There is an excellent
historical article on North Quadra here,
on the Saanich website.
Ivy - Invasive Species (read more)
• Did you know that English ivy growing up the trunks of
trees acts as a sail in windstorms, and can lead to their
blowing over in a windstorm?
• That the attractive leaves ivy is planted for are juvenile
leaves, and that as the vine climb, it develops mature leaves
that causes flowering and seed set, leading to much subsequent
weeding of seedlings from all the inconvenient places they
subsequently pop up?
• That tangles of ivy are favored nesting sites for rats,
of which there is a large population in North Quadra thanks
to the food supply readily available in neighbourhood bird
• Long experience elsewhere [parks in Portland, Oregon]
has shown that the only control for ivy is cutting. The
leaves have a thick covering that repels pesticides, and
there is no chemical control that is effective.
• Ivy, like other evergreens, has an advantage in this mild
climate over deciduous plants that lose their leaves and
are dormant for part of the year, because it can grow whenever
light, temperature, and moisture conditions are favourable.
are anxious to pull together a history of the North Quadra
area. If you have any old photos, or stories of the
past, please send
them in! Material on the pioneers, such as Kenneth McKenzie,
George Rogers, the Vanalmans, the Chinese labourers that worked
on the farms or, particularly, anything on the First Nations
from before or after European contact would be appreciated.
an example - Roger's Farm on the north slope of Christmas
Hill was a well loved remnant of rural Saanich until its recent
development - but it is good to remember what
Hutchison, possibly the areas most famous resident, lived
most of his life on the land west of Quadra, between Rogers
and Lily Avenues. Much of the is land has recently been
developed, but an opportunity exists to preserve some of what
is left undeveloped. Please
read Vic Derman's article about Mr Hutchison and his land.