In Guelph, volunteers manage community gardens where neighbours share the space, the work, and the rewards. It’s great for people who don’t have a suitable yard for growing fruit, vegetables, herbs or flowers.
Community gardens are great places to make new friends, or connect with neighbours, and welcome new people to our community. Getting out in the garden can improve our physical and mental health, and make nutritious food more accessible for everyone.
Watch the virtual Community Garden Festival
Traditional community garden
A traditional community garden invites people to rent a plot to grow and harvest their own fruits, vegetables, herbs or flowers.
In a communal garden, people garden as a team. They may share or donate some of the food they grow with local community groups or agencies.
Sometimes called a “community orchard” a food forest is a mixture of fruit trees and shrubs maintained by a group of volunteers, where everyone (including local wildlife) is welcome to enjoy the fruit.
Pollinator garden feature plants and flowers that provide nectar and pollen resources for bees and other important insects. They can also provide food and habitat for other wildlife, or stormwater infiltration. Volunteers can help maintain the gardens and help inspire people to create pollinator gardens on their own properties.