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SUNDAY SERIES: Butterflies and Bees

June 10th 1-2:30p.m.

This FREE guided walk with Terena O’Hara and James Miskelly is for people interested in learning more about native bees and butterflies including how to identify them, what their needs are, and what you can do to help. Meet at the picnic tables outside the Haliburton Farmhouse at 741 Haliburton Road at 1pm.

This workshop is part of our Sunday Series, offering Free workshops on Sunday's through spring and summer. 

To learn more about pollinators before the walk visit Island Pollinator Initiative

SUNDAY SERIES: Native Grasses

June 3rd 9-10a.m.

Join Kristen Miskelly of Saanich Native Plants for a FREE workshop on native grasses. We'll be focusing on identification and ecology of the grasses. We will also practice identifying common non-native grasses. Meet at 9am in front of the farmhouse. Look for the yellow mailbox that marks the lane.

This is part of our Sunday Series, offering Free workshops on Sunday's through spring and summer. Meet at 741 Haliburton Road at 9am. FREE

Indigenous Foods Gathering 
"Our Foods, Our Waters, Our Power"
June 1-2, 2018 hosted by SȾÁUTW

Friday May 1st 11am-5:30pm. 25% of all sales is being donated to the Tsawout Community.

Spring Plant Sale!

May 12th 2018 10a.m.-2p.m.

Compost Education Centre

Come by the Saanich Native Plants table for native plants and seeds!

Ecology and Restoration of Garry Oak Ecosystems

Kristen Miskelly, James Miskelly, Leigh Joseph/Styawat

Join us in May for a 4-day workshop about Garry Oak Ecosystem Restoration

with Royal Roads University

May 19th, 20th, 26th 27th



For more info and registration click here


This course is for anyone interested in learning more about Garry Oak Ecosystems and how to enhance/restore them. In the classroom and field, we will study the ecology of southern Vancouver Island, plant identification, wildlife, restoration and enhancement, human history of our area, and more!  Numerous field trips to key sites will emphasize restoration techniques and identification. This course will provide a foundation for people working in Garry Oak Ecosystem land management, as well as landowners who would like to maintain or enhance habitat on their properties. 

Day 1: Leigh Joseph/Styawat, from the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) First Nations will be teaching about the cultural significance of Garry Oak Ecosystems, key food plants within GOE’s, and cultural and spiritual connection to the land through plants. Students who are part of this course are invited to a community Camas pitcook at SṈIDȻEȽ (Tod Inlet).

To learn more about Leigh visit

SUNDAY SERIES: Native Plant Walk

April 29th 9a.m.

James Miskelly will be leading a native plant walk through the nursery and native seed garden at Saanich Native Plants at 9am on Sunday. Come if you are interested in learning more about local plants and identifying them!

This is part of our Sunday Series, offering Free workshops on Sunday's through spring and summer. Meet at 741 Haliburton Road at 9am. FREE

Meadowscaping for Biodiversity 

Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

April 28, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Are you a homeowner or land manager interested in creating a native wildflower meadow in place of lawn or field? Join Kristen Miskelly of Saanich Native Plants to learn what you need to know to create a successful meadow, including which native species to use, how to prepare and plant your area, and how to keep it thriving for years to come.

HCP Members $45

Non-Members $60

To register, call 250 479 6162

Register here!

Sunday Series: Stinging Nettle

April 22nd 10-11am

Stinging Nettle is a fascinating plant with many uses. Beangka Elliott will share some of her expertise and knowledge about this fascinating plant and there will be stinging nettle tea for tasting! Bring rubber boots for a short walk to look at this plant growing.

This is part of our Sunday Series, offering Free workshops on Sunday's through spring and summer.

Meet at 741 Haliburton Road at 10am

Stinging Nettle,
Urtica dioica

Thank you to our supporters, partners, and customers! 

Please join us April 20th 4pm to 7pm at our nursery location to celebrate the 5th year anniversary of Saanich Native Plants

- Drinks and Snacks by Hoyne and Standard Pizza
- 10% off all plants 4-7pm
- Tours

741 Haliburton Road, Saanich, BC
Please RSVP to

Sunday Series:Welcoming Migrant and Resident Birds to Your Garden

FREE Workshops on Sunday's!
Sunday, April 15th 8am-9am

Join Saanich Native Plants staff member Julia Daly on a walk through Haliburton Community Organic Farm to look for early spring arrivals (e.g. Rufous hummingbird, swallows, warblers, flycatchers) and other amazing birds of southeastern Vancouver Island. We’ll explore how different native plants provide vital resources, including food, nesting materials and habitat to native bird species in our area. Bring binoculars if you have them.

This is part of our Sunday Series, offering Free workshops on Sunday's through spring and summer.

We'll meet 8:00 a.m. Sunday April 15th at 741 Haliburton Road

Natural Landscaping in the Victoria Area

Victoria Compost Education Centre

Saturday, April 14th 1-3pm

Register here!

Over the last 10,000 years Victoria’s dry climate and Indigenous land management activities have resulted in a unique array of plant species. Lucky for us, many of these are well-suited to home gardens and some are even drought-tolerant, deer-resistant, and edible! 

Participants will gain a better understanding of how gardening with native plants can help maintain local biodiversity, including the wildlife that depends on our native flora. This workshop will also give an overview of the great potential Victoria has in turning lawned areas to wildflower meadows. 

Hosted by the Compost Education Centre

Sunday Series: Black Cottonwood

FREE Native Plant Demo’s!
Sunday March 25th 10:30am @ Saanich Native Plants

Saanich Native Plants will be hosting a series of native plant demo’s over the spring and summer on Sunday’s. Join us Sunday March 25th at 10:30 for an introduction to Black Cottonwood (Populus trichocarpa ssp. trichocarpa) and its many uses with Beangka Elliott and Julia Daly.

Beangka Elliott brings experience with native plant restoration projects, including the SNIDCEL resiliency project and Project Reclaim: WSÁNEĆ youth food justice. With family ties in WSÁNEĆ and Songhees nations, Beangka incorporates cultural knowledge to her work with native plants. She has been teaching cultural/ethnobotanical classes to a wide range of groups, from youth as young as five to adults in post secondary education. Beangka has a keen interest in using native plants as food and medicine and practices this in daily life.

With Saanich Native Plants since 2018, Julia comes with experience in plant identification, species at risk management, ecological restoration and native plant gardening. Raised in Saanich, she has been passionate about plants, birds, wildlife and geography for as long as she can remember, and now shares these interests with her two young children. Julia looks forward to meeting you at the nursery and assisting with native plant selection and site planning on Sundays. Julia holds a B.Sc. in Geography (UVic 2012) and Diploma in Applied Coastal Ecology (Northwest Community College, Prince Rupert 2008)

Nature of the Native Plant Garden

Horticultural Centre of the Pacific

March 24, 2018 @ 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Native plants in home gardens are not only beautiful, but also a way to help maintain local biodiversity, promote positive human connections, and foster an appreciation of nature. Participants will learn about Victoria’s local ecology, including its abundance of unique plant species well-suited to home gardens, and the wildlife that depend on them. Edible, deer resistant, and drought tolerant species will be highlighted.

HCP Members $45

Non-Members $60

To register, call 250 479 6162

For more info and to register Click Here

Propagating and Growing Native Plants Workshop

FREE Workshop!

by The Victoria Seed Library


Greater Victoria Public Library

Thu, 22 March 2018

6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Join Kristen Miskelly of Saanich Native Plants for an in-depth look at propagating and growing native plants in the Capital Region. Kristen is the co-founder of Saanich Native Plants and has extensive experience in the region propagating and growing native plants in a variety of contexts. She'll discuss suitable plants in different locales and strategies for propagating and growing a wide variety of native plants.

Register Here!

The Story of Vancouver Island as Told by Plants

Floating Ideas Lecture- Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

March 12th 2018 with James Miskelly

The vegetation of southern Vancouver Island has been shaped by a variety of forces over the last ten thousand years.  Ice ages and warm spells have left behind a curious juxtaposition of species that seem to belong in the frozen north beside species that may be more at home in the southern deserts.  Landscape-scale management by Coast Salish civilizations over millennia has likewise left tell-tale signs in the plant community.  In the last two hundred years, vegetation has been altered at an unprecedented rate.  What do you see when you look at a forest, marsh, or meadow? What ancient stories do the plants tell?

Identify + Grow Native Plants | For Indigenous Community Members

Join Project Reclaim Youth at Saanich Native Plants Saturday, March 10th to learn how to identify, grow and use native plants from the WSÁNEĆ and Songhees/Lekwungen territory.

This event is open to all indigenous folks from the south island, although adults are encouraged to bring an indigenous youth along with them!

Please RSVP through this event, by text/call at 250-415-0201, or leave a comment that you will join us!

Food, Refreshments, Door Prizes and Transportation will be provided!

Contact: Beangka Elliott |

Victoria Seedy Saturday

Saturday, February 17th
10am- 3:30pm Victoria Conference Centre

This year we are partnering with the Native Plant Study Group for Victoria Seedy Saturday! Come to learn more about native plants, hear about some of the great speakers and activities put on by NPSG, and pick up a few plants or seeds. 10% of all plant and seed proceeds go to Native Plant Study Group Community Restoration Grant Fund!
We are bringing along some spring favorites like Great Camas, White Fawn-Lily, Broad-leaved Shootingstar, Western Trillium and more! Our packaged spring wildflower seed mixes can be sown now, and you can always trust that our wildflower seeds are true local natives that are from field grown plants without the use of herbicides, pesticides (including neonicotinoids of course), or chemical fertilizers.

Check out Next meeting Thursday February 15th

Become a Certified Pollinator Steward!

Pollinator Partnership Canada and Habitat Acquisition Trust

Become a Bee-Ambassador. Restore and manage your public or private land to benefit pollinators. Learn about bees and other pollinators, how to enhance populations, and engage others.

February 16th and 22nd

For more information email Lora:

Native Plants For Home Gardens and Wildflower Meadows

Victoria Horticultural Society

Tuesday February 6th 6:30p.m. -9 p.m.
Garth Homer Centre, 813 Darwin Avenue

Soil Workshop before the presentation with Michael Cowan from Edibella Organic Landscapes. Event starts at 6:30 and talk begins at 8p.m. Register here.

Are you interested in including native plants into your garden or starting a wildflower meadow? Join Kristen Miskelly of Saanich Native Plants to learn about the many native plants well suited to home gardens, the conditions they prefer, and planting tips. This talk will also give an overview of how to create a wildflower meadow from scratch and show you some examples of where this is already happening.  

Permaculture Design Program
Pacific Rim College

Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems - A new program being offered through Pacific Rim College! Staring January 2018.

A 1-year program that prepares graduates to be leaders in the field of  permaculture and sustainable food and medicine systems. Individuals wishing to learn more about Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems without enrolling in the full program are welcome. 

Join Saanich Native Plants for Botany and Plant Identification. Gain a better understanding of plant diversity in our region and hone your botanical skills including identification, terminology, and plant morphology.

Become a Certified Bee-Friendly Farmer!

Pollinator Partnership Canada and Habitat Acquisition Trust

Enhance biodiversity, reduce input costs, and increase yields. You will learn about managed and native bees, and other beneficial insects, and how to enhance habitat on your farm. Site visit and hands on mason and bumble bee home creation. Guides and other take-homes included. Co-hosted by Habitat Acquisition Trust, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Saanich Native Plants.

January 27th and 28th 2018

SPACE IS LIMITED! Tell us in ~100 words why you would like to enhance native bees or other beneficial insects on your farm and what you plan to do on your farm to create more habitat.

For more information or to send in your application, email Lora:


Interested in the Use of Native Seed in Meadow Restoration? Which plants to use? How and when to sow seed? And the need to dream BIG when it comes to restoration!? 

Native Seed in Meadow Restoration

A presentation for the 13th Annual Research Colloquium of the Garry Oak Ecosystems Recovery Team

Friday November 17th, 2017, 9am–4:30pm
University of Victoria, Cadboro Commons

Creating a Biodiverse Landscape

with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society 

Sunday, October 15th at 9 AM - 1 PM

Location: Dinter Nursery, 2205 Phipps Road, Duncan

Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society and Saanich Native Plants will be at Dinter Nursery to talk about how to make your own backyard a biodiverse landscape. We will be discussing using native plants in your garden, and talking about how to select, grow, and propagate these plants.

Treats and coffee!

Native Biodiversity Hedgerow Planting

with the Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society

Sunday, October 15th at 9 AM - 1 PM

Location: Somenos Marsh Conservation Area, Duncan

Do you like to get your hands dirty? Do you want to learn more about native plants and the benefits they provide? If yes, then you should come to this event! The Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society is teaming up with Saanich Native Plants to host this informative and fun work party.

Treats and coffee are on us!

Native Wildflower Seeding Event 

with Somenos Marsh Wildlife Society
Saturday September 9th 
Somenos Marsh Conservation Area

Join the SMWS and Saanich Native Plants in seeding native wildflowers at the Somenos Marsh Open Air Classroom. We are working on improving the biodiverstiy of the Somenos Marsh Conservation Area by removing exotic invasive plants and introducing native species that are adapted to the gravelly meadow habitat near the parking lot. (First pullout after Beverly Corners heading north on highway).

We will be preparing the site by raking and hand weeding then spreading a native wildflower mix that will germinate in the spring. We will also do a nature walk if time permits!

Please dress for the weather and bring water. 

We will provide tools, snacks and drinks. 

For more information or to RSVP please contact Elizabeth at or 250-884-0749.

Thanks to our funders at Environment and Climate Change Canada!!


October 20th-24th 9:00-4:30pm at Haliburton Farm (offering the program in four 5-day modules, one each for Fall, Winter, Spring and Summer.).

Several experts from Haliburton Farm, in partnership with Royal Roads University, have put together a special educational opportunity that starts this October. The Haliburton EcoFarm School teaches organic food growing along with how to restore and enhance biodiversity on Farmlands, as well as connections with human health. Learn fundamental skills and knowledge for growing crops plus local ecology and techniques for ecosystem enhancement that improve crop yield and native habitats.

Biologists from Saanich Native Plants will be teaching:
- Ecosystem Restoration and Enhancement
- Ecology of Southern Vancouver Island
- Making wildflower meadows for pollinator benefits to Farms
- Introduction to Indigenous Food Systems

Also learn from John-Bradley Williams (W̱SÁNEĆ and Ahousat Nation) about Plants, Foods, and Medicines of the Saanich Peninsula

EcoFarm Fall Fundamentals is now open for registration at:…/ecofarm-fall-fundamentals

Join Sunday, September 11th 11am to 1pm for the EcoFarm Information Session at 741 Haliburton Road…/haliburton-ecofarm-school/

Plants, Foods, and Medicines of the Saanich Peninsula

Join W̱SÁNEĆ and Ahousat Nation ethnobotanist, storyteller, and knowledge keeper John-Bradley Williams at Haliburton Farm on Sunday, July 23rd for a walk & talk focused on native plants, ecology, and traditional foods. We will be looking at plants within the Saanich Native Plants nursery as well as the Camas meadow, wetland, and forest at Haliburton Farm.

Haliburton Biodiversity Project
To register email

*BY DONATION* (suggested $10)

Sunday July 23rd 2017


Haliburton Community Organic Farm, 741 Haliburton Road

Lawn to Meadow - WORKSHOP

May 13th 2017
9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road, Victoria

with Kristen Miskelly

This workshop will provide practical advice on how to convert conventional lawn to meadow habitat using a variety of techniques. Kristen Miskelly, biologist and owner of Saanich Native Plants, will guide participants through developing a site plan, site preparation, planning materials, and maintenance. Participants will go home with some of the tools needed to embark on their own lawn to meadow restorations.

Members $45
Non-Members $60

To sign up: Please call 250 479 6162.

Parks Canada BioBlitz 2017 — Fort Rodd Hill & Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites

What do bats, birds, bees, butterflies, beetles and flies have in common? They are all pollinators! For this BioBlitz, we will be focusing our identification efforts on pollinators and the native plants that support them. What will YOU discover?

When? 24-hours, from 4 pm Friday, May 12 to 4 pm Saturday, May 13 2017

Where? Fort Rodd Hill and Fisgard Lighthouse National Historic Sites, 603 Fort Rodd Hill Rd, Victoria, BC

What is a BioBlitz? A race against the clock to find and identify as many plants and animals as we can in 24-hours. This gives us a better idea of regional biodiversity and helps you learn more about local species and the roles they play in ecosystems.

Saanich Native Plants will have plants available at the event and leading pollinator walks!

The exquisite Garry Oak Learning Meadow at Fort Rodd Hill

Ecology and Restoration of Garry Oak Ecosystems

April 29th, April 30th, May 6th
Royal Roads University, Continuing Studies

Facilitators: Kristen and James Miskelly

Registration Open

Garry oak ecosystems are among the most endangered habitats in Canada – reduced to less than 5% of their original range. Remaining areas are often degraded by invasive species and other stressors. Restoration can aid the recovery of these special places and provide a pathway for positive connections between nature and human communities. This course examines the ecology, plant identification, plants, and natural history of Garry oak ecosystems. You’ll learn field-tested practical techniques for enhancing degraded areas and methods for converting fields and lawns to native meadow. Field trips included.

Nature of the Native Plant Garden - WORKSHOP

April 8th 2017 THIS SATURDAY!
Horticultural Centre of the Pacific, 505 Quayle Road, Victoria

with Kristen Miskelly

Many people are interested in environmentally friendly and low maintenance gardens that will attract birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to their garden. By gardening with native plants, you can bring the beauty of southern Vancouver Island into your own backyard while also providing numerous other benefits.

Kristen Miskelly, biologist and owner of Saanich Native Plants, will provide information on our local ecology, caring for and maintaining a native plant garden, native plant identification, propagation techniques, and benefits of native plants to wildlife.

Special emphasis will be placed on the use of edible, deer resistant and drought tolerant species.

$45 HCP Members
$60 Non Members

To sign up: Please call 250 479 6162.

Growing Native Plants from Seed

Join Saanich Native Plants with the Victoria Seed Library for learning how to grow native plants from seed! Native species typically have a different set of needs than those of conventional garden and vegetable species – come learn what they are! This free workshop will be a practical first step to learning how to identify, collect, and propagate native species from seed. Species that can be used for food production will be highlighted. Native seeds will be available for taking home!

Tuesday, April 4th 7:00 p.m.
Greater Victoria Public Library

Register at (link under 'tickets') or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. Registration begins February 27.

Haliburton EcoFarm School

Openhouse this Saturday 12pm-2pm!
Program begins March 24th

Have you checked out the new Haliburton EcoFarm School?! 
Certified organic farming methods, ecosystem restoration & biodiversity, and holistic nutrition.
Lead Instructors: Elmarie Roberts, Kristen Miskelly, Rhona McAdam

This extensive organic farming program includes native plant identification, propagation, restoration, biodiversity, pollinators, natural history and more! Students will explore native food plants and will learn from guest experts in understanding traditional foods and the role of traditional ecological knowledge in our modern food systems. A range of topics will be covered by guest experts including Dr. Purnima Govindarajulu, Jared Williams (Cowichan Tribes), Andy MacKinnon, John Williams, Earl Claxton Jr. (Tsawout Nation), Paige Erickson-McGee, Dr. Lora Morandin, Dr. Richard Hebda, and Leigh Joseph (Squamish Nation)! Numerous fieldtrips including Cowichan Garry Preserve and Mt. Tzouhalem Ecological Reserve. 

Please be sure to check out the EcoFarm webpage 
or contact Ann Eastman, the Program Coordinator, for more information at

Enhancing Biodiversity with Native Plants
- A Presentation for the Mill Bay Garden Club

Small spaces can be reservoirs of biodiversity, including home gardens. Join Saanich Native Plants with the Mill Bay Garden Club for a presentation about Enhancing Biodiversity with Native Plants in Home Gardens. We’ll be discussing local ecology, wildlife and what we can do to help in our own spaces using native plants. We’re bringing some plants along!

When: Tuesday Nov. 22 2016 
Doors: 6:30; Talk: 7:45

Where: Mill Bay Community League Hall, 1001 Shawnigan-Mill Bay Rd

To learn more about the Mill Bay Garden Club or to join visit

Rain Garden Design Workshops 

Join Saanich Native Plants to learn about the diversity of plants that can be used in raingardens around Victoria. We will discuss species options, comparisons of raingardens to natural wetlands, and wildlife/habitat values.

Where: Fernwood Community Centre
When: Tuesday, October 25th
Time: 6:30-8:30p.m.
Cost: $30
To register, call 250-381-1552 x100

This is the last session of a four-part workshop all about rain garden design in partnership with Tempest Rainwater and Thrive Gardens.

Henderson's Checkermallow (Sidalcea hendersonii)- one of many suitable native species suitable for local raingardens that are often overlooked

The Native Plant Study Group Presents....

Trials and Tribulations of Cooking with Native Plants

with Kristen Miskelly & Paige Erickson-McGee

Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7pm

Kristen and Paige will bring their shared passion for native plants, delicious food, and enjoying it all with friends. From berries to clover rhizomes to seeds, they will share their successes (and flops) of collecting, growing, preparing, preserving, and eating native plant foods. They may even bring some delicious samples along to share.

UVic, MacLaurin Bldg, Rm D-116
Non member drop-in fee: $5. Students: FREE.
Remember $2.50 for parking at UVic.

Growing Native Plants From Seed

Come learn how to identify, collect, and propagate native species from seed!

Growing native plants from seed can help enhance biodiversity, and can also be a terrific source of food for people. Native species typically have a different set of needs than those of conventional garden and vegetable species. This free workshop will be a practical first step to learning how to identify, collect, and propagate native species from seed. Species that can be used for food production will be highlighted. Native seeds will be available for taking home!

Register at or call 250-940-GVPL (4875) for more information. Registration begins September 6. Presented in partnership with LifeCycles ( and the Greater Victoria Public Library.

The Compost Education Centre Spring Plant Sale is less than a week away! We'll be there  with our native plants and seeds!

May 7th, 10am to 2pm
1216 North Park Street

Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 12th   10 AM-3 PM

Cobble Hill Hall 3550 Watson Ave, Cobble Hill, BC

Gardening with Native Plants

Master Gardener's Workshop

Registration Required
Saturday November 14th.
Room D114, Maclaurin Building, UVic

Saanich Native Plants:  “The Nature of the Native Plant Garden: Restoration Techniques and Ecological Benefits”

In Bloom Wildflower Festival

Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve

Saturday, May 9, 2015
10:00am–2:00 pm

Calling all nature lovers, native plant gardeners and curious ecologists of all ages!

Come and experience the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve at the height of its beauty at this family friendly nature festival. This year's In Bloom Wildflower Festival promises to be a fun-filled day of hands-on discovery and community fun

Camus painting, detail by Colin Elder

Detail of a camas painting by Colin Elder.

Metchosin Talk and Walk

Using Native Plants in Your Home Garden

Friday April 17   7:00 pm

4450 Happy Valley Road, Metchosin BC

Kristen and James Miskelly will be here to talk about which native plants to use in your home garden, and
about the benefits of doing so! They started a native plant nursery in 2013, and will share some highlights from the
past couple of years. Kristen and James are both biologists passionate about local ecosystems, restoration,
conservation, and native plants, of course! James works mostly with rare species, ecological restoration, and ento-
mology. Kristen is the nursery manager and lead grower and also works as a contract botanist.

Cowichan Valley Garden Club

Wednesday April 8   7:00 pm

486 Jubilee Road, Duncan 

We'll be talking about the use of native plants in home gardens, including growing techniques, selecting appropriate plants for your site, and plants that will encourage pollinators and other wildlife.

Cobble Hill Seedy Saturday

Saturday March 14

A great way to kickstart spring! We'll be at this event with our native plants and seeds. Check out our plant list in case there is something specific you would like us to bring along.

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