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SOUL Organic Garden Tour

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Saturday, July 7th, 2012
10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Celebrate summer with SOUL. Join the with Society for Organic Urban Land Care as we explore some of Victoria's wonderful organic gardens. See the diversity of organic gardening in action new and old, private and public, wild and orderly, edible and ornamental. Despite their differences above-ground, each garden is built on organic practices for healthy soil biology. The gardens on the tour include healing herbs, fruit tree guilds, a blueberry bog, raised bed gardening, native plantings, pollinator gardens, chickens, and much more.

Tickets $20 ($10 for SOUL members)

Available at:

Dig This (Downtown and Oak Bay)
The Greater Victoria Compost Education Centre
The Spiral Cafe
Online (tickets can be picked up at the Compost Education Centre from July 4 to July 7.)

Contact Ryan at for more information.

How it works: Buy your ticket in person or on-line - the ticket includes a map of the gardens. Visit the gardens at your leisure between 10 am and 4 pm. You will be greeted at the site by our volunteers, and hosts on-site will give informal tours and answer questions about the garden. The route is simple by bike or car.

Gardens on the tour:

Dockside Green (391 Tyee Rd)
Managed by SOUL Professional Michael Cowan of Edibella.
Come out to see Organic Land Care in a world class Green Building development.
Tours at 10am, 12pm, and 2pm.

Esquimalt: A Permaculture-style urban homestead, featuring native and bee-friendly gardens, a blueberry bog, and chickens. This site shows how a garden can go from lawn to lush in a few short years with a combination of smart observation and embracing nature's suggestions.

Vic West: A healing centre and herb garden carved out of a long-overgrown rose garden, featuring trellised rose vines, culinary and medicinal herbs, and chickens. With nature's help and a lot of smart gardening, this site has gone from wild to welcoming in less than a year.

Fernwood: A volunteer supported public urban food forest, built from scratch on an abandoned parking lot. This volunteer-managed site features edible perennials and guild plantings, and is an inspiring model of how public space can serve and be served by the community.

Fairfield: Lawn can be organic! This family home garden is a study in diversity of functions - lawns, veggie garden, edible and ornamental perennials, and a greenhouse all live in peace. The home of a professional landscaper, this site is full of creative uses of "refugee" plants left over from other gardens.

Cost: Adult: $20
Member: $10
Category: Everything Else
    Home & Garden
Location: Various Venues - Victoria
, Victoria
This event is for Everyone
More Info: Ryan Rutley
Event Website
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