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The Van Berckel’s edible garden offers bounty of fruit, flowers and vegetables (Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC)

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David and Aubin Van Berckel sit beside a willow sculpture named Con Brio by Vancouver artist Ken Clarke in their 2.5-acre edible garden on Bowen Island. Photo by Kim Stallknecht.

Just when I thought I had seen everything, the Van Berckels lead me into another area where there are two tunnels — one made from espaliered apples, the other from golden hops, from which David makes beer.

By Steve Whysall
Vancouver Sun
Aug. 19, 2016

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As we descend deeper into the garden, David hands me a ripe Italian fig to taste. It is juicy and delicious. Next, he offers me a handful of ripe mulberries. Heavenly.

“I pollard (remove the top) our other mulberry trees. They look great in the winter. But since I prune them so hard, I don’t get fruit, since the fruit is only produced on previous year’s growth,” he says.

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August 27, 2016   Comments Off on The Van Berckel’s edible garden offers bounty of fruit, flowers and vegetables (Bowen Island, Vancouver, BC)

Edmonton, Alberta Community Garden Bike Tour Features 8 Gardens

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The Twin Brooks community garden in southwest Edmonton has brought local gardeners together and overcome initial resistance from the neighbourhood to create a win-win situation.

Alberta Avenue Community League Garden
Eastwood Community League Garden
Elmwood Park Community League Garden
Mosaic Centre Community Garden
Highlands Community League Garden
Lactuca Urban Farm
Grower’s Dozen Garden at Parkdale-Cromdale Community League
Operation Fruit Rescue Edmonton micro-orchard

By Nancy Rempel
Edmonton Journal
Aug 19, 2016

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“The first instinct is that the garden needs to be fenced,” says Meyers of the vandalism. “But, you can’t fence gardens on public parkland.”

Instead, its members went out of their way to create a “garden conversation” that included public meetings and communication, including the creation of an informational pamphlet that garden members took door-to-door. Meyer says the discussions revealed bones of contention, like the site’s visual appeal because of its on-site water barrels and storage shed. The group beautified the utilitarian pieces with vines, and planted perennials that were subsequently donated by neighbours to create a welcoming entrance.

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