FAQ

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Where exactly is Cypress Community Garden?

The garden is located on the north side of 6th Avenue West between Cypress Street and Burrard Street.

How do I get a plot in the garden?

Thank you for your interest in Cypress Community Gardens but  the garden for the 2015 season is now full. We opened applications for available plots in 2015 on Nov 1st, 2014 and we will be contacting those people who have applied shortly. We have also formed a substantial Wait List of some 40 individuals for 2015. The Wait List will be contacted based on the order of application should any plots become available in the 2015 growing season.  Please note that we will be starting a new application/Wait list for the 2016 growing season on Nov 1st, 2015.  If you were not assigned a garden plot, you must re-apply for a plot (and the Wait list) for 2016.  However, we are unable to accept applications for 2016 prior to Nov 1st at 12:00 am.  Applications for a garden plot and/or the Wait list must be made on November 1st at 12:00 am by e-mailing us at . (In other words, one cannot apply to the 2016 Wait List before November 1st, 2015).

How much does membership in the garden cost?

The annual membership fee is $30.

What do I get with my membership?

Each garden member is assigned a plot approximately 3’x12’ (1 x 4 m) in size. There are water taps and hoses for each section of the garden. Members also have access to garden tools on a first-come, first-served honour system.

What are the responsibilities of membership?

Members are expected to maintain their individual plots, and the gardens associated with their section. Attendance at four 2-hour Work parties through the growing season is required for membership and renewal. Members agree to and sign the Membership Rules and Guidelines annually when paying membership dues. Garden members contribute to the community as a whole by maintaining the garden and there are many opportunities for work on public and common areas and specific committees.The more involved members become, the better it is for the garden–and the community!

Do I have to live in the Cypress Community Garden neighbourhood?

Members can come from any part of the city of Vancouver and do. A successful garden plot, however, is a significant time commitment, so you should expect to visit the garden several times per week in the growing season to weed, water and tend your plot and to contribute to the maintenance of the larger garden area as well.

What can I grow in my plot?

As a garden member, you are free to use your plot pretty much as you wish, as long as what you grow is legal! Some plant types, however, may be restricted due to problems with disease or invasiveness.

What does it mean that the garden is ‘organic’?

In an organic garden, no chemical fertilizers or pesticides are permitted. Compost and organic fertilizers are used to amend the soil. The links on our website offer ideas on organic soil-building and pest control.

I’ve never had a garden before. Does that matter?

Not at all! Everyone is welcome at Cypress Community Garden, and it is a great place to develop your green thumb and to learn from experienced gardeners.

Are there any volunteer opportunities available in the garden?

Our volunteer program has been discontinued and there is currently no volunteering opportunities for non members.

Who do I contact for more information about the garden?

Please send us an email at .

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