People working in a street garden

The Green Streets Program: Volunteer gardening on traffic calming spaces

The Green Streets program began as a pilot project with 15 volunteer gardeners. Since then, Green Streets has bloomed into a program with hundreds of gardeners caring for planted traffic circles and street corners across Vancouver.

Green Streets gardens not only enhance public space, they help manage rainwater, provide habitat for wildlife, and add a touch more green space to the communities where we live, work, and play.

Green Street gardeners help street gardens around the city grow to their full potential by providing year-round care including weeding, pruning, and other maintenance.

Contact Green Streets

Green Streets Program
Street Activities
Engineering Services
320-507 West Broadway
Vancouver, BC  V5Z 0B4


Street gardens looking for volunteers

A green Green Streets sign means a garden is available to tend          

If you're interested in tending a street garden, look for a sign in the garden. The sign will indicate whether the garden is available to tend, or if it's already being cared for.

Apply to be a Green Streets volunteer

Benefits of volunteer gardening

Volunteer gardeners gain a greater sense of community, make new friends, and experience the joy of seeing a job well done.

In addition to sharing knowledge with one another, volunteer gardeners with the Green Streets program receive:

  • Free compost in spring and fall
  • Advance notification of any plant giveaways
  • A subscription to the Green Streets newsletter
  • An invitation to the autumn Green Streets Garden Party, where the City celebrates the achievements of Green Streets volunteers
  • Access to the expertise of mentor gardeners with the Master Gardeners Association of BC

Planting a Green Streets garden

Most Green Streets gardens come planted by the City with drought-tolerant and some evergreen plants for year-round interest. Garden design support is also available to Green Streets gardeners.

Report vegetation issues

Let us know about plants that need maintenance on city streets, including traffic circles, medians, islands, and corner bulges.

Report a vegetation issue

Help to create and maintain green spaces in Vancouver

Green Streets garden care tips

Check out our tips for creating a safe, healthy, and visually pleasing street garden.

Safe gardening on streets

Gardens on City streets are close to vehicle traffic. You can keep yourself safe while gardening if you remember these tips.

Recommended plant list

Ensure plants used in street gardens will provide visual enjoyment all year long. View the list of shrubs and plants that fluorish well in Vancouver, and meet Green Streets height requirements.

Report boulevard maintenance issues

Report boulevard maintenance issues such as damage and pests. You are responsible for taking care of the boulevard next to the property you own.

Traffic calming in Vancouver

Traffic calming and safety

How we use traffic calming measures to keep the roads safe and tips for safe driving.