Garry Oaks on Vancouver Island

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In late March my husband, Barry, and I explored the southern half of Vancouver Island, B.C., where Garry oaks are a prominent part of the landscape. We saw lovely native wildflowers blooming among the oak groves, hilltop vistas where Garry oak preserves are maintained, and the gargantuan grandfather oaks of the Cowichan Valley. Some of those beautiful oaks are hundreds of years old! We are indebted to Jay Ristogi of Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, and Roger Wiles of the Cowichan Garry Oak Preserve for sharing their knowledge and time so generously with us. The folks on Vancouver Island are leading the way for us in their care of Garry oak ecosystems. Check out our new webpage featuring many photos taken on Vancouver Island by clicking on the “Learn About Oaks” tab and scrolling down to find “Garry Oak Wildflowers and Associated Plants.”

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