Someone planted 26 marijuana plants along the boulevard of Admirals Road in Saanich Sunday night

Guerrilla gardener landscapes Admirals Road with marijuana

Somebody with a sense of humour and a few marijuana plants to spare engaged in some guerrilla landscaping on Admirals Road

Somebody with a sense of humour and a few marijuana plants to spare engaged in some guerrilla landscaping on Admirals Road over the weekend.

This morning, crews working on the Saanich portion of Admirals found 26 small, neatly planted marijuana stalks in the earth of a new sidewalk boulevard, between Inlet and Rockwell roads.

Saanich parks manager Rae Roer said the pot plants were in paper bags, spaced about one metre apart. Saanich police did some reverse landscaping and have since seized the plants.

“It is very odd,” Roer said. “I never seen or heard of anything like this before … I guess it’s someone wanting to make a statement.”

Police aren’t sure when the pot was planted, although one reader told the News via Facebook he noticed them at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie said an officer confirmed the plants were indeed immature marijuana plants, between 12 and 16 inches high. If grown to maturity and sold at the gram level, each plant could have fetched about $900. It wasn’t clear if any stalks had been poached by the public between the weekend and Monday.

“The environmental conditions right now are ideal to grow (marijuana), although I certainly haven’t seen it along a public roadway, not in my experience,” Eassie said.

He said someone could have planted the pot as a joke, perhaps to protest the closing of Admirals Road for roadwork and bridgework, or as a political message. Whatever the reason, the landscaper risked arrest and charges.

That portion of the sidewalk has utilities below and will have grass planted in the boulevard – the legal kind.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Camosun College to produce more than 9,000 face shields for Island Health workers

An innovative new design will allow for mass production of face shields for use across Canada

VicPD reunites four-year-old boy with family after he snuck out a window

The boy was spotted wandering alone on Wednesday morning

COVID-19: More than 120,000 B.C. food service jobs lost, restaurants begin to shutter permanently

Restaurants Canada estimates $3 billion sales drop due to pandemic

‘We’re running out of options’: Victoria looks to other municipalities to help shelter homeless

Victoria Curling Club, Crystal Pool ruled out as options for the 250 people remaining outside

Black Press Media Victoria editor recognized as rising star in industry

Katherine Engqvist named to Editor & Publisher Magazine’s 25 Under 35

First Nations, remote communities need special attention in pandemic, Freeland says

Health-care workers, seniors, Indigenous Peoples some of people most at risk, health officials say

POLL: Will you be able to make your rent or mortgage payment this month?

With the COVID-19 delivering a devastating blow to the global economy, and… Continue reading

B.C. schools Zoom to online education amid COVID-19

K-12 educators will receive access this month, up to individual districts whether they use it or not

B.C. adding $300 to monthly income and disability assistance payments

‘Crisis supplement’ for COVID-19 for April, May and June

‘A matter of human decency’: Truckers’ union calls on gas stations, rest stops to fully re-open

Teamsters Canada wants feds, provinces to put pressure on facilities to re-open for transport workers

Hip tradition sing-along planned again for Canadians April 2

The Tragically Hip’s Paul Langlois is encouraging all to join him virtually in a’Porch Session.’

Migrant worker advocates blame feds, employers for COVID-19 outbreak at B.C. garden store

Migrant farm worker group calls on government for adequate health and safety requirements

‘There can be no ambiguity’: Travellers brought home to B.C. must self-isolate

Health Minister Adrian Dix said the mandatory isolation must be abided by

Most Read