The Thompson Okanagan is unique in that its topography ranges from Mount Robson in the north (the highest peak in the Canadian Rockies) to Canada’s only true desert in the south.
In between is a rich valley bursting with flowers, wine grapes and other fruits, characterized by abundant lakes and rivers. The Okanagan Valley offers a handful of lush gardens in which to relax and reflect.
At the southernmost end of the region, learn about the hundreds of endangered plant and animal species indigenous to the desert at the Desert Centre in Osoyoos.
The area’s dry climate makes water conservation an important consideration, and xeriscape gardening - using drought-resistant plants to save water - is popular here. The Summerland Ornamental Gardens and Kelowna’s Elysium Gardens are wonderful examples.
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2834 Belgo Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
1.6 ha (4 ac) of stunning perennial gardens and Japanese inspired garden carved out of a lovely old apple orchard. Surrounded by unobstructed mountain views and pastoral countryside. Fragrant herbs, roses, lush English borders, rocky, scree & xeriscape gardens, woodlands, peony, day-lily and iris beds. Meticulously maintained organically, and gorgeous in all seasons. Unique perennials for sale. Designated picnic area within gardens.
Elysium Gardens is also an outstanding venue for wedding ceremonies and photos. Our chapel-like gazebo is approached by strolling up 'Lavender Lane'. A Must See!
4380 Takla Rd
Kelowna, British Columbia
A beautiful farm property with sweeping views of Okanagan Lake was the inspiration behind the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm, a family business that has developed a reputation as growers, producers & distillers of fine quality lavender products. The best blooming time for the lavender display gardens is early July, with distillation, a very fragrant time at the farm, occurring in early August. Wander our unique Herb Gardens which bloom throughout the growing season, or treat yourself to lavender-inspired goods at the Lavender Cafe. We invite you to come & entice your senses. Self-guided tour available in English, French, German & Spanish.
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751 Hwy 97B NE
Salmon Arm, British Columbia
R.J. Haney Heritage Village and Museum is the Shuswap's largest heritage attraction. Tour through the restored Haney House and explore the Village rich in history with 14 historical or replicated buildings. Discover interesting exhibits in the Museum, the kids can pan for "Haney Gold" and visit the gift shop and antique store. Take a walk on our beautiful nature trails. Marjorie's Tea Room offers a daily lunch special and homemade desserts. Sure to be a highlight of your visit reserve your seat at Villains and Vittles Dinner Theatre during July and August with shows, Wednesday, Friday & Sunday. A home style meal and play promises to delight audiences.