How do I get a plot in Cypress Community Garden?
Thank you for your interest in Cypress Community Gardens but the garden for the 2021 season is now full. We opened applications for available plots in 2020 on Nov 1st, and all plots have been assigned. We have also formed a substantial Wait List of some 40 individuals. The Wait List will be contacted based on the order of application should any plots become available in the current growing season. Please note that we will be starting a new application/Wait list for the 2022 growing season on Nov 1st, 2021. If you were not assigned a garden plot, you must re-apply for a plot (at that time). We are unable to accept applications for 2022 prior to Nov 1st at 12:00 am. Applications for a garden plot and/or the Wait list must be made on AND NOT BEFORE November 1st at 12:00 am by e-mailing us at:
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 3.6 ft x 9 ft (1.18 m x 2.72 m). in size. There are hoses for each section of the garden.
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 the plot is kept free of weeds, and is tidy, and 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.