Community Gardens

Community gardens enable residents to grow their own vegetables, fruit and flowers, while building neighbourhoods.

Community gardening is a valuable recreation activity that contributes to health and well-being, positive social interaction, neighbourhood building, food production, environmental education, habitat development, and connection to nature.

The City has three different types of community gardens:

  1. Commons Gardens are maintained by community volunteers and can be harvested by all residents.
  2. Allotment Gardens have individual garden plots that are maintained and harvested by individual gardeners.
  3. Community Orchards are groves of fruit or nut trees in a public park. A community group participates in the care, maintenance, and harvesting of the trees, and the harvest is shared with the local community.


Community gardens are plots of land on public and private lands gardened by members of the community, in partnership with a non-profit organization. Community gardening activities include the production of food plants, native and ornamental plants, pollinator gardens, permaculture projects, fruit and nut trees, demonstration farming, and other edible and floral landscapes.

If you’re interested in starting a community garden in your neighbourhood, please:

If you have any questions, please contact 250.361.0600 or We can help you determine whether the site you’ve selected is appropriate for community gardening, and guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your application.


If you are interested in joining one of the many existing community gardens in Victoria, please use the contacts below.

Common Gardens in Victoria

Banfield Commons and Vic West Community Tea Garden
Contact: Victoria West Food Security Collective
Location: Banfield Park

Fairfield Community Garden
Contact: Vanya McDonell
Phone: 250.382.4604
Location: Robert Porter Park

Spring Ridge Commons
Contact: Linda Chan
Phone: 250.380.6383
Location: Corner of Chambers and Gladstone

Wark Street Garden
Contact: Jackie Robson/Rowena Locklin
Location: Wark Street Park, between Bay and Kings

Allotment Gardens in Victoria

Burnside Allotment Garden
Burnside Gorge Community Association
Contact:  Rachel O'Neill
Phone: 250.388.5251
Location: Cecelia Ravine Park (Napier Lane and Burnside Road East)

Earthbound Community Garden
Fernwood Community Association
Phone: 250.384.7441
Location: Garden Street, north of Bay Street

Fernwood Allotment Garden
Fernwood Community Association
Phone: 250.384.7441
Location: Chambers and North Park

James Bay Allotment Garden
James Bay Garden Association
Location: Montreal Street, between Simcoe and Niagara

Neighbourhood Garden of All Sorts
Contact: Mary Lynne Rimer
Location: Macdonald Park, Niagara Street frontage

Rayn or Shine Community Garden
Victoria West Food Security Collective
Location: Corner of Craigflower and Raynor 

Community Orchards in Victoria

Banfield Park Orchard
Victoria West Food Security Collective
Location: Banfield Park

Fernwood Community Orchard
Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
Location: William Stevenson Memorial Park


Learn more about the other ways we are ‘Growing in the City’, including Boulevard Gardening, Urban Food Tree Stewardship, and Commercial Urban Food Production