Acorn Award July 2009: It is our pleasure to present an Acorn Award to volunteer Patricia Boyle. In addition to serving as a GOERT member, she lends her considerable expertise and enthusiasm to two of our restoration working groups: the Native Plant Propagation Steering Committee and the Invasive Species Steering Committee.
Pat brings a wealth of experience and unflagging enthusiasm for Garry oak ecosystem conservation to our team. Her positive energy is a catalyst for action, and her wisdom helps us develop effective solutions. She has contributed to GOERT in innumerable ways over the years and helped us work through many challenges. She has served on the GOERT executive, contributed to, reviewed and edited countless published materials, and been one of the most stalwart, long-standing members of GOERT.
Although Pat has been a keen gardener for twenty years, her interest in native plant gardening began when she and husband Neil built their house on Gonzales Bay in 2000. Pat researched, consulted resources, and poured her energy into creating a native plant garden of astounding beauty and variety. The garden has been toured by hundreds of people and was featured in the April 2007 issue of House and Home magazine. It features Saskatoon, Indian-plum, Oregon-grape, Garry oak trees, western crabapple, red-osier dogwood, woolly sunflower, coastal strawberry, snowbush, oceanspray, mock-orange, kinnikinnick, snowberry, sedum, western hawthorn, hairy manzanita, common juniper, native grasses and bulbs. She has also created a small Garry oak restoration area on the east side of the property, beside the walkway to Gonzales Beach, which can be viewed from the sidewalk along Crescent Road (see Gonzales Bay Native Plant Garden). READ MORE →