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:
- Commons Gardens are maintained by community volunteers and can be harvested by all residents
- Allotment Gardens have individual garden plots that are maintained and harvested by individual gardeners
- Community Orchards are groves of fruit or nut trees in a public park where a community group participates in the care, maintenance, and harvesting of the trees, and the harvest is shared with the local community
Start a Garden
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.
To help gardeners find gardening sites, the City developed a land inventory identifying City-owned land with community gardening potential. You can view this inventory on the Community Gardens Feature Map on VicMap.
A PDF version can also be downloaded here.
Sites not included in the inventory are not automatically excluded from hosting community gardening activities. All sites are also subject to public consultation and Council approval.
If you are interested in starting a community garden in your neighbourhood, please:
- Review the Community Gardens Policy
- Complete and submit an Expression of Interest, which is due by June 1 annually
If you are interested in learning more about building a community garden in Victoria, read our guides:
- Building a Community Garden in Your Neighbourhood
- Guidelines for Projects in Parks (learn more about the My Great Neighbourhood Grant program)
If you have any questions, please contact 250.361.0600 or email@example.com. We can help you determine whether the site selected is appropriate for community gardening, and guide you through the process of preparing and submitting your application.
Join a Garden
If you are interested in joining one of the many existing community gardens in Victoria, please use the contacts listed here. Also check out the Community Gardens Feature Map on VicMap to see where these gardens are located.
Growing in the City Grants
Learn more about the various City grants that support community-led urban agriculture programs and activities, including community gardening, boulevard gardening, food tree stewardship and the City’s seedling and garden material distribution program, Get Growing, Victoria!
The Food Eco District has developed a guide for starting community gardens in Greater Victoria and beyond. View it here.
The Public Health Association of B.C.'s Can You Dig It program has developed a toolkit in partnership with the City of Victoria to foster greater accessibility in community gardens. The toolkit explores how universal design principles can be applied to the physical, built environment in community gardens and provides an easy-to-use guide for garden coordinators to develop physically accessible gardens. To learn more, view the toolkit here.
Learn more about the other ways you can garden and grow food, including Boulevard Gardening, Food Tree Stewardship and Commercial Food Production.