Bioregion


Orcas Island is located in the center of the San Juan Archipelago in Northwestern Washington State, USA. These islands are in the rain-shadow of the Olympic Mountains and have lakes, marshes, and fertile valleys. This gives us a climate very conducive to horticulture.

Orcas Island
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Being of a maritime, Mediterranean climate this area is known to be the northern most extension of the California climate zone and is locally considered a banana belt.

USDA Plant Hardiness Zone: 7B
Sunset Zone: 5
AHS Heat Zone: 1
Climate data for Olga, WA (on the Eastern end of Orcas Island) is available from the Western Regional Climate Data Center. Comparatively Deer Harbor tends to be somewhat drier and sunnier.

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