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Gardens Near Kelowna Hotels Downtown About to Bloom

April 06, 2016

Kelowna Indoor Activities

The Kasugai Gardens is one of several gardens worth a visit from those staying at Kelowna hotels downtown.

Photo courtesy of: Expedia, Tourism Media

The Okanagan Valley is renowned for its fertile growing environment. All you have to do is look around at the endless acres of vineyards and orchards sprawled across the countryside. For visitors staying at Kelowna hotels downtown, a great way to experience the local plant life is to visit some of public gardens in the area.

Spring is the perfect time to get out and explore local gardens. Many of the early-season bulbs are starting to shoot up, the cherry blossoms are already here and the bees are out collecting pollen.


Elysium Gardens

Location: 2834 Belgo Rd

Elysium Gardens are comprised of approximately three acres of perennial display gardens, as well as a Japanese inspired garden. For your viewing pleasure, you will find a dizzying array of:

  • Perennials
  • Ornamental grasses
  • Shrubs
  • Trees

Maintained using organic and environmentally sustainable methods, Elysium Gardens offer magnificent views of the surrounding countryside. On those days when the sun becomes a little too warm, you can seek refuge under pergolas covered by climbing roses and clematis.

Originally on old apple orchard, Elysium features many inspirational and educational garden examples, including:

  • Sun and shade borders
  • Herb gardens
  • Rose, peony, daylily and iris displays
  • Xeriscaping gardens
  • Rockeries and scree beds


Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm

Location: 4380 Takla Road

As growers, producers and distillers of more than 60 varieties of the fragrant plant, the Okanagan Lavender Herb Farm is a must-see attraction for visitors staying at Kelowna hotels downtown. There are a number of options for those who visit the picturesque grounds, including:

  • Self-guided walking tours
  • Classes and workshops
  • Pick your own bouquets

Or you can simply visit the gift shop featuring products made using locally grown lavender.

Some of the workshops include:

  • Lavender wreath making
  • Garden to table workshops
  • Aromatherapy classes
  • Wand and basket making classes


Kasugai Gardens

Location: 1435 Water Street

Located in Kelowna’s thriving cultural district, Kasugai Gardens is an oasis of tranquility in the heart of the city. While measuring just .31 hectares (or .76 acres), this vibrant walled enclosure is packed with many stunning visual displays, including:

  • Tiny forest
  • Stone Zen garden
  • Streams and waterfall
  • Bridges
  • Tea garden
  • Koi pond

For those in the know, this is the ideal retreat if you want to escape the hubbub of the city with either a good book or a bag lunch. If you’re staying at one of the hotels in Kelowna, it can be a nice place to get out and stretch your legs.

Kasugai Gardens, which were completed in 1987, are named for one of Kelowna’s sister cities—Kasugai, Japan. They are meant to symbolize the friendship between the two cities.


To learn more about the benefits of staying in the heart of the city, read our post: 5 Reasons to Stay at Kelowna Hotels Downtown.


If you’re looking for Kelowna hotels downtown that are close to cultural events and entertainment, call BEST WESTERN PLUS Kelowna Hotel & Suites: 1-888-860-1212

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