Tour offers taste of edible gardens

A new garden tour will give locals a taste of all that’s possible in an edible garden

  • Aug. 14, 2015 7:00 p.m.

Jennifer Blyth

Oak Bay News

A new garden tour will give locals a taste of all that’s possible in an edible garden.

The inaugural Urban Food-Garden Tour runs Saturday, Sept. 12, in Oak Bay, Victoria, Saanich and Esquimalt.“The aim of the Urban Food-Garden Tour is to give home gardeners and people thinking about growing food the rare chance to get right into people’s home food gardens,” explains Elizabeth Vibert, a University of Victoria history professor and one of the tour organizers.

“Participants get to choose from among 14 gardens, mostly at people’s homes. They’ll get an intimate look at the volume and diversity people can produce in their own spaces, right here in the city. We include community gardens to inspire people who don’t have the space at home.”

The self-guided tour will feature spaces ranging from back yards and front yards to allotments and boulevards.

A fundraiser for sustainable food production, both local and global, the tour supports Haliburton Community Farm’s food box program, 1UP-Single Parent Resource Centre and Hleketani Community Garden, Limpopo, South Africa.

Tickets for the Urban Food-Garden Tour are $15 (under 15 free), available from GardenWorks, brownpapertickets.com, Haliburton Farm stands at Moss Street Market, the Hudson Public Market, Oaklands Market or by email at vicfoodgardens@gmail.com.

For details, visit vicurbanfoodgardens.wix.com/tour.

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