Ellie Frost

Community garden takes root in White Rock

White Rock officials dug in to celebrate a milestone Wednesday, with the official opening of the city’s community garden.

White Rock officials dug in to celebrate a milestone Wednesday, with the official opening of the city’s community garden.

Located on Vine Street – just east of Centennial Park and adjacent to the Eve Bene Butterfly Garden – the garden sports 21 plots which are leased annually on a first-come, first-served basis.

The idea of a community garden in the city has been discussed many times over the years. Actually establishing one was named as a strategic goal last year, deemed an objective that would help foster an inclusive community.

Coun. Helen Fathers said it was nice to see the idea come to fruition. Fathers, who grew up in Britain – where the concept is commonplace – said such gardens aren’t simply about planting seeds.

“There’s a little community that goes on with community gardens,” she said. “It’s not just about gardening, it’s about sharing ideas and concepts.”

The city’s parks crews started clearing the land in May. As of Monday, 19 of the garden’s plots had been allocated for the first year.

For more, contact Aelicia Otto at 604-541-2181.


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