City of Vancouver on CPR Land Purchase

The City of Vancouver has said they’ve offered to pay a fair market value for the CPR land on which our community gardens have taken root. Here is a link to the Mayor’s blog post on the topic and and a recent article from the Vancouver Sun. 

MLA Letters in Support of Gardens

MLA David Eby, Vancouver-Point Grey, and MLA George Heyman, (Vancouver-Fairview) have written to the CEO of CPR concerning our community gardens and their importance. Both have also posted the Arbutus Corridor petition in their offices prominently. See copies of their letters below or download the files here:

George Heyman july 18th letter to CP

David Eby Letter to CP Rail re Arbutus Cooridor_July 15 2014


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Save Community Gardens along the CP Rail-Petition and Facebook Page

The ongoing land dispute between CP rail and the City of Vancouver is causing huge concern among community gardens and community members who have been using and maintaining the space along the tracks. Community gardens that are being affected are Pine, Cypress, Maple, Arbutus Victory, Kerrisdale, and The World in A Garden, as well as the many people who use and enjoy this oasis in the city every day. The July 31st deadline to remove anything that encroaches their land is quickly approaching.  We need your help!

Please sign the “Mayor of Vancouver B.C: Act quickly to preserve the Arbutus Corridor as an ongoing green space” online petition, at:


Cottonwood Garden’s Annual Open House-July 13th 11am-3pm

It’s that time of year again –  Cottonwood Community Garden is holding its annual Open House, and we invite you to come and celebrate the beauty of art and nature at Cottonwood, our “paradise in the city.” Experience the magic of Cottonwood and help us protect the garden from being paved over!Sunday, July 13, 2014
11 am – 3 pm

Cottonwood Community Garden
Malkin & Raymur Ave (south side of Strathcona Park) 
Join us for a day in the garden with live music, art displays, food, garden tours and workshops, honey bee demonstrations, kid’s activities and more. Bring your dancing feet! Learn about the history of the garden and how we are working to protect it. And bring your creativity, as you may want to do some crafting or corsage making.This is a free, community event for all ages. Please invite family, friends, neighbours – all are welcome!


East Vancouver Garden Tour-Sunday June 15th 10am-4 pm

This year’s East Van Garden Tour is on Father’s Day, Sunday, June 15th, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be about a dozen excellent gardens on the tour. Tickets are $12 per person.

Tickets: You can purchase tickets ahead of time in person at Figaro’s Garden Centre (1896 Victoria Drive). Note that it’s cash only for tickets at Figaro’s.

Or you can “register” for tickets ahead of time at Britannia Community Centre (1661 Napier Street, 604-718-5800) either by phone, in person, or online (credit cards okay!). (To register online, go to, click on the “Register Online” button, and then enter 65610.303BR in the field where it says “Activity number?”.)

On tour day, there will only be a limited number of tickets (cash only!) available at our “home base”, Figaro’s Garden Centre-advanced ticket purchase is encouraged.

Once you’ve bought your ticket ahead of time or preregistered at Britannia, on the day of the tour you go to Figaro’s to pick up your map showing the locations and descriptions of the gardens on the tour. This year’s gardens are in the Strathcona neighbourhood. Once you get to the starting spot shown on your tour map, the gardens are all within walking distance. We have some splendid gardens lined up for this year.

Note that most gardens are not wheelchair- or stroller-accessible. Children must be either babes-in-arms or over 12. Pets are not allowed. Photos are allowed only with the garden owner’s permission.

Garden sitters Needed: If you have time to do a three-hour shift (10:00–1:00 or 1:00–4:00) as a garden sitter in one of our beautiful gardens this year, you can take the rest of the tour for free! Please let Pat Davitt know if you’re available (604-253-1885).

If you know of any extraordinary East Vancouver gardens you would like to nominate for future tours, e-mail us at

Proceeds of the East Van Garden Tour go to support the work of Britannia Neighbours, which these days includes: the ongoing maintenance of the Napier Square Greenway; support for the new Grandview Garden Club, which meets on the third Wednesday of every month at Astorino’s Hall; support for the summer Napier Greenway art fair “Artful Sundays”; sponsorship of a worker to water regularly throughout the summer and of another, from The Kettle, to pick up litter in the Greenway five days a week; and a partnership with Drive Organics to make compost for the Greenway.


SPEC & Urban Farmer Field School-2014 Courses




The Society Promoting Environmental Conservation (SPEC) and Urban Farmer Field School (UFFS) are offering hands on training in sustainable urban agriculture through a series of courses. Please visit their website for more information and details about upcoming classes.

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The Pine Street Community Gardens, established in 2006, runs for two blocks along side the railroad tracks on West 6th Avenue between Fir and Burrard.

Garden Side + Orchard Side

The western block of the gardens, what we call the Orchard Side, is one of Vancouver’s only urban orchards, featuring apple, pear, plum and many other varieties of fruit trees. The east block, or Garden Side, of the gardens is home to over 40 vegetable and garden plots.

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