<< Growing like Weeds
During Treaty talks in what is now British Columbia, representatives of the Crown gave gifts of European plants such as lilacs and rhubarb. They thought it would be good to give living things, but some of these presents turned out to be a very bad idea. Plants such as English ivy and Scotch broom quickly spread and smothered other plants that grew naturally in B.C. The European plants also didn’t provide food or a place to live for local animals, which had to look elsewhere for a home.