The University Neighbourhoods Association has five community gardens where residents can grow their own food and flowers, connecting with the UNA community and the natural world.
The UNA provides residents with the opportunity to join community gardens. With five garden sites containing over 200 assigned plots plus the Old Barn Children’s Garden, UNA residents can grow their own food and flowers while connecting to their community and environment.
The first garden, Hawthorn Garden, was opened in 2008, followed shortly by Rhodo Garden. Nobel Garden was opened in 2012. The Greenway Gardens opened in 2021, for a total of 230 plots between the five gardens.
The community gardens are managed by the UNA, and supported by volunteer community garden committees.
The Old Barn Children’s Garden opened in 2009 and is a communal garden that invites families to get their hands dirty while getting excited about plants and the natural world. The Children’s Garden is a community-led project that includes local youth volunteers. The garden supports community engagement through its volunteer involvement, nurtures and supports a love of nature and gardening, and teaches children, youth and interested adults about organic gardening.