What is a Community Garden?
A community garden is a shared green space maintained by community garden members to grow food, flowers, and other plants. They provide opportunities for city residents to not only grow food, but also to meet new friends, share knowledge, and build community. Each garden site is divided into small plots that are rented each season by individuals or community groups to tend and enjoy. The food grown in each plot belongs to the registered gardeners, and cannot be used or sold for any commercial purposes. Gardeners grow food and flowers, share knowledge with each other and the community, and celebrate the seasons through social gatherings.
Richmond Community Gardens
All of the Richmond Community Gardens are open every day from dawn until dusk.
The Richmond Community Gardens are valuable green spaces within the community and provide healthy food for garden members, provide space for social interactions, and create recreational activities for community members of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. All of the Richmond Community Gardens use organic growing methods so their impact on local ecosystems is minimized.
The Richmond Community Gardens are managed by Richmond Food Security Society. To learn more about the gardens or to join the waitlist for a garden plot, please visit the Richmond Food Security Society website.Currently, there are six community gardens in the city:
- Terra Nova Rural Park on Westminster Hwy, west of No.1 Road (This site has been replaced with the River Road and No. 2 Road Community Garden)
- South foot of Gilbert Road, adjacent to the City of Richmond Tree Nursery
- North side of King George Park along Cambie Road
- Garrett Wellness Centre, 7540 Chelsea Place
- Intersection of Railway and Moncton
- Paulik Neighbourhood Park, 7620 Heather Street
The Terra Nova Rural Park community garden is home to the:
- Waterwise Demonstration Garden (located at the east entrance) which demonstrates a variety of water-wise plants that require little water throughout the year as well as water conservation techniques
- Compost Demonstration that demonstrates different composting bins and systems.
Please respect the instructions of the Public Works employees who may be using heavy equipment in the area.
How to become a community gardener
Currently, garden plots at Terra Nova Rural Park, Gilbert Road, Garratt Wellness Centre and King George Park are reserved for the coming year.
Plots do become available on a yearly basis so sign up to be added to the waitlist by calling the Richmond Food Security Society at 604-244-7377 or visit the Richmond Food Security Society website.