Important Garden Update During the COVID-19 Crisis

Hello gardeners! Hope you all are enjoying the first days of spring and are getting ready for the season ahead. There are a few important announcements to make during these strange times:

  • All work parties are cancelled until further notice.
  • Currently there are no more plots available, but if you would like to become a plotless member, or help in any communal tasks, please reach out and email us at
  • Please see below for the released Vancouver Parks Board Safety Tip flyer to know how to best stay safe while gardening with us!

Please, do be safe and courteous out there. Practice social distancing and be sure to stay at least 2m apart! Happy gardening!

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Harvest Festival this Saturday! September 21 from 11 – 3

The Strathcona Community Gardeners Society is a non-profit charitable society with a Board of Directors made up of gardeners from both Strathcona and Cottonwood Community Gardens. Membership dues are $10 per year and plots are rented for $5 per plot per year. There are monthly meetings and regular work parties for working on common areas – paths, fruit trees, compost turning clean up and building projects. The gardens have several objectives: to provide garden space to area residents for food growing; to reclaim, restore, and maintain the gardens using organic methods; to improve the wildlife habitat by diversifying the range of plants that can be grown; to use the gardens in an educational role for gardeners and the community as a while through workshops, tours, and day to day exchange; to provide a place for area residents to visit and enjoy.

Scheduled Events

  • 11 – 1 — Mushroom Cultivation Workshop with Willoughby Arevalo
    11:30 – 12:30 — Herb talk and walk with Fiona Smulders
    2-3 — Pollinator Talk with Brian Campbell
    Tree talk and walk with gardener David Tracey
    Biological Pest Control talk and walk with gardener Jim Matteoni
  • Japanese Flower arranging at Cottonwood

General Events

  • Morning Activities include: seed bomb making, kid’s grain grinding and baking,
  • All Day: cider pressing, garden tours, straw play pile
  • Midday: PowWow Drum Circle, natural dyes from the garden, seed generation celebration, Carnival Band procession, fibre spinning (as part of worldwide spin in public day)
  • Afternoon Activities include: kid’s earth painting, tea blending, making cordage from plants

If you would like a garden plot and are interested in joining the gardens, please visit the Policies and Procedures page then come to our next work party.

Follow our blog for the latest news.

The proposed Malkin Connector threatens our gardens. Save Strathcona and Cottonwood Gardens

The businesses along Produce Row along Malkin to the south of the gardens have set up a Facebook page to protest the Malkin option.

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September in the Gardens: UBC Botanical Gardens

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July in the UBC Botanical Garden | Where do we get our plants?

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Celebrate the new year with UBC Botanical Gardens.

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B.C. Garden Clubs to Irish Garden Tour


Please share with your Garden club this special event – The Ireland Garden’s Tour.
Would you please share with your group or add to your upcoming events… or maybe you would like to do an interview with Irish Gardener Jane Donald for your next newsletter.

We could also organize a discount for group organiser of 10 people.

Irish Gardens, Castles and Sacred Site Holiday FUN Tour is now OPEN for booking!
May 20th to June 2nd, 2017 – 14 Days/2 weeks

The first 10 people to register will receive an early-bird special discount of $555

This tour is hosted by Irish Garden Guide Jane Donald from Ireland’s best-selling ‘The Irish Garden’ magazine,
Irish Celtic Wisdom Keeper & Tour Organizer, Maria O’Farrell Carr and Irish Travel Guide, Rosie O’Toole.

During our two weeks holiday in Ireland we visit Co. Kerry, Co. Cork, Co. Limerick, Co. Clare, Co. Galway, Co. Carlow, Co. Dublin and Co. Wicklow. This is a great opportunity to see so much of the beautiful Emerald Isle’s… Dingle fuchsia, mossy forests, ancient bog lands, Killarney wild  Rhododendron, Burren’s wild Orchids, waterfall plants, Powerscourt Japanese Gardens, Estate gardens, century old Mazes, Wicklow Heather and beautiful old gardens.

If you have always dreamed of visiting Ireland or Ireland is now calling you back home, then now is the time to come join us and our fun group for this adventure in Ireland.

Contact us for our Brochure and more details.

Early Bird Cost only: $3888. Remember first 10 people receive a $555 discount

Come join us for an adventure of a Lifetime!

From Jane Donald and Maria O’Farrell Carr and
Contact Jane:   Carlow, Ireland – 011+353 1 86 8259510



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Happy Holidays from UBC Botanical Garden

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UBC Botanical Garden: Don’t Miss Apple Festival – Our 25th Year!

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Start a Community Garden in your neighbourhood!

Do you want to start a food garden or orchard with your community or do you know someone who does? Community gardens are important gathering places; they contribute to neighbourhood vitality; and they promote inter-cultural and inter-generational learning.

Tell us your ideas! We review them each fall.

Click here for more information. Deadline October 11, 2016


Please forward as you see fit.



你會喜歡在你的社區種植蔬菜的菜圃或果園嗎? 請給予我們你的意見。 我們每個秋季都會評選申請表。



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Derek’s Buhhda Pond history PDF

This was just added to our History page. It’s a great little narrative that speaks volumes about our Garden.

Click for Dereks Buddha Pond history

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