People, Plants and Homes

BC Housing set up this gardening program in 1977 to encourage public housing tenants to:

  • Beautify their homes with flowers
  • Grow fresh garden produce for themselves  
The program has been growing strong ever since. BC Housing provides free bedding plants and fertilizer each spring. We offer workshops on starting flower and vegetable seeds indoors, growing and using herbs, planting hanging baskets, starting gardens in containers and planting spring bulbs. In December, we also offer workshops on making holiday season centerpieces for your table, using fresh greenery.

Benefits of gardening 
Tenant gardeners have told us that gardening helps them in a number of ways:
  • Regular physical activity makes you a healthier person.
  • Gardening helps you feel better physically and emotionally.
  • Gardening is a form of creative expression.
  • Gardening helps you connect with others.
  • Gardening gets you outside in the fresh air and sunshine.
  • Gardening gives you beautiful flowers and fresh, nutritious vegetables.

Who is eligible to participate

Only individuals living in public housing managed directly by BC Housing are eligible to participate in the People, Plants and Homes program. If you are not sure if you qualify, please check the list of public housing developments managed by BC Housing by clicking here.

For more information

To find out more about the People, Plants and Homes program, contact (604) 433-1711 or email