The Globe and Mail
Vancouver’s Cottonwood Community Gardens is not a typical community garden space where raised beds line up in neat rows and space for fruit trees is set off to one side.
In Cottonwood, which sits on a pie-shaped slice of city-owned land just off Malkin Avenue on the south edge of Strathcona Park, curved paths meander through a mix of 150 garden plots and mature trees. There is an Asian plant section with a mulberry tree producing fruit that tastes a bit like raspberry, a huge kiwi arbour and Asian plums. Another portion is reserved for native plant species: cedar, birch and bitter cherry. There is a wildness about the place that is in keeping with its origins – it was founded in 1992 by guerrilla gardeners from Strathcona and Grandview Woodlands, neighbourhoods known for producing fine yields of political activists.