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Haliburton Community Organic Farm
741 Haliburton Road, Victoria B.C.

 HOURS:  Tuesdays to Saturdays 9am-4pm


Retail and wholesale: We accept cash, cheque,  credit cards, and e-transfer
Phone: 778-679-3459
E-mail: info@saanichnativeplants.com


               

We apologize to those of you experiencing issues with our website. We are working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. Thank you so much for your patience!

Saanich Native Plants offers a wide selection of plants and seeds that are native to southern Vancouver Island.  Our plants are propagated from our own stock and are local in originSaanich Native Plants resides on the Coast Salish Territories of  the W̱SÁNEĆ Peoples.

Saanich Native Plants provides consultation to private landowners and land managers in selecting appropriate species, planting methods, site preparation, and maintenance.  We are happy to accommodate custom orders.

We have been part of Haliburton Community Organic Farm since 2013 and all of our plants and seeds are certified organic (IOPA #1305-1958). We do not use any chemical fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, or hormones to grow our plants.

 

Saanich Native Plants E-Gift Cards!

Do you need a great gift idea for a nature lover in your life? Try one of our e-gift cards that are just a click away for someone to enjoy native plants from our nursery at their convenience!


Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards

Saanich Native Plants was a 2018 nominee in  Ecological Stewardship for business! 

The 
Vancouver Island EcoStar Awards recognize outstanding environmental achievements and leadership by businesses, organizations and individuals.        

Rose Hip Tea and Jam Workshop

Thank you to everyone who participated in our Nootka Rose Tea and Jam Workshop November 11th! We learned how to tell the three local species of rose apart, how to process and make rosehip jam and teas and about ethical harvesting. Everyone went home with some jam!



Registration is open for our spring Lawn to Meadow Workshop!

Helping Local Butterflies

During fall and winter, when you feel like cleaning up your gardens, remember that many butterfly species rely on standing vegetation for overwintering sites. This Lorquin’s Admiral was visiting our Canada Goldenrod patch this summer. Being an adult butterfly is only a small fraction of their lifecycle. For most of their life, they are out of our sight as an egg, larva (caterpillar), or in a chrysalis developing. If you are trying to have a butterfly garden, it’s nice to have plants for them to feed on as adults, but it’s even more important to have the plants that they lay their eggs on, and to keep vegetation standing where they are overwintering.

In late summer/fall, Lorquin’s Admiral are 1cm long caterpillars, resting in a little sleeping bag rolled in the leaves of their host plants, which include Oceanspray, willows, and fruit trees. They use silk to attach the leaf to the twig so that it doesn’t fall in the autumn. Through the winter, the tiny caterpillar will wait out the wind, rain, and freezing weather hanging in its sleeping bag. This is just one example of a butterfly life cycle. Each native butterfly has a unique life history with special requirements.

Native plants are an incredibly important part of butterfly conservation because the caterpillars of some species can only eat specific native plants. To learn more visit: 

www.saanichnativeplants.com/…/SNP_handout_Butterflie… 
www.saanichnews.com/…/book-feature-vancouver-islan…/
www.vancouverislandbirds.com/Journal399.html
www.goert.ca/documents/Butterfly_ID_sheet.pdf

Thank you to the 100+ family, friends, staff, customers, community, colleagues and partners who came to celebrate the 5th anniversary of Saanich Native Plants on April 20th! We are so grateful for your support over the years! 

Thank you BC Farms & Food for this article and video!

Join the Saanich Native Plants Restoration Group on Facebook!

This forum is to help with questions from land managers and the public about restoration techniques, plant identification, planting choices, site preparation and much more. Here we can share information and resources, and to connect people on these topics.
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