Category: Gardening

"Emerging Hope" is having a plant sale and needs some garden space.

By , 20 May 2007 20:45

I was bumbering today after going to the Vancouver South Transfer Station with a load of recycling and picking up another composter when I saw a “Plant Sale” sign on E. King Edward St.

Emerging Hope #1

Emerging Hope

creates employment for people who live in the Downtown Eastside and have multiple barriers to employment. Does landscaping and makes Christmas wreaths, hanging flower baskets, planters, and patio deck boxes. Accepts donations of perennials and old garden pots. Generates revenue with product sales. Source

Emerging Hope #3

but that’s not all. They are moving at the end of the month and need a place to store/move all their plants….

Emerging Hope #2

4001 Clark Drive, Vancouver, BC, V5V 4Y9 Canada 604-873-9025

One way to help: SmartGardens – If you have space in your backyard, Emerging Hope will come with their plants [in pots] and store them in the ground until they are ready for sale. Then they will replace them with new plants.

Sharing Backyards in Greater Vancouver

Also blogged at

Dec. ’02:
Wreath makers need workspace


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Guerrilla Gardening Update

By , 17 March 2007 23:29

Three weeks after planting this small corner, I can see a green carpet developing:

19th & Tupper West

19th & Tupper East

19th & Tupper Clover Close up

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Seed ball making workshop a success!

By , 12 March 2007 22:38

This event went so well.

Making seed balls - In trays for drying

Read about it here* and see more pictures here

The next step is to plant them. April 1st seem like a great day for that.

*08April07 – changed their message format from online writing/storage to email only. What they didn’t tell us is that they would be deleting all existing messages. Grrr!

16March07 – More about seed balls from workshop participant Andrea Bellamy here and here

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Heavy Petal – City Farmer promotes backyard sharing.

By , 26 February 2007 09:34

Andrea Bellamy writes:
Sharing is good

City Farmer recently announced Sharing Backyards in Greater Vancouver, a website that aims to bring together people looking for a space to garden with those who have under-used backyards and are willing to share.

I received an email about this from City Farmer a few days ago but didn’t look at the website at the time. It is a googlemap Mashup and I’ve added my backyard to the list of people offering space.

Guerrilla Gardening in Vancouver

By , 25 February 2007 23:13

All the construction near Cambie St resulted in a lot of side streets being dug up, so in a move to restore the ground, earth was put down and grass seed was spread.

19th & Tupper West#1

What an opportunity to add to the diversity.

19th & Tupper East#1

I took seeds of white dutch clover and
crimson clover

19th & Tupper West#2

and spread them thickly over the area.

19th & Tupper East#2

Want to do some guerrilla gardening yourself but need the strength of numbers?

The Vancouver Guerrilla Gardening Meetup Group has links to GG info in other parts of the world.

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Seed ball making workshop – March 10, 2007 1 – 4pm

By , 13 February 2007 09:20

Sign up on website….

Seed ball making workshop – The Vancouver Guerilla Gardening Meetup Group (Vancouver, BC) –

When: Saturday, March 10, 2007, 1:00 PM

Where: Mount Pleasant Community Center
3161 Ontario Street
Vancouver , BC V5T 2Z1


We will be supplying

Seed – Crimson clover, White dutch clover, grass seeds, wild flowers
bring your own seeds to add to the mix – California poppy welcome

Red Clay


Mixing bowls

You will need to bring

a container for taking your seed balls home – something like a small pizza box so that the seed balls won’t be stacked too high on top of each other, they will be fragile.

At the end of the day…

You will be able to take 1/3 of the seed balls home for your own use and experimentation
The other 2/3 will be used to populate a guerrilla garden site at 7th and Hemlock

A planting day will be arranged within three weeks of the workshop date.

There is a $5.00 fee for this event.

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Vancouver Guerrilla Gardening on Heavy Petal

By , 7 February 2007 01:02

Links to all people mentioned on original page:

Inspiration overload

As I mentioned last week, a guerrilla gardening group recently formed in Vancouver. We met last weekend, and I’ve been thinking about how to introduce the group to Heavy Petal readers. You see, there are just so many cool people involved! It’s inspiring and exciting.

First, there’s our founder and fearless leader, Oren, a landscape architect with a focus on urban ecological design.

There’s Al, who some of you might know from his blog Urban Wilderness but who is now blogging from Al’s Bokashi Blog about Bokashi composting (Al, I must find out more about this!).

There’s Ward, the “boy” behind, a company promoting urban farming and related products and services.

Read it all…

Vancouver Guerrilla Gardening Meetup

By , 27 January 2007 23:54

I attended this meeting as I said I would here

I don’t have reporting skills to take word for word notes, so I’ll let the pictures do the talking instead:

A very diverse group….

GGMeetup - 27Jan07

…with many interests and agendas. Some want to plant flowers in grey/concrete spaces. Others want to grow food in abandoned spaces and community gardens. Some have access to garden and growing space while others don’t.

The co-ordinator of this event is Oren

GGMeetup - 27Jan072

wearing the cap.

Ward is beginning a business making and selling turn-key raised bed gardens and is chatting with Eileen who grows flowers in over 900 square feet of garden space in a number of community gardens.

GGMeetup - Ward and Eileen

Justin – who went out and built his own community garden near where he lives – wants to setup a non-profit group to organize offical community gardens in various parts of the city, is talking with Jan who has done similar work in the U.S.

GGMeetup - Justin and Jan

It will be interesting to see where this leads.

The meeting was held at the Foundation Lounge which served a great food platter for all of us.

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January 27, Saturday – Vancouver Guerrilla Gardening Meet-Up Group

By , 24 January 2007 23:27

Interesting. The same week I retire my Urban Wilderness blog, I learn about this:

The first get together of a new guerrilla gardening group. Come discuss strategies for attack and brainstorm ideas. Bring with you ideas to share such as: your motivations for getting involved, creative ways to provoke interest, nurseries which sell cheap native seeds, locations to target, plant lists for exposed and sunny sites with poor soils…and anything else you can imagine that relates to the cause. The meeting takes place at 1:00pm. For further info email orenATearthtonedDOTnet. To sign up for the event, or to learn more about the group, visit: A small meeting fee of $1 per person covers the first month of this meetup’s online posting. An additional cost of $5 will go towards having the event catered with healthy snacks.

I will be there.


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