Welcome to GROW Whistler – The Community Greenhouse and Garden Program
Looking to GROW with us in 2020?
Return gardener and AWARE member registration opens on February 15.
General registration for new members will open on March 15.
Whistler’s community gardening program promotes social and environmental sustainability through greenhouses and gardens which encourage community members to grow their own organic vegetables.
Space is allocated to gardeners on a first come, first serve basis. Gardeners from the previous year and AWARE members are offered an early-bird registration for the upcoming growing season.
Neighbourhood GreenhousesGROW Whistler includes four greenhouses; two at Spruce Grove Park, one at Myrtle Philip School and one at Alpha Lake Park, each containing eighteen, 2.5ft by 8ft boxes. The Greenhouses temperatures are automatically controlled and beds are irrigated for automatic watering.
The annual fee of $75/year for a greenhouse box includes a wide variety of organic seeds, soil amendments, water, a gardening guide and lots of support. As the greenhouses are fully organic closed eco-systems and in the interests of keeping them disease-free, only seeds and materials provided by the program are permitted.
Thanks to volunteer Jim Cook, for his passion and wisdom in making this program a success.
Cheakamus Community Garden
The annual fee of $75/year for an outdoor garden box includes a seed swap event, compost, water, tools, a gardening guide and lots of support.
This project was made possible by grant support from the Community Foundation of Whistler and the Union of British Columbia Municipalities.
New to gardening or the GROW program? Need to plan your garden? Check out the program ‘101’ guides and more below.
Growing in an outdoor bed this summer? Unsure where to begin or just looking for new tips and tricks to a successful growing season? Look no further, the Outdoor Gardening 101 guide will equip you with all the information you need to get your garden started this summer.
Growing in a greenhouse this summer? Unsure where to begin or just looking for new tips and tricks to a successful growing season? Look no further, the Greenhouse Gardening 101 guide will start you off on the right foot to grow in one of our four greenhouses this season.
Who’s friends with who in your garden bed? Companion planting can be an easy way to get top notch results in your garden. Take a look at the companion planting chart to learn more.
Square foot gardening? Learn how many seeds to distribute per square foot.
Learn how deep you should plant your seeds with our ‘Seed Planting Depths’ guide.
The success of this program is achieved through member commitment and support of the GROW mandate to ‘Grow Food, Cultivate Health and Build Sustainable Community’. Read through the Gardener Pledge to learn more about what it means to be a GROW greenhouse or garden program member.
Keep our bears wild – our Bear Attractants poster highlights common varieties to avoid planting or fertilizing with in your garden.
Help! There are pesky pests in my garden bed. Click the link to find out if these insects are handy or harmful and discover some natural remedies for unwanted visitors.
Greenhouses are delicate and closed ecosystems. In the interest of maintaining the health of these ecosystems greenhouse growers are required to choose their seeds from an organic seed list provided by AWARE. Over the years this list has been fine tuned to offer growers diverse options with high success and yield rates. Click on the link above to browse our current seed order list.
Without the dedication and cooperation of each and every GROW Member this program would not be possible. Members are required to complete 4 hours outside of their regular plot maintenance duties to contribute to this success. Track hours effortlessly over the summer months by filling your details into our Volunteer Hour Tracker (Google Form) above.