From the Strathcona Garden Member Handbook
Strathcona Community Garden is a volunteer- managed public green space on 1.35 hectares ( 3.34 acres) of city land in Vancouver Eastside. Local residents began transforming the site from an informal dump in 1985. Recognizing its role as a leader in community-run ecological stewardship, the Park Board signed in 2005 a 25 year lease with the Strathcona Community Gardeners Society, a non – profit charitable organization which members join each year to renew their garden plots.
The garden exists to:
- provide space for area residents to grow their own organic food, herbs and flowers
- offer rare inner city habitat space for wildlife
- educate gardeners and the community on organic food techniques, composting and other urban ecological skills
- maintain an urban oasis for all residents and visitors to enjoy
FEATURES OF THE STRATHCONA GARDEN
The Eco-Pavilion, built in 1997 by young women learning trades on an EYA job training program, provides space for meetings, workshops, and other events. The building was created using sustainable and reclaimed material and incorporates natural systems such as solar power, rain water collection, grey water cleansing as well as a composting toilet. It has kitchen amenities with cold and hot water available during the growing season.
Rental procedures for the Eco-Pavilion are available on the Garden’s website soon.
The garden’s greenhouse was built in 2010 through EYA, the Environmental Youth Alliance, and shelf space is shared between the gardeners and EYA. Gardeners interested in growing their own seeds can discuss greenhouse protocols and availability with an EYA representative.
3. Storage sheds / Nursery
There are 2 secure storage sheds for supplies and other tools shared by the gardeners. Fruit trees and other plants are stored in the nursery lock-up until ready for planting.
4. Bee Shed and Bee Hive
Built in 1995, the bee shed provides an onsite location to harvest honey that is offered for sale first to interested gardeners.
5. Espalier Area
The espalier area demonstrates the potential to grow a variety of fruit even in a limited space. Some of the apples seen here are heritage varieties dating back centuries.
Together with the Espalier area, more than 30 types of fruit trees are grown in the garden, including apple, pear, plum, quince, fig, berries and much more.
7. Herb Garden
The herb garden, based on a Tibetan Buddhist Mandela design with “gates” in four directions, holds a variety of herbs and roses. A small pool in the middle of the herb garden has become a popular drinking spot for bees.
8. Wildlife Habitat
The Wildlife Habitat area, including a seasonal winter pond, features native trees and plants to help create a natural preserve for wildlife.
9. Children’s Play area
A small sand box is available for children.
10. Garden Plots
The garden has approximately 200 plots for residents to grow organic food. Several raised beds are available for those with physical /mobility limitations.