Victory Garden

Now Is the Perfect Time for a Victory Garden

2020 will be remembered as a year of great challenges. From our parents to our
great-grandparents, WW II was their monumental challenge. “Victory” vegetable
gardens were grown on the home front to combat hunger, fuel shortages, and
scant resources. A bounty of good health and balm for the soul during those trying
years, renewed interest in gardening could do the same for us, too.

In that spirit, the Southwood Community Association and Southwood Community Gardens, along with other Calgary communities, is encouraging every household in the district to grow a vegetable garden this year and join the Grow Your Own Victory Garden project. Large or small – in yards, on balconies, or in community gardens – we can transform our little patches of dirt into something both practical and wonderful!

For newcomers and experienced gardeners alike, simple, step-by-step gardening
articles and videos can be found at As the season progresses,
you can check the website to find links to timely horticultural advice.

Gardening nourishes the body, calms the soul, and saves on household costs. The
simple act of nurturing tiny seeds into something edible by summer’s end gives
us something lovely to look forward to. As Audrey Hepburn once said, “To plant a
garden is to believe in tomorrow.”

Please join us by growing your own Victory Garden!

Southwood Community Garden

Garden On! Online! May 5, 7-9


Tue, May 5, 2020

7:00 PM – 9:00 PM MDT

Eventbrite link

How to Get the Most out of your Raised Garden Bed


The 2nd of a series of 4 workshops this garden season; our webinar talk and demos will get you energized for the garden season ahead. Getting lots of great produce out of a smaller space can be challenging, but there’s lots of ways to do it!

  • Most productive edibles for the space;
  • Seeds versus seedlings;
  • Seedlings: buying, hardening off, planting and early protection;
  • When to plant;
  • Planting strategies- square foot; succession; companion planting
  • Harvesting strategies – how they affect how you plant

We would love to everyone interested in gardening to join us!

Garden On! is sponsored by greengate Garden Centre. All participants will be entered in draw to win 1 of 4 $25 Greengate gift cards!

Funds raised will help support the Host Community Gardens!

How it works!

You register through Eventbrite, and on the day of the event you will be sent the On-line login information through GoToMeeting. You can join with webcam enabled or just audio through your computer, and can also call in with your phone. Easy-peasy!


Janet Melrose, Calgary’s Cottage Gardener specializing in garden, coaching education and Horticultural Therapy will be leading the sessions. Follow Janet on Facebook.

Why pre-paid registrations ?

To ensure that Garden On! is sustainable over time, we need to move to pre-registration for our events.

How can I contact the organizers with questions?

Please Email:


May Garden On! Herbs! May 13

2019 05 Garden On Poster

The 2nd of a series of 4 talks this garden season; this talk along with hands on activities will get you pumped about herbs!

Herbs not only enhance the beauty of your garden but can liven up your cooking and benefit your health too! Versatile, easy to plant and care for, relatively trouble free, and multitudes of way to incorporate them into your garden make learning and using herbs almost a requirement for the edible gardener to grow and enjoy in the Calgary Garden.

In our informal workshop learn:

-Just what makes a herb a herb;

-The functions of herbs in the garden;

-Some of the best herbs to grow in Calgary

-How to propagate by seed, division, layering and cuttings;

-Caring for your herbs throughout the season

-Harvesting, using and preserving your herbs

Plus, you will have the opportunity to plant up a container with a selection of herb seedlings to grow and enjoy this season.

All materials and equipment supplied.

Register through eventbrite

Garden with us!


We have had a volunteer come forward to help with membership coordination so we will be sending out contracts and assigning beds for the 2019 season.

Priority will go to Southwood residents but those from surrounding neighbourhoods are welcome to apply.

Membership for the season is $20 plus a $50 deposit for the first year and you need to be a member of the Southwood Community Association. (

Please email if you are interested in renting a bed, volunteering in another aspect or just getting on the email list.

Urgent need for Membership Coodinator – 2019

SCGarden-Web_Bed Rental
We need someone to coordinate members for the 2019 season or we will not have beds for rent this season. Please contact Teresa at as soon as possible.

The volunteer membership coordinator collects contract/payments/deposits for those interested in renting garden beds in 2019 ensuring all members have a Southwood Community Association membership. They would then pass on payments to the treasurer for deposit and assign beds for the season (People usually have the ability to request the bed they had last year).

The membership coordinator would reach out to members who have shown interest on their contracts to coordinate workdays/meetings (ordering compost, compost turning, compost spreading, mulch laying, watering…). They would also assign monthly to-do lists and ensure that members are taking care of their beds and the communal spaces. At the end of the season, they would make sure beds are appropriately cleaned up and return/destroy bed deposits.