“Gardening adds years to your life and life to your years” – Unknown
Join us Saturday, April 22 from 2:00 to 5:00 pm for our Earth Day event, the Health and Wellness Expo – featuring a variety of exhibits and displays from local markets and related businesses, composting and worms, bees and wildflowers, garden centres and so much more plus hands-on fun stuff for the kids! Visit our Events page for more details by clicking HERE.
Chairperson: Chris Koper at email@example.com
Our community garden expert, Chris Koper, designed the WHCA courtyard with the students at Senator Patrick Burns Junior High School. The school secured a grant with Co-op Community spaces;
Learn how to grow amazing potatoes by clicking HERE
WHCA Garden Plots
The front of West Hillhurst Community Association has a beautiful patio consisting of 23 garden beds, benches, a library, and a picnic table for community use. Let’s work together, grow together, learn together! We celebrate individuality and inclusiveness with gardeners of all ages. If you love to grow vegetables but don’t know how or have no space, we can help! We also have a full schedule of gardening seminars to help all levels of gardeners. Purchase a seasonal garden bed plot this year.
Available after April 1st 2017
Click Here to Purchase
All participants must sign up for a volunteer position with the gardens in addition to properly maintaining their own plot all season.
Growing Up From the Grassroots Up Fund
The garden committee is giving away one garden bed to a child each year.
Click Here for Specifications and How to Apply!
There is plenty of opportunity to get involved with our Community Association gardens. We could use extra hands taking care of the communal beds, helping with garden activities for kids, and with our gardening events. Click above to be redirected to our signup genius page which lists all volunteer opportunities.
Thank you! WHCA Green Committee
Educational Opportunities for Community Gardeners
|Don't Forget about the Garden Now!||Janet Melrose||July 29||10am - 12pm||$10||Register|
|Fall is Coming!||Janet Melrose||Sept 9||10am - 12pm||$10||Register|
|Putting the Garden to Bed||Janet Melrose||Oct 14||10am - 12pm||$10||Register|
Earn a Ballot for each talk you come to for your chance to win a grand prize at the end of the year!
Garden Talk Details Below;
Ukulele In The Gardens
So many fun things to look forward to this year! Many dedicated community members are showing interest in developing our community garden activities and offerings. A passionate and practitioner of music in the community was introduced to the Ukulele during a winter outing to Hawaii a few years ago and it has become since then his favorite instrument. Having introduced several friends to the instrument with success, he is interested to expand it’s reach to the community – and what better place than to play than in the beautiful West Hillhurst garden.
Ukulele History; It was until the 1950’s a very popular instrument from schools to retirement houses but went our of fashion with the arrival of rock&roll and electric guitars. Nowadays, the instrument is seeking a resurgence in popularity due to its simplicity, its wast to play, its affordability and its availability to blend into any kind of music, folk music in particular.
No music experience necessary : Contact if you’re interested in this program firstname.lastname@example.org
What’s Happening in the Garden
June 3rd with Janet Melrose
- Thinning and staking
- Weeding –recognizing early emerging weeds and eliminate perennial weeds;
- Protecting the soil and plants from the weather
- Early harvesting & succession planting
- Bugs and other problems:
- A match the problem to the cause exercise
Don’t Forget about the Garden now!
July 29 with Janet Melrose
- Water conservation methods: mulching, diffusion watering
- Urban critter control, including human activities
- Harvesting- garlic and other mid-season crops
- Cover crops
- Early fall crop protection
- Preventing food crop waste – sharing the bounty
Fall is Coming!
September 9th with Janet Melrose
- Seed Saving
- Protection against frosts and prolonging the harvest including cold frames;
- Harvesting techniques -simple preserving
- The composting system
Putting the Garden to bed
October 14th with Janet Melrose
- Soil – amending the soil now rather than in the spring,
- Fall crop planting and seeding: Garlic and seeds
- Planning for next year: crop rotation, enhancing the garden
- Leaving the garden looking beautiful and cared for – throughout the winter months
Seasonal Celebration Workshop
December 5th 2017
- Making a large outdoor arrangement out of seasonal greens and decorating it
- Care of the arrangement so it lasts into spring
- Celebrating the year with fellowship
- Includes all materials and planter