Sunday, March 28, 2010

Palm Sunday in Victoria

Yes we do have palm trees in Victoria. The city enjoys a somewhat Mediterranean climate which suits these hardy "Windmill" palm trees very well.

The city has planted palms (typically Trachycarpus Wagnerianus) in various locations in Victoria in the belief that it is nice for tourists that, when they are taking pictures of Victoria, there is 
some kind of exotic plant around. That way they could say: "I was in Victoria and look, it's so warm here 
that they have palm trees."

But no everyone is happy about promoting the city that way. Many residents feel that it would be better if people 
could appreciate and enjoy our own, wonderful, native species rather than try to bring other 
peoples' backyards to our region.

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