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Saanich Native Plants is working hard towards providing resources for the public. Refer back for an ever expanding list of resources. If there is something you would like to see please let us know!

Join the Saanich Native Plants Restoration Group on Facebook for discussion on restoration techniques, plant identification, planting choices, site preparation, planting for wildlife and more.


This 10-part series covers the why and how of supporting pollinators through habitat creation  and maintenance, outreach, and citizen science. Discover why bees and other pollinators are so important, common misconceptions that are hindering conservation, how to create and maintain habitat (with specific information for Vancouver Island and the Gulf Islands), how to maximize benefits through outreach and education, and how to observe and monitor pollinators.
In Partnership with Island Pollinator Initiative, Habitat Acquisition Trust, and Parks Canada

Plant Lists

It's important to choose the right plants for the right spot whether it's a garden project or something larger. Let these lists help guide your plant selection. If you need more help please contact us or consider a consultation.

Saanich Native Plants, Pollinator Partnership Canada, and Habitat Acquisition Trust have been working together on resources!

Have a look at our new Designing and Planting Hedgerows guidelines

Native hedgerow along the native seed production fields at Saanich Native Plants, Haliburton Farm   


For butterfly facts, recommended nectar plants, planting for butterflies and more see our handout "Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden"

Did you know that Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica) is one of the most butterfly-friendly plants of our region. The five butterflies above all lay eggs on stinging nettle and three of these butterflies only* lay their eggs on Stinging Nettle. From bottom left to top right: Westcoast Lady, Satyr Anglewing*, Red Admiral*, Painted Lady, Milbert's Tortioseshell*


For information about plants that will attract a variety of pollinators including bees and other insects consult our Inviting Pollinators for Your Garden handout

Hover Fly on Woolly Sunflower (Eriophyllum lanatum)

These ecoregional guides help land owners and land managers select plants for pollinators specific to their region. Saanich Native Plants had the honour of helping with the planting suggestions outlined in this guide.

Saanich Native Plants is a certified pollinator steward!


Consult our Seeding Instructions handout for information about growing native plants from seed

Download Instructions for Planting From Pot!

Download our brochure

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