About the Learning Garden

Steveston Educational Garden

A stunning new project is in the works right now! The organic and artistically tasteful vision, germinated a few years ago, is finally coming to fruition in the spring of 2013.

The inspiring Steveston Educational Garden is located on the lawn east of the Martial Arts Centre next to the community centre parking lot. The north entrance to the demonstrational garden will be studded with ornamental cherry trees. A few fruit trees are to be planted along the east side of the garden in the future. A fun and educational opportunity for children will be found at the pizza garden.

Herbs, tomatoes and other ingredients used to make pizza will be grown in a pizza shaped garden bed.

The Educational Garden is being installed with a basic plan, but will be a work in progress.

Future ideas and learning opportunities will be guided by the teacher/learner interaction as ideas unfold in real time. Plenty of thought has gone into the idea that even people living in apartments or condominiums, with very little space, can grow their own food in containers.

Beginning in late spring, volunteer teachers at the garden will lead workshops on how to get started and be successful growing in small spaces.

The location was chosen specifically as a walk-to destination easily within reach for all Steveston residents. Children, adults and seniors with all levels of ability will be able to move around comfortably within the garden and experience pleasant social interactions, as it has been designed with very wide walkways between the raised bed planters. The surface will be packed and firm enough for wheelchairs and walkers to be manoeuvred safely and with ease. The raised bed planters are to be of varied heights in order to allow people and youngsters of all sizes and abilities to relax and enjoy the area comfortably. There will also be natural looking amphitheater type seating installed on the berm west of the garden.

Planting will begin in the spring of 2013 with the help of volunteers, essential to the success of the project.  As we continue to develop the Steveston Educational Garden project, we look forward to having community input and involvement. This project will benefit greatly from citizens participating in discussions, providing gardening expertise, contributing volunteer efforts and through the sharing of thoughts and ideas.

Please consider how you might be able to help and watch for updates to be posted to the Steveston Community Society website.

If you would like to volunteer for this project, please email edugarden@stevestoncommunitysociety.com

This project has been made possible by the generous support of many, including:

The Government of Canada, New Horizons for Seniors; Gulf & Fraser Credit Union; City of Richmond; Steveston Salmon Festival; Steveston Farmers and Artisans Market; and the Steveston Community Society