Making and Gardening at First Grow Workshop

The first Grow work­shop at Creek­side Com­mu­ni­ty Cen­tre, was co-facil­i­tat­ed by Mas­ter Gar­den­ers (Chris­tine and Joanne) and Van­cou­ver Design Nerds (Ali­cia and Ocean).  We kicked off the work­shop by look­ing at some inspir­ing exam­ples of urban gar­den­ing from art, archi­tec­ture, design and also gueril­la gar­den­ing.  Some of our favourite exam­ples include the String Gar­den and work of artist Lois Wein­berg­er.

Our Mas­ter Gar­den­ers shared some impor­tant con­sid­er­a­tions for con­tain­er gar­den­ing.  Soil, root depth, drainage and expo­sure to sun­light are all fac­tors for the suc­cess of your urban garden.

We spent some time look­ing around the Olympic Vil­lage for dif­fer­ent ways to hang, attach or place con­tain­ers for grow­ing in the urban envi­ron­ment.  Sites such as bench­es, garbage cans, light fix­tures and oth­er infra­struc­ture present poten­tial loca­tions for growing.












When we returned to the stu­dio Ocean and Ali­cia led us in the mak­ing of con­tain­ers out of recy­clable materials.

























To end the after­noon we seed­ed a num­ber of pock­et gar­dens and took them down to the Bulk­head Lab.  We plant­ed pars­ley, chives, thyme, oregeno, cat­mint, and nas­tur­tiums.  As things grow it will become fra­grant and edible.









We’ll keep adding more pock­ets to the fence with each workshop…If you live in the area and want to help tend to the fence gar­den, we would appre­ci­ate your green thumb.


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