combinations of indigenous and non-indigenous drought-tolerant plants that could be replicated on a typical urban property to create a water-wise landscape. It is comprised of three distinct planting areas of similar water usage designated in the plans, in the extensive online brochure, by three distinct colour codes.
Summerland Ornamental Gardens
off Highway 97 south of Summerland
The original historic gardens were planted in the 1920's. 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. Restoration has been ongoing since 2000. A xeriscape display garden was planted in 2001. A Butterfly Garden, a Native Plant Garden and a Welcome Garden of perennials and ornamental grasses have been added in the past three years. A Rain Garden will be added in 2014.
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 Grass and Rock Garden to illustrate colourful possibilities in a xeriscape landscape. Plants are labelled and an informative brochure, complete with plant list, is available in the garden or online.
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 or online through the website link.