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A couple of scenes from lthe fall meeting of Crescent Park Community Garden, as members listen to a review of this season's accomplishments from garden committee chair, Murray Scadeng. Gardeners also discussed plans for the 2018-19 season, and listened to a presentation on seed saving and seed libraries.

Applications for the 2018-19 season in both our community gardens open February 1. For more information or Crescent Park or Alexandra Community Gardens, please send an email to communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

Our youngest community gardener, Bren Hennig, installed the dedication plaque on the pergola. 

The power of community! Volunteers at Crescent Park Community Garden recently completed construction of a pergola, to house gatherings in the garden and provide a beautiful focal point. Our thanks to Tom and Mariette Malone - parents of gardener Madeleine Buhlau - whose donation made this construction possible.Members and friends of our Crescent Park Community Garden gathered in July  to officially cut the ribbon for our new pergola! Much thanks to Tom and Mariette Malone for their generous donation, which made its construction possible - as well as to the team which did the design and building.

The pergola provides a welcome addition to the beautification of the garden; and a focal point for planned and impromptu gatherings for both the garden community, and the neighbourhood as a whole. Please come and check it out!

Members and friends of our Crescent Park Community Garden gathered in July to officially cut the ribbon for our new pergola! 

(Thanks to CPCG gardener Andrea McCorkell for the photographs).

Crescent Park Community Garden

Growing a Sense of Community
Cindy McMullen, Andrea McCorkell. 
Volunteers, Crescent Park Community Garden

Crescent Park Community Garden celebrates its first year!  After years of planning, the garden was built one year ago on a weekend in mid-April by dedicated volunteers who hauled crushed gravel, laid down mulch, and built garden boxes and compost bins to create a gem of a community garden in the heart of Ocean Park.

The garden is operated by Alexandra Neighbourhood House and sits on a one-acre site located at Kiwanis Park Place on 128th St and 25th Ave, just behind Crescent Park Elementary.  

Of the 56 garden plots, 46 are 10’ x 5’ raised beds, 10 are 4’ x 8’ wheelchair-accessible beds and two are designated for Crescent Park Elementary students to learn alongside the most experienced gardeners. A percentage of the plots are also reserved for Kiwanis Park Place residents.

In its first year, the garden has fostered a real sense of community. Experienced gardeners share their knowledge with newcomers, and people exchange seeds, plants, and extra produce. Members also get together for “work parties” to maintain the common areas of the property.  Community connection also happens through the group’s Facebook page and the bulletin board posted at the site where members share garden tips, sale prices on seeds & plants at local garden vendors, and more.   

Crescent Park Community Garden’s second season promises to be as active as its first.  Under the guidance of a volunteer garden committee, members will be installing bee hives, building a pergola and starting a food-sharing program.  They are also planning rehabilitation projects for the site by planting native trees and plants, building walking paths, and creating habitat for birds and pollinators.    The garden has also been accepted as an official Master Gardener project for Senga Fullam, who has brought her considerable gardening knowledge to the community.

For more information, contact Neil Fernyhough, Manager, Community Programs at 604-535-0015 (ext 236) or communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

 

 

Alexandra Community Garden

 

Now entering its sixth season, Alexandra Community Garden consists of thirty plots, leased on an annual basis to members of the community. It is located in a small park, privately owned by Alex House, across the street from the facility in Crescent Beach. In addition to the individual plots, gardeners tend a food bank plot located on the grounds of Alex House as well as a number of communal flower boxes and barrels.

 

The attractive onsite gazebo is enjoyed by both gardeners and the general public. Garden maintenance is supported by the annual plot fees, a plant sale at the Alexandra festival on the last Saturday in May, and support from Alex House. Gardeners choose a governance committee annually who work with Alex House staff to ensure that the garden runs smoothly and is maintained. Gardeners enjoy a number of informal social activities together, including regular work parties to maintain and beautify the site. ACG also enjoys the mentorship of two local volunteer Master Gardeners, Patti Chabot and Kathy Starke. For more information, contact Neil Fernyhough, Manager, Community Programs at 604-535- 0015 (ext 236) or communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

 For more information on our community garden please email communityprograms@alexhouse.net.

Volunteer Master Gardeners and mentors, Patti Chabot and Kathy Starke.

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