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 guide:
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.
Community Garden Start-Up Grants are available to eligible organizations to support in the design, planning, engagement and build of new community gardens in the City of Victoria. The various types of community gardens and eligible activities are defined in the Community Garden Policy.
City micro-grants, up to a maximum of $500, are awarded to cover supplies needed for food production in community gardens.
Growing in the City Volunteer Coordinator Grants are available to any neighbourhoods that manage and maintain community gardens as defined in the City’s Community Garden Policy. Eligible programs also include community growing projects such as the Urban Food Tree Stewardship Program and community boulevard gardening. The grants are intended to provide funding for a person to conduct outreach and coordinate volunteers and to promote educational growing opportunities for the community.
My Great Neighbourhood Grants support citizen-initiated projects that animate underused community spaces to create gathering spots that bring people together.
The Food Eco District has developed a guide for starting community gardens in Greater Victoria and beyond. You can download it here.
Learn more about the other ways you can garden and grow food, including Boulevard Gardening, Food Tree Stewardship and Commercial Food Production.