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The 2.5 acre Edwardian gardens, established by Elaine Cameron, have been restored to their 1920s splendor, based on information provided in Mrs. Cameron’s journals and photographs.
The Cameron family purchased the Guisachan property in 1903 and operated a dairy farm. Paddy and Elaine Cameron lived on the property for 81 years. Guisachan Ranch was an important part of Kelowna’s social and cultural life for many years and was noted for its gymkhana and equestrian events.
The gardens have been resurrected with the planting of more than a 100 roses, and 50 species of trees and shrubs, some 100 different perennials as well as dozens of herbs and annuals.
The Park, besides its beauty, has an aura of mystery. It is said that on nights when the moon is full, the clip-clop, clip-clop of horse’s hooves and the sound of buggy wheels may be heard echoing through the avenue of hundred year old cedar trees which adjoins the Park.
Today Cameron Gardens is a popular destination to stroll through perennial gardens. Each season brings with it new delights of color and scent. Since the original restoration of Cameron Gardens, the Central Okanagan Heritage Society has held a gardening contract to maintain the gardens.