Fawn Lily Gardens is a small native plant nursery on Salt Spring Island in British Columbia, Canada. Since 1986, we've been growing our favourite native bulbs, spring ephemerals, and drought-resistant plants with lots of attention and affection. For many years these were sold at the Salt Spring Island Saturday Market. But the Covid pandemic (and semi-retirement) changed how we work, and we now sell seeds & bulbs online and plants by appointment.
This website is just getting started. In the future there will be more photographs and much more information! Thank-you for your patience. Please look at our pages to see what we offer!
Primula hendersonii Shooting Stars (was Dodecatheon hendersonii) blossoming in April
The nursery began when we first grew the seeds of the (deeply loved) Fawn lily, Erythronium oregonum. The first seeds came from broken seed-heads on a roadside -- where some serious ditch-work was about to scrape them away.
Those seeds grew and flowered. Over the years we added a few seeds from Retreat Island for genetic diversity. The Garden now has thousands of "Ery-o" plants, and we've shared and spread hundreds of seeds to places we hoped they would grow (and they have).
Erythronium oregonum blossoming in the garden in April