Get Growing, Victoria!

The award-winning Get Growing, Victoria! program supports communities in need through partnerships with non-profit organizations. The City of Victoria program helps distribute seedlings and soil-building materials to residents who face barriers to growing their own food. 

Partner organizations support communities through their programs. Programs include horticultural therapy, gardening and food access programs for community kitchens that support people with disabilities.

About the Program

The seedlings are grown in the City nursery in Beacon Hill Park and distributed in partnership with community organizations. The program has been in operation since 2020. Each year, the City distributed 100,000 seedlings in partnership with 67 organizations, and delivers over 700 cubic yards of soil-building materials. 

 

For more information about each seedling variety and tips for seedling care, visit Get Growing Victoria! | Growing Together



Download the 2024 Get Growing! Victoria poster here.

Spring Seedling Distribution Days

Spring is here! Are you ready to get your garden started?  Spring distribution days of seedlings will be happening in each neighbourhood from May 15 - June 1, 2024. Some neighbourhoods will have soil-building materials available.  Limits on seedlings and soil-building materials may apply. 

The early spring distribution of soil-building materials to help prepare residential gardens are now complete. Select neighbourhoods will have soil-building materials available for collection at their seedlings distributions days. 

NeighbourhoodDate and TimeLocationGarden Materials
Quadra Hillside

Wednesday, May 15
Noon - 2 p.m.

Quadra Village Community Centre 
901 Kings Road
Street parking only
Seedlings only
BurnsideThursday, May 16
4 - 6 p.m.

Burnside Community Centre
471 Cecelia Road
Parking lot

Seedlings, compost, leaf mulch and woodchips
Vic West

Friday, May 17
10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Vic West Community Centre
521 Craigflower Road
Parking lot

Seedlings only
North Park

Saturday, May 18
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Franklin Green
1045 Mason Street
Street Parking Only

Seedlings, compost, leaf mulch and woodchips
Fairfield

Saturday, May 18
2 - 4 p.m.

Robert Porter Park
1345 Thurlow Road
Street Parking only

Seedlings only
DowntownThursday, May 23
4 - 6 p.m.

Yates Street Community Garden
1014 Yates Street
Street Parking only

Seedlings only
James Bay

Saturday, May 25
10 a.m. - noon

Irving Park
250 Menzies Street
Street Parking only

Seedlings only
Oaklands

Saturday, May 25
1 - 3 p.m.

Oaklands Community Centre
#1-2827 Belmont Avenue
Street parking only

Seedlings, compost, leaf mulch and woodchips
Fernwood

Thursday, May 30
4 - 6 p.m.

Fernwood Community Centre
1240 Gladstone Avenue
Street parking only

Seedlings, compost, leaf mulch and woodchips
Jubilee

Saturday, June 1
11 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Redfern Park
1700 Block Redfern Street
Street parking only
Seedlings only
Rockland (FED)

Saturday, June 1
1:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Art Gallery of Greater Victoria
1040 Moss Street
Street parking only

Seedlings only

 

Soil-building Materials Distribution

As part of the Get Growing, Victoria! program, leaf mulch, compost and wood chips produced at the City’s nursery in Beacon Hill Park will be are dropped off at community locations for pick up by residential gardeners. The early spring distribution of soil-building materials to help prepare residential gardens are now complete. Select neighbourhoods will have soil-building materials available for collection at their seedlings distributions days. Fall soil-building materials distribution will return in September 2024. 
 

Our Partners

Thank you to our amazing recipient organization who help ensure the success of Get Growing, Victoria! We are proud to partner with First Nations and approximately 50 organizations that provide a variety of community services, such as:

  • mental health and addictions organizations
  • community centre operators
  • neighbourhood associations
  • mutual aid groups
  • emergency food access organizations
  • social service organizations
  • subsidized and supportive housing organizations
  • environmental stewardship organizations
  • public health organizations
  • greater Victoria School District
  • school and community gardens 

Thank you to our neighbourhood partners for ensuring smooth and safe collection events, including: 

  • James Bay Neighbourhood Association
  • Oaklands Community Association
  • Burnside Gorge Community Association
  • North Park Neighbourhood Association and Victoria Immigrant & Refugee Society
  • Fairfield Gonzales Community Association
  • Fernwood Neighbourhood Resource Group
  • Government House and Friends of Government House
  • South Jubilee Neighbourhood Association
  • Victoria West Community Association and Victoria West Food Security Collective
  • Yates Street Community Garden
  • Quadra Village Community Centre

Growing in the City Grants 

Learn more about the various City grants that support community-led gardening program. City grants support community and boulevard gardening, food tree stewardship and Get Growing, Victoria!

Program Recognition

Get Growing, Victoria! is the winner of the BC Recreation and Parks Association Program Excellence Award. Read the BCRPA article about the impact and importance of the program: Award-Winning Victoria Gardening Program Sows Seeds that Feed and Connect. Get Growing, Victoria! is also the winner of the Social Impact Award in the 2022 Ecostar Awards. This award recognizes outstanding environmental achievements and leadership on Vancouver Island.

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