Garden with Native Species

Celebrate the natural richness and beauty of the islands by using native plants in your home garden and landscaping.

The islands of the Salish Sea contain some of Canada’s rarest species and ecosystems. Garry Oak meadows and older Coastal Douglas-fir forests have disappeared from much of their former range.

ITC Saturna; Photo: Kristine Mayes, Islands Trust

Invasive, introduced plants escaping from gardens quickly change natural habitats for the worse. Planting native species is part of the solution to habitat loss.

A changing climate and population growth are putting increased strain on scarce water resources. Because native plants have developed in this dry coastal climate, they have adapted to summer drought which reduces the need for watering. These plants will attract songbirds and pollinating insects, creating important habitat right in your own backyard.

Native Gardening Tips

For native gardening tips, plant suggestions for your garden, and information about native plant container gardening, download the Habitat Acquisition Trust Gardening with Native Plants guide.

If your interest is more specific to Garry Oak ecosystems, download a copy of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team Gardener’s Handbook to find tips on planning your native garden, acquiring plants, mulching, and managing deer impacts.

More Information

Covenant Management and Outreach Specialist

E: stewardship@islandstrust.bc.ca

T: 1-250-405-5182