Welcome to the High Street Park Community Garden!
The garden is located behind Brian Orser Arena, off of Gill Street in High Street Park.
2019 Update (as of March, 22, 2019)
The City has decided to implement a ‘pay to play’ garden education program in High Street Park, for youth, teens and adults (seniors), ranging from $45/hour to $55/hour (for non-residents). We are unsure how this new direction will impact communal gardening opportunities, which according to the City sanctioned survey, enjoys a large degree of support by neighbours and city residents. Learn more about the City’s take on community gardens -https://www.orillia.ca/en/living-here/communitygardens.aspx#
Due to the passage of the City of Orillia’s new community garden policy – (#220.127.116.11.) in the fall of 2016, we are anticipating some new developments in the gardens this year. OCG is awaiting the hiring of the new Community Garden coordinator, tasked with supporting the development of community gardens in Orillia and implementing the aforementioned policy. We look forward to working with the City and the CG coordinator on improving community access and participation in community gardening in Orillia.
Read it @ City of Orillia – Community Gardens Policy (See Section 18.104.22.168 starting page 33)
Co-created in the spring of 2011 by Orillia Community Gardens, the Orillia Youth Centre, and the City of Orillia, among countless other groups and individuals, the garden is now in its 9th season, and is tended by many diverse neighbours, school children, and community groups. While some have tended to specific plots, generally the work and harvest is shared by gardeners, neighbours, students, and anyone who’s hungry. It is just one of the many community gardens growing good food in the area.
The garden is free for all to use and enjoy. Are you hungry? If it’s ripe, pick it – it’s yours. Please take only what you need and leave some for others. Any contribution of ideas, time, labour, resources, no matter how small, is grapely appreciated.
Community members gather in the garden to plant, weed, water and harvest on a weekly basis, often daily during the peak growing season. OCG supports seasonal events with educational workshops, potlucks, and food gardening celebrations around the community. Keep your eyes peeled on this board for news, updates, events and what’s in season and ready to eat.
Contact us if you are interested in gardening in 2017, or simply want to learn more.
What’s growing in the garden?
In past years there were upwards of 50 or more varieties of edible plants growing in the garden – delicious fruits like Conchord grapes, apples, pears, strawberries, golden raspberries, black raspberries, ground cherries and more. Fragrant and flavourful herbs like basil, chives, parsley, thyme, chocolate mint, lemon balm, lovage, fennel, dill, chamomile and more – please harvest sparingly where appropriate! For vegetables we’ve got all the classics like heirloom tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, peas, beans, carrots, beets, radish, onions, squash, zucchini, cucumbers, parsnips, turnip, broccoli, cauliflower, cabbage, kale, lettuce, spinach and much more. Edible flowers look nice on top of a garden fresh salad – like borage, nasturtium and clover.