Published in the Royal City Record on July 1, 2009
Gardens Highlighted: Unique balcony garden program will be on display at farmers’ market
By Theresa McManus
The Biggest Little Garden in Town will be making an appearance at the Royal City Farmers Market tomorrow, July 2.
Fraserside Community Services started the program three years ago to give local residents living in apartments or townhouses access to home-grown, fresh vegetables.
Members of the program receive a three-tiered cedar garden box container, soil, a variety of vegetable plants/seeds, tools and a handbook for free, but people not participating in the program or living outside New Westminster can buy the three-tiered containers that include a trellis.
“They are not actually for sale at the market,” said program coordinator Laurie Clarke. “It is to view them and take orders.”
While the free containers have been distributed to participants for the 2009 growing season, Fraserside is still selling the three-tiered cedar garden boxes to raise funds for the Biggest Little Garden in Town program.
People from as far away as Hawaii, Chicago and Los Angeles have inquired about how they would go about implementing similar programs and inquired about buying the three-tiered containers.
Fraserside is selling the containers for $168 ($150 plus tax). People will also receive a $20 tax receipt from Fraserside.
For more information or to buy a three-tiered container, call Fraserside at 604-522-3722 or Laurie Clarke at 604-512-6896.
The Royal City Farmers Market runs on Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. in city hall’s Fourth Street parking lot, beside Friendship Gardens and Tipperary Park.