Oak Bay Native Plant Garden

 

Oak Bay Native Plant Garden is in the seaside community of Oak Bay, one of thirteen areas of the Capital Regional District of British Columbia. This landscaped quarter of an hectare contains a unique collection of locally grown plants in a nurtured setting.  A wood chip trail leads around the park. Stroll past Garry oak, pacific madrone, elderberry, dogwood and black hawthorn trees.   There is also a small pond complete with a trickling fountain with evergreen huckleberry, red flowering current, Oregon grape and mock orange shrubs. The undercover is beautiful with blooms from springtime flowering plants like camas, trillium and violets. Several ferns such as maiden hair, sword, licorice, oak and bracken might also be seen.   Benches are available in the parkland; the property was donated by Ada Beaven in memorial of her husband Hugo. The rose garden in Oak Bay has the same beneficiaries. The Beavens were both from influential and remarkable families during the early nine hundreds in the Oak Bay.

Geographic Location N48º 25’ 13”  W123º 18’ 1”

The Oak Bay Native Plant Garden can be reached from the Trans-Canada Highway. Continue along the Hwy 1 into Victoria as it becomes Douglas Street. Turn off Douglas onto Hillside Avenue to head east.  Stay on Hillside Avenue as it becomes Lansdowne Road. Continue along Lansdowne Road to reach Beach Drive. Continue along Beach Drive to reach Margate Street. The garden is across the road from the Oak Bay Beach Hotel.  To extend this into a walk, continue along beach Drive toward the Victoria Golf Course or to Turkey Head Walkway.  This park can be access by bus.

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