Our Story

In 2000 the Columbia Valley Botanical Gardens was formed and focused on the development of community and school gardens in the communities of the Upper Columbia Region.

Like the mission of all botanical gardens around the world, the CVBG sought to develop plant collections and gardens that protected plant species and presented them to people to advance our understanding of values associated with biodiversity, spiritual, educational and economic value – essentially show how plants are an integral part of human survival and quality of all life on earth.

Today, the CVBG is now Groundswell Network Society but we have not abandoned our roots in the plant world, rather we have added value and broadened our scope to include all areas of human activity as it affects our sustainable future.  Renewable energy, water, food, plants, green transportation, local economic development; these are just a few of the areas Groundswell continues to deliver successful projects in at a community level. In reality all of these project relate to the living world of which plants are a vital component.


Groundswell Network Society promotes community sustainability through education and by the advancement of innovative projects that result in health for people, the environment and the economy. The Community Greenhouse and Gardens are our flagship projects and shining examples of the power of collaborative community effort.

We invite you to explore Groundswell’s projects here online but also in the real living world.  Become a member, plant a seed, take a course, develop a project, turn our compost pile, volunteer your time, lend financial support, visit our award winning Community Greenhouse and gardens, bring a senior or a young person with you; “The World is run by those that show up”

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