Saanich’s sub-Mediterranean climate is an ideal location for tropical and Mediterranean flora – Saanich News
The fact that southern Vancouver Island is located in a temperate, sub-Mediterranean climatic zone might come as a surprise to many residents of Greater Victoria, according to Andrew Duffels, one of Saanich’s staff horticulturalists dedicated to maintenance and to the cultivation of the luxuriant garden around the town hall.
Victoria is one of the mildest climates in Canada, Duffels explained, resulting in ideal growing climates for a variety of Mediterranean and tropical plants, flowers, shrubs and trees.
The southern part of the island also has the ability to grow tropical flowers, such as hibiscus, its genus name being hibiscus syriacus.
Other tropical and Mediterranean plants are cultivated in Saanich, such as pink silk tree, canna lilies, alocasia or elephant ear, tree fern and many more.
Kirsten Longbottom, park worker and Red Seal horticulturalist, said she loves living in a climate where she can work outdoors all year round. “It’s so good for your sanity.”
Longbottom and Duffels encourage residents to stop by the Town Hall to admire the lush greenery and vivid tropical flowers before this year’s first frost.
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