Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines Now Available

The Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines have been designed 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.


What to do if you’re considering a Boulevard Garden:

  • Review the Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines
  • Call before you dig:  Call BC One Call at 1.800.474.6886 to check to see if there are any utility lines under the boulevard.  Also call the Engineering and Public Works Department at 250.361.0313 to see if there are sewer, stormwater or water lines in your area.
  • Dig with care: Use hand tools only and follow the directions from the utility companies.

If you have questions, concerns and comments regarding the Interim Boulevard Gardening Guidelines or suggestions for longer-term boulevard initiatives, please email parks@victoria.ca.

To learn more about who can create boulevard gardens and to read the guidelines click here.