Located at 2139 Sooke Road, the West Shore Organic Teaching Garden is a partnership between the YMCA-YWCA of Vancouver Island and School District 62. Featuring an orchard of heritage apple trees, herb beds and berry patches, a perennial garden, large raised garden beds, and a productive vegetable garden, the Teaching Garden has grown from humble beginnings in 2008 as a barren patch of schoolyard thanks to the efforts of our volunteers and supporters.

If you are interested in renting a garden box ($30+tax/year per 7’x3’x2’ box) or in volunteering opportunities at the Teaching Garden please contact the teachinggarden@victoriay.com.

 2016 Summer Harvest

The Teaching Garden provided over 60kg of produce to Y Community Health programs this summer.  These programs include the Y Pandora Youth Apartments and the Young Moms Program at Kiwanis Family Centre.  The summer harvest included vegetables such as carrots, onions, beets, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, corn and much more!

Spring Garden Workshops

All workshops include instruction and materials.  Fees are per person.  To register visit one of our locations in person Downtown Y, Westhills Y or Eagle Creek Y.   Y Members with credit card information on file may call 250-386-7511 to register.

Seedlings and Compost

Come and celebrate Earth Day Weekend at the Teaching Garden! We’ll learn  how to grow vegetables from seed, make organic potting soil and compost. You get to take your seedlings home and turn them into food.


Location Day Time Dates
2139 Sooke Rd. Sunday 2:00-4:00pm April 23 2017

Strawberry Baskets

Come and get your hands dirty with us at the Organic Teaching Garden this Mother’s day at the West Shore Learning Centre. To celebrate Mother’s day we are inviting guardians and children to the garden to make hanging strawberry baskets!

We will cover topics that include the importance of organic gardening, how to care for potted plants and how to make an organic fertilizer. Take home your own hanging potted strawberry plants!


Location Day Time Dates
2139 Sooke Rd. Sunday 2:00-4:00pm May 14 2017

Potted Vegetable/Flower Bouquet

Come and join us in the Teaching Garden at the West Shore Learning Centre where we’ll instruct guardians and children how to grow a bouquet of edible flowers and vegetables in a pot. Learn about companion planting, beneficial insects and how to care for potted plants.


Location Day Time Dates
2139 Sooke Rd. Sunday 2:00-4:00pm June 11 2017

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