Victoria is home to a rare ecosystem called the Garry Oak Meadow. At one point these lovely areas dominated the southern end of Vancouver Island. Now there are only a few spots left, high on hilltops around this area. Garry Oaks are a specific type of oak tree native to Southern Vancouver Island. They are gnarled and twisted and beautiful.
But what makes them extra special is the growth beneath them--a mass of wildflowers and brilliant green leaves. In April we see the Satin flower and the Avalanche Lily but later the whole meadow fills us with most beautiful blue of the Camas Flower. (Check back here in May for photos of that.)
A lot of the Garry Oaks in the parks are getting old now and starting to die. In some areas the Parks Department is replanting these beautiful trees, although it will take many years for them to become mature.
If you're interested, you can read more about Garry Oak meadows here.