How can we help you start a Community Garden in Calgary?
You’ve come to the right place. The Calgary Horticultural Society would like to support you in your efforts by offering the following support:
- Membership—See the benefits here.
- Calgary Community Gardens Database—Access our database to find a community garden in your area or to let other people know about your garden. Contact us if your community garden information requires updating.
- How to Start a Community Garden in Calgary manual. This manual is suitable for people interested in starting or managing a community garden in the Calgary area. Through a series of checklists and exercises, you’re guided through the following 7 steps:
- Create community support
- Obtain a site
- Design your garden
- Establish garden guidelines
- Manage money matters
- Nurture your team
- Maintain your garden
Contact us if you’re interested in purchasing this manual.
- Community Gardens e-News—a monthly emailed newsletter to highlight events and topical information relating to gardening in the community.
- Private Facebook Page—for Community Garden Leaders Only. An online forum for leaders to share and communicate with others about successes and failures. Use it as a place to post events, share tools and helpful information. Ask us for an invitation by email.
- Kitchen Table Talks—An offseason gathering of Community Garden Leaders to discuss concerns, issues and interests pertaining to the organization and leadership of a community garden. These events are hosted at the Calgary Horticultural Offices. Frances is a Master Gardener and graduate of the Verge Permaculture Program. She will select topics to guide the discussions and will facilitate the dialogue. Come armed with your questions.
- Outreach—contact us if you have an event and would like a ‘garden expert’ to attend or if you would like to host a talk. We have graduates from the Master Gardener Program who can provide support ‘in the garden’ and speakers who can speak on your topic of interest.
- Index of Resource Information—We have been collecting valuable gardening information for many years. Let us help you by sharing what we know. If you have a specific interest, let us know so that we may guide you, teach you or direct you to the best source of information. Experience has taught us that it’s often the people, not the plants or forms that provide the greatest challenges and rewards of community gardens, so be sure to ask about our resources on nurturing your garden team and connecting with your community. Contact us to help answer your community gardening questions.
- Programs, Workshops, Classes, Courses and Talks offer by the Society. See them here or contact us.