The Strathcona Community Gardeners Society is a volunteer BC society that manages two community gardens that adjoin Strathcona Park: Strathcona Garden (located west of Hawks Ave between Prior and Malkin) and Cottonwood Garden (located south of the park along Malkin Ave). To find out more, see links below.


Strathcona Community Garden is a volunteer- managed public green space on 1.35 hectares ( 3.34 acres) of city land in Vancouver Eastside. Local residents began transforming the site from an informal dump in 1985. Recognizing its role as a leader in community-run ecological stewardship, the Park Board signed in 2005 a 25 year lease with the Strathcona Community Gardeners Society, a non – profit charitable organization which members join each year to renew their garden plots.

The garden exists to:

  • provide space for area residents to grow their own organic food, herbs and flowers
  • offer rare inner city habitat space for wildlife
  • educate gardeners and the community on organic food techniques, composting and other urban ecological skills
  • maintain an urban oasis for all residents and visitors to enjoy


Cottonwood Community Garden has been established for 21 years. What was once a toxic dump is now a rich diverse ecosystem (home to two reproducing bald eagles), thanks to the hard work, support and love of the Strathcona Neighborhood.

We have 120 individual garden plots, including accessible raised beds for gardeners. The garden runs along the south perimeter of Strathcona Park on Malkin Ave, between Chess & Raymur Avenues. The fee for gardening is $15 per year plus a $5 membership fee. At present all of our plots have gardeners. If you wish to be on our waiting list for a garden plot let us know. You can contact us at cottonwoodgardenatgmaildotcom.