My gardening goals for this year are concentrated on learning more about seed saving and increasing the variety of foods I grow in my vegetable garden. I’d also like to keep extending my perennial flower collection across seasons, eventually having colour in the garden year-round.
I’ll be replacing a few plants, like the thyme that died mysteriously last summer and perhaps building a vertical squash structure if I’m feeling ambitious. Mostly, though, I’m going to try and take advantage of some of the workshops and seed swaps that are happening in the next few weeks. I think it would be great to connect with some Vancouver gardeners.
Here are some of the things on offer around here this growing season:
Village Vancouver offers gardening workshops across the city
VanDusen Botanical Garden has a range of courses for the budding horticulturalist
City of Vancouver workshops are affordable, basic skill-builders
The World in a Garden has great workshops throughout the season
Farm Folk City Folk‘s Knowledge Pantry is full of wonderful resources
A little farther afield, North Van has GardenSmart Workshops
There are a number of neighbourhood-specific workshops that are tied to food security and food justice: Grandview Woodland Food Connection, Renfrew-Collingwood Food Security Institute, the Edible Garden Project, and Cedar Cottage’s Seedy Saturday and Planting Workshop are a few examples
Victory Gardens’ workshops are well-regarded
Getting the Goods
Treekeepers provides $10 fruit and decorative trees to Vancouver residents
West Coast Seeds is a great source for organic seeds and their website is full of information – they also offer workshops
Salt Spring Seeds focuses on heritage and heirloom seeds
Sharing the Wealth
City Farm Boy is for the ambitious urban farmer
Vancouver Urban Farming Society is a great resource if you want to make growing your business
Extending the Season
UBC Botanical Gardens’ Year Round Harvest Workshop
Winter Harvest resources
There’s a lot more, but that gives you a sense of the Vancouver gardening landscape. Now, tell me, what’s happening where you live? Are there plenty of resources, workshops, and community connections? Or do you rely on online resources to find what you need?