Rae Roer, senior manager with the Saanich parks department, said he received a cryptic email over the weekend that alluded to some rogue plantings near the Admirals Road bridge project. On Monday, his department checked on the new soil bed.
"The topsoil had just been put down in the newly created boulevard area, and somebody beat us to the punch in terms of the landscaping," he said.
Saanich police Sgt. Steve Eassie said officers have not yet been able to find any witnesses who saw the budding green thumb — or thumbs — at work.
"It's not known why they were planted in that area," Eassie said. "We obviously believe it may have just been a joke, perhaps maybe just to see how long they would last."
The pot plot didn't last long. Police removed the plants right away on Monday, and will pursue charges if a suspect is identified.
"Saanich does support environmental movements and we do try and be quite green in our approach to things, but this isn't the kind of green that we were looking for," Eassie said.
Roer said although the municipality's plan is still to plant grass along the boulevard, it will be of the lawn variety.