Gardening Links

Gardening Links

The web offers an endless network of sites dedicated to every aspect of gardens and gardening. We’ve focused on sites and links that are directly helpful to the local community and to coastal organic gardeners, as well as a few favourites that shouldn’t be missed. Hungry for more? Most of these sites have their own links into the wider web – the perfect pastime for the rainiest days in Vancouver.

Local Support

City Farmer : the most important resource group for community gardeners, and an early pioneer of “urban agriculture.” The City Farmer, located a block away from Cypress Community Garden,  has Urban Agricultural notes and links to green initiatives around the globe.  Located at Maple and 6th Avenue on the Arbutus Greenway, the City Farmer also offers worm composters, rain barrels, skills workshops and other essentials for the green revolution. This site lists workshops, composting guidelines and also hosts the most comprehensive listing of Vancouver community gardens.

Society Promoting Environmental Conservation : A legendary local environmental group, community-garden ally, and host of the on-line Vancouver Environmental Information Centre.

Society Farm Folk/City Folk : Reconnecting people to the food they eat is the focus of this local non-profit. Their “Bringing Food Home” project strongly supports urban and community gardens.

UBC Farm : Research resources, a farmers’ market, and plenty of opportunities for volunteer learning.

B.C. Association of Farmers’ Markets : For market gardeners, people interested in starting new farmers’ markets, and anyone hungry for locally grown produce.

SmartGrowthBC : A registered charitable organization that works with people across the province to enhance and protect the livability of communities.

West Coast Gardening

Slugs and Salal : Gardening tips and resources specific to the wet coast, with Vancouver Island gardening columnist Helen Chestnut as gardener-in-residence.

Two Rainy Side Gardeners : A pair of Washington gardeners dish out stateside tips on the challenges of Pacific gardening.

Community Gardening

American Community Gardening Association: Features an incredible list of worldwide (including Canadian) links on everything from community garden studies to gardening with children.

Organic Gardening

Organic Gardening Magazine : If you can look past the advertising clutter, this is the top-rated organic gardening site on the web.

Seed Companies

West Coast Seeds : Vancouver-grown seeds for local gardeners, and an expanding section on coastal gardening info and tips.


City Farmer : Located at Maple and 6th Avenue on the Arbutus Greenway, the City Farmer offers worm composters and garden composters, rain barrels, skills workshops and other essentials for the green revolution. Check out this site for workshops and  composting guidelines.

Master Composter : A wide-ranging, grassroots site dedicated to composting from its simplest to its most refined.

Composting Council of Canada : A great list of printable fact sheets on eco-friendly gardening and composting, as well as links to composting councils around the world (who knew?).

VegWeb Composting : A crash course in the basics, with a snappy do-and-don’t style.

Member Favourites

VanDusen Botanical Garden : The Vancouver civic show garden offers courses and annual plant sales.

Lee Valley : Fantastic gardening equipment from an American classic.

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