The Cambie Square Communal Garden is a communally-run demonstration garden, located on the southwest corner of Cambie and 10th Avenue (see map below). There are no individual plots. Rather, all volunteers share in the planning, planting, harvesting and maintenance of the garden. Our volunteers come from many backgrounds; some are experienced gardeners and some are new to gardening. We all share a keen interest in growing food, maintaining biodiversity and creating sustainable systems.
Some techniques employed in the garden include vertical gardening, companion planting, square foot gardening and mulching. We also incorporate flowering plants to encourage and increase the pollinator population in the garden. We have partnered with the City Hall Childcare Society in the past, engaging children in garden care.
Here's the garden from a bird's eye view. You can see the boxes on the West side of the big square of lawn.
Read the latest on what's happening in the garden on SPEC's Gardens Blog.
On September 30, we brought community volunteers out to help revitalize SPEC’s Cambie Square Communal Garden in Vancouver, BC. The Cambie Square Communal Garden is a volunteer-driven demonstration garden, where everyone gardening shares in the harvest. Work party tasks included building and replacing 3 garden beds that were falling apart, and clearing room for a new shed. We also learned about composting and received some gardening advice from Master Composter Angela Hoy!