The wetlands pond garden was first conceived back in 2010, when that far corner of the garden was full of alders, salmon berry, nettles, stink weed and an old cattle drinking water hole. In 2012 we received a grant of $3500 from the District of Sooke to create this wetlands pond garden. The large pond, clay lined, was excavated in September of 2012 by Jasmine Excavating. Jasmine landscaped a beautiful pond garden. In November of 2012 Camosun’s horticulture students along with SRG volunteers planted the first native plants to create a habitat that would support all kinds of pond life. Plants and shrubs have been added season by season to create a rich habitat. A generous grant from TD Friends of the Environment and donations from friends of the SRG has supported this special place.2014 saw the Native Wetland Garden looking more established, many of the shrubs and plants are beginning to mature. With weeding and watering this past summer the garden is an attraction for many visitors. In March rainbow trout were added to the pond, and in October more trees were planted along the rear pond path fence.Read what renowned ethnobotanist, Nancy Turner said about our wetlands:Stop and observe the essence of life here. Sunlight and water are the driving forces of this precious, diverse ecosystem, and everything is interconnected. This garden is a microcosm of the living earth – one in which we humans are active participants. Look closely. How many shapes, how many colours, how many different sounds, and how many fragrances can you detect? What plants can you see that we humans use for food, for medicine or in some other way. What about the other animal life? The dragonflies, the water boatmen, the frogs, the snakes, the rainbow trout, the redwing blackbirds, the swallows and the ducks? Each one has a special place here, a special role to play. All of these plants and all of these creatures share with us the need for sunlight, rain, wind, food. If we make sure they have what they need, they, in turn will look after us.