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:

  • 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.

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

If you are interested in learning more about building a community garden in Victoria, read our guides:

If you have any questions, please contact 250.361.0600 or 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

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! 

Other Resources

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 how the community can steward trees, get involved in harvesting fruit trees with the Lifecycles Project, and get tree planting resources and grants in this National Tree Day webinar.

Learn more about the other ways you can garden and grow food, including Boulevard Gardening, Food Tree Stewardship and Commercial Food Production.