Community Gardeners’ Workshop Series

Members of community gardens in the City of Vancouver are invited to attend workshops on various gardening topics. All events are offered by our community partners, and are free of charge*.

It’s an opportunity for gardeners to share their expertise about community gardening, and to meet members of other gardens and learn from each other. Spaces are limited, so RSVP soon! Ideally, we’d have a few gardeners from many different gardens to broaden representation at each event.

*Cancellation policy: if you have registered but are not able to attend, please e-mail us with 48 hours notice so we can invite other people on the waitlist. People who do not give notice will be asked to make a $5.00 donation to the community organization offering the workshop.


Here’s a list of the workshops below:

Join us at CityFarmer’s Compost Demonstration Garden for a workshop on composting methods and practices:
· Types of composters and where to place them

· Managing pests, rodents and common issues

· Share responsibilities with other gardeners

· Learn from other gardeners!

· CityFarmer Compost Demonstration Garden: 2150 Maple Street

· Session 1: Saturday June 20, 10:00-11:00AM

· Register Online:

· Session 2: Saturday July 25, 10:00-11:00AM

· Register Online:

The Invasive Species Council of Metro Vancouver is offering advice on dealing with weeds, problem plants and pests:
· Learn what invasive species are, why they are bad, and how they spread

· How to identify invasives, such as Japanese knotweed, bindweed, and fireants

· How to manage and deal with invasive species including prevention, removal, and disposal

· Sharing responsibilities of management and removal with other gardeners

· Creekside Community Recreation Centre:

· 1 Athletes Way (@ Ontario Ave)

· Saturday June 27, 12:30-2:00PM

· Register Online:

Explore the concept of collaborative gardening – with Brooke Oxley of Can You Dig It, and Matt Cooke at Creekside Community Recreation Centre. Find out more about:
· The concept of collaborative gardening and its benefits and challenges

· How it works and setting expectations

· How to integrate collaborative projects into existing community gardens

· Creekside Community Recreation Centre: 1 Athletes Way (at Ontario St)

· Saturday July 11, 1:00-2:30PM

· Register Online:

Join David Tracey of Tree City to learn about the keys to success in growing fruit trees in your community garden:
· Opportunities to integrate fruit trees in your garden and community

· Common issues in fruit tree maintenance

· Sharing the responsibilities and the harvest with other gardeners

· Strathcona Community Garden, inside the Eco-Pavilion

· 857 Malkin Avenue (west of Hawks Ave)

· Saturday July 18, 10:00-11:30AM

· Register Online:

The Stanley Park Ecology Society is sharing their knowledge and experience about urban wildlife. Learn about:
· Species that are commonly found in cities

· Natural History, behaviour, importance of urban wildlife species

· Tactics to address common issues with urban wildlife in gardens

· Mount Pleasant Community Centre: 1 Kingsway

· Sunday July 19th, 1:00-2:30PM

· Register Online:

Be inspired to create beautiful garden projects made with natural materials grown in your community garden with Environmental Artist Sharon Kallis.
During these 3-hour workshops, learn weaving and twining techniques that you can bring into your own garden.

Workshop 1
· Identify weavable materials from green waste

· Demonstration weave for a willow branch column structure

· Tour the pollinator house and earth loom.

· Trillium Park North: 580 Malkin Ave (@ Thornton St)

· Sunday June 28, 3:30-6:30PM

· Register Online:

Workshop 2
· Wood and branch splitting

· Bark stripping, rope-making, and weaving

· Tour on-site of living willow sculptures, woven forms, terraformed steep hillside for gardening

· Means of Production Garden in China Creek North Park: 1001 E 7th Ave (corner of 6th Ave and St Catherines St)

· Thursday July 9, 6:00-9:00PM

· Register Online:

*If you have any trouble registering to the workshops, please e-mail us at

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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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