The original native plant garden was donated to the Oak Bay municipality in the 1930s. More recently, restoration efforts to reclaim the garden began in 2001. As well as a restored Garry oak meadow, the garden includes more than 120 plant species from all areas of lower Vancouver Island — many of which were salvaged from development lands. Volunteers meet Friday mornings (weather permitting). Partners include the Native Plant Study Group, the Municipality of Oak Bay Parks Department, the Friends of Oak Bay Native Plant Garden, the Canadian Wildlife Federation.