Community Gardens

Community gardens enable Victoria residents to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers, and enhance local food security.

Community Gardens and Community Orchards in VictoriaWark Street Community Garden

 The development of community gardens is supported by way of our Community Gardens Policy which encourages local non-profit organizations to establish community gardens on public or private lands.We have Commons Gardens, Allotment Gardens and Community Orchards in Victoria.


Commons Gardens – This is a garden plot, on public or private land, where community volunteers produce food, flowers, edible berries and food perennials.  All residents are free to harvest these products.

Allotment Gardens – This is a garden plot, on public or private land, operated by member gardeners that is used to produce food, flowers and ornamental  plants, edible berries and food perennials.  The food that is produced is mainly for the use of gardeners.

Community Orchard – This is a grove of fruit or nut trees in a public park where a community group participates in the care, maintenance and harvesting of trees. The food that is produced is then shared with the community.

Below is a list of the community and allotment gardens in Victoria.

Commons Gardens

Banfield Commons and Vic West Community Tea Garden
c/o Victoria West Community Centre
Email: vicwestgarden@yahoo.ca
Location: Banfield Park

Fairfield Community Garden
Contact: Joan Kotarski
Phone: 250.382.4604
Phone: executivedirector@fairfieldcommunity.ca
Location: Robert Porter Park

 

Spring Ridge Commons
Contact: Linda Chan
Phone: 250.380.6383
Email: springridgecommons@gmail.com
Website: http://sc.conscious-choices.ca/
Location: Corner of Chambers and Gladstone

Wark Street Garden
Contact: Jackie Robson
Email: uharvest@blanshardcc.com
Location: Wark Street Park between Bay and Kings

Allotment Gardens

Burnside Allotment Garden
c/o Burnside Gorge Community Association
Contact:  Rachel O'Neill
Email:
rachel@burnsidegorge.ca
Phone: 250.388.5251
Location: Cecelia Ravine Park (Napier Lane and Burnside Road East)

Earthbound Community Garden
Fernwood Community Association
Phone: 250.384.7441
Email: office@fernwoodvic.ca
Location: Garden Street, north of Bay Street

Fernwood Allotment Garden
Fernwood Community Association
Phone: 250.384.7441
Email: office@fernwoodvic.ca
Location: Chambers and North Park

James Bay Allotment Garden
Contact: Rilla Ballantyne, Membership Coordinator
Email: rillab@shaw.ca
Location: Montreal Street between Oswego and Niagara

Michigan Street Community Garden
Contact:: Cathi Bashi
Phone: 250.382.0477
Email: cebashi@gmail.com
Location: Corner of Michigan and Menzies

Rayn or Shine Community Garden
c/o Victoria West Community Centre
Email: vicwestgarden@yahoo.ca
Location: Corner of Craigflower and Raynor

Community Orchards (to be planted in 2013)

Banfield Park Orchard
c/o Victoria West Community Centre
Email: vicwestgarden@yahoo.ca
Location: Banfield Park

Fernwood Community Orchard
c/o Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
Email: info@fernwoodnrg.ca
Location: Stevenson Park

Community Gardens Policy

The Community Garden Policy defines community gardens as a plot of land where community volunteers from a non-profit society produce food, flowers, native and ornamental plants, edible berries and food perennials on public and private lands. To learn more on how to develop a community garden in your neighbourhood, please see the policy below.

Click here to read more about the Community Gardens Policy [PDF - 117 KB]

Community Orchard Pilot Program

The City is partnering with the Victoria West Community Association and the Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group (FNRG) to establish two Community Orchards. The pilot program will demonstrate new ways of growing food in the City of Victoria in visible, public places. City Parks staff will purchase the trees, install and maintain irrigation and mow the lawn around the Community Orchard trees during regular park maintenance. Learn more.

The Kitchen Garden Project

The City of Victoria is partnering with the Fernwood Community Centre to transform the centre's 1800 square foot front decorative garden beds that are currently maintained by City staff, into edible food gardens that will be managed by the FNRG. The gardens will be used to educate, inspire and supplement some of the 700 snacks and meals that the centre provides to program participants each week. This is the first phase of the FNRG's long-term vision to establish the Fernwood Community Centre as a community hub for food programs and demonstration projects. Learn more

Boulevard Gardening

In the summer of 2014, interim boulevard gardening guidelines were created to help beginners and experts garden on City of Victoria boulevards more confidently and responsibly.  Once a comprehensive boulevard review is completed, final guidelines will be introduced in 2016. 

What is a boulevard garden?

Generally speaking, boulevards are the grassy strip of land between a property and the street and are owned by the City.  The majority of boulevards have grass and trees between the sidewalk and the curb. 

Why consider a boulevard garden?

Boulevard gardens can create more beautiful, interesting and diverse streets, add character to neighbourhoods and increase feelings of community pride. They can also support environmental benefits such as increasing ecological diversity and providing bird, butterfly and pollinator habitats.  Working on the boulevard can bloom into community building, traffic calming, and healthier living.  Edible plants can improve the availability of fresh, local, and sustainable food sources.

Who can create a boulevard garden?

Property owners can create gardens on boulevards immediately adjacent to their property.  They can also give tenants or other groups permission to garden in these spaces. 

What’s included in the guidelines?

The guidelines outline the safety, accessibility, maintenance, and aesthetic elements that should be considered and also the legal responsibilities of managing a specific area of the boulevard. 

 

 

To learn more about what we're doing to get things growing in Victoria click here.