Called "Garryana," or "Garry oak
" for short, the species Quercus garryana is a "manifestation of provenance," Hofmann says--one of many intellectual distillations he has at the ready.
Remember too that using native plants helps retain the unique flavor of the area; white oak trees and spreading dogbane evoke the singular place "Toronto" while Garry oak
and arbutus proclaim "Victoria" The marvelous old-growth olive trees at Gethsemane that I saw last winter somehow combine the gnarled quality of ancient bristlecone pines with centuries of careful cultivation; they are utterly biblical and completely Jerusalem, being native to the area.
THE WILDFLOWERS, butterflies and gnarly trees that characterize Garry oak
habitat are feeling the strain of the hordes of people flooding Southwestern BC's temperate climate.
In drier areas of the Pacific; Northwest, consider adding Garry oak
and western hemlock to street and riparian plantings, underplanted with Pacific dogwood, blue elderberry, and moose-wood viburnum when appropriate.
Knowing that the children's awareness and understanding of climate change would vary from group to group, I brought with me a children's storybook that I co-authored, Sara's Sunflower, which features the Cowichan Nation's dialect, Hul'qumi'num, and Garry Oak
The November AGM was in the Garry Oak
Room of the Sir James Douglas Elementary School.
San Juan Island encompasses a diverse range of ecosystems, from semiarid grasslands to forests dense with Douglas fir, to dry and rocky slopes with stands of Garry oak
. Wildflowers decorate grassy knolls and sweeping hillsides, and the beaches offer a mix of sand and gravel and rugged shoreline.
Using the natural landscape of rock and Garry oak
meadow, and combining this with their love of Asian themes, the Abkhazis designed a garden that is extraordinary in its depth and vistas.
Caves and caverns abound, providing an appealing contrast to the inland that is studded with Douglas Fir, arbutus, Garry Oak
and dogwood trees.
This land makes up one tenth of the island, and it is home to the largest remaining Garry Oak
woodland in Canada as well as rare animals, insects and plants.
started logging old-growth Douglas fir and Garry oak
on Saltspring Island in November 1999, field naturalist Briony Penn and others protested that the togging was "denuding" the land and disrupting endangered ecosystems.