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Vancouver City Council passed a motion in 2006 to encourage 2,010 new gardens by 2010. Now there are more than 40 community or resident-shared gardens with more than 1,700 garden plots and more on the way. There is a great brochure that the City of Vancouver has put out with a good map that shows great walking and bicycle tours of the various community gardens around the town. As it says on the back of the brochure:

Community gardens in Canada peaked during the World Wars. In 1943, there were over 50,000 Victory Garden plots in Greater Vancouver.

So we still have a ways to go to get back to that level of garden plots in the city, but there is tons of land available, and plenty of support for people to get out there and get gardening. More information can be found here.

Urban Flowers 02 – Vancouver BC

Urban Flowers 02 – Vancouver BC

The gardeners of Vancouver BC create stunning gardens full of color. Gardens in this city have become a synthesis of the many cultures that have come together and now live side by side, sharing seeds and garden tips. These are a selection of some of my favorite flowers. ...

Recycled Balcony Garden 09

Recycled Balcony Garden 09

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Stone Soup Slideshow 09

Stone Soup Slideshow 09

The Stone Soup Festival, Commercial Drive, May 2009. ...

Late Spring Cherry Carpets

Late Spring Cherry Carpets

Vancouver BC has amazing cherry blossoms all over the city in Spring, many of these alleys of candy floss have old trees that branch right over the road, creating clouds of pink fluff, tender carpets out of the asphalt roads and perfume the air with sweet happiness. ...

Sprouting Balcony Garden 09

Sprouting Balcony Garden 09

Previous :: Next Once we got some garden beds built and put the beans in they took off. Added a couple of bamboo poles. This end of the balcony gets the best sunlight and if the beans grow vigorously perhaps they will make a curtain for our bedroom window. The coriander, radish, squash, poppy an ...

Thoughts on Guerrilla Gardening

Thoughts on Guerrilla Gardening

There are as many ways to guerrilla garden as there are stars in the sky, and that is the best thing about it. The best way to do it is your way and to just get started. Many people love to make seed bombs and drop them as a group, other people love sneaking privately about the city -- planting plot ...

Sugar and Intuition as Monsanto Strikes Again

Sugar and Intuition as Monsanto Strikes Again

Consumption of refined sugar is the most pleasant means of gradual suicide. On Easter Monday (April 13, 2009) we finally stepped out of the house and went on an excursion. The cherry blossoms are out in Vancouver and Spring is finally in the air. We hadn't been out in months. We decided to he ...

Urban Flowers 01: Vancouver BC

Urban Flowers 01: Vancouver BC

The gardeners of Vancouver BC create stunning gardens full of color. Gardens in this city have become a synthesis of the many cultures that have come together and now live side by side, sharing seeds and garden tips. These are a selection of some of my favorite flowers. ...

Planting Balcony Garden 09

Planting Balcony Garden 09

Next It was a long cold winter this year and many plants were killed by the ton of snow Vancouver got. Luckily we have a spare room that does quite well as a greenhouse in the spring. I ordered some of my favorite plants from my favorite seed companies, in fact I even became a member of the Hudson ...