Downsizing to an apartment or condominium can sometimes be a big adjustment for new homeowners. There is often the misconception that these smaller living spaces limit green space and the opportunity for gardening. However, Vancouver’s approximately 2,500 public garden plots and over 70 community gardens clearly contradicts this misunderstanding— gardening is attainable for everyone, regardless of where you live!
Community gardens are increasingly popular spaces in the City of Vancouver. Many of these gardens are located at the end of blocks, on land parallel to streets, along the old tramlines and well as in parks. These gardens are recognized as important neighbourhood gathering places, which promote community vitality, sustainable living and crime reduction.
Community gardens are also a great way to improve mental health and overall well-being. Research shows that residents who participate in public gardening increase their physical activity and improve their mental health by working in the garden, socializing with other fellow gardeners, and contributing to the community as a whole. In addition, these individuals maintain a healthier diet by eating locally grown foods.
Many apartment, condominiums and corporate office buildings have also adopted rooftop gardens as a means of promoting more sustainable community spaces. The purposed million-square-foot Telus headquarters building in Downtown Vancouver, for instance, plans on featuring more than 10,000 square feet of green roof space. This is just another great example of Vancouver’s initiative to be the greenest city in the world by 2020.
If you are interested in purchasing an apartment or condominium in Vancouver, make sure to check out the local green spaces in the area. Also, speak to a Vancouver REALTOR® such as myself. I would be happy to provide any information on local community gardens and building green spaces. ….and if you have trouble finding a garden, my yard might be available in exchange for some of the crop!