Request youth-grown native plants for your community project!
EYA youth pour kindness, curiosity and love into growing thousands of native plants in our Downtown Eastside nursery each year… and now is the time for us to pass on the gifts our honoured plant teachers have shared with us!
Our youth-grown plants are available for free/by donation to:
- Indigenous-led garden projects across the Lower Mainland region
- Black-led garden projects across the Lower Mainland region
- Schools based in East Vancouver
- Community groups based in East Vancouver
Looking for plants for your backyard or patio? Native plant bundles for home gardeners will be available to pre-order through our Native Plant Fundraiser starting April 12. To receive the link, sign up for our newsletter.
2022 Plant availability <- click this link to view or download the printable list
The list includes a summary of our available plants and their preferred conditions for soil, water and sunlight. Use this as a quick reference rather than a complete guide to understanding plant needs.
Plant care & health
Before placing your order, we encourage you to seek understanding of the unique growing needs of these plant relations. To support their health, it’s important to know whether you have the space/resources to meet their needs. If you need to grow your plant knowledge, below are some suggested resources to help you:
- Teachings from local Indigenous Elders, knowledge keepers and herbalists
- Eflora BC
- Satinflower Nurseries
- Prairie Moon Nursery
- Fire Effects Information System (USDA) – Be sure to search by scientific name (common names are often different in the US.)
- Plants of the Pacific Northwest by Pojar and Mackinnon (book)
To request plants, please complete this form (also available at the bottom of this page). If you need guided support completing the form, please email email@example.com or leave a voicemail at (604) 689-4446 to plan a meeting to complete your request over the phone.
We offer a maximum of 70 plants per community group (depending on the volume of requests we receive). More may be available to groups managing multiple projects, so feel welcome to request more.
Our deadline for requests is Sunday April 3, 2022, 11:59PM. Late requests may also be accepted, depending on remaining availability.
Confirming your order
Our Plant Nursery Manager will be in touch by Monday April 11th to confirm plant availability and to send you a link to register to pick up your plants at our nursery.
Pick up location & times
EYA’s plant nursery is located on unceded xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səlilwətaɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish) territories in what is colonially known as Strathcona Community Garden (759 Malkin Ave).
Confirmed orders will be sent an email with specific directions, as well as a link to book a pick up time via the Calendly app.
Pick up times will be offered during the following dates/times:
- Friday April 22 – 1pm – 5pm
- Sunday April 24 – 1pm – 5pm
- Tuesday April 26 – 1pm – 5pm
- Friday April 29 – 10am – 1pm
COVID-19: To ensure the safety of our staff and youth, please wear a mask when picking up your plants. If you’re feeling sick, contact us to arrange an alternate pick-up time.
There are several ways you can give back to support our work:
- Donate to EYA (via credit card). An automated receipt will be issued. We don’t accept other forms of donations at this time.
- Share a post highlighting the story of your planting project on social media, tagging us:
- Create a short write up for our newsletter, sharing on your planting project and its impact. Send submissions (including photos) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Our plant nursery is located within the Japanese beetle restriction zone. We work closely with the CFIA to ensure our practices stay in compliance with regulations to prevent their spread. As a precaution we’re required to record the address(es) of the final destination of each individual plant (collected through our request form).
Questions? Our Nursery Manager Marika (email@example.com) would be happy to help!