About

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

1. Eco-Pavilion 

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.

2.  Greenhouse

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.

6. Orchard

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.

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