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 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:
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)
events/798178020207346/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!
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 britanniacentre.org, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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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