07/27/2014 05:59 EDT | Updated 09/26/2014 05:59 EDT

Arbutus gardeners hold final party before CP Rail deadline

It was a bittersweet day for gardeners out in the sunshine yesterday, as their blooming plots along Vancouver's Arbutus rail corridor are slated for demolition by month's end.

No trains have run on the tracks for over a decade, but CP Rail says the line needs to be brought up to federal transportation standards to allow trains to start rolling once again.

- MORE | CP Rail orders Arbutus corridor community gardens, property, businesses to be removed

- MAP | Click here for an interactive map of the Arbutus Corridor rail line

The City of Vancouver wants the property to stay as it is, and Mayor Gregor Robertson says an offer at fair market value has been made.

But so far, no deal has been reached.

For now, CP's deadline for corridor users to remove their buildings, benches and beloved plants is July 31.

Click on the video above to hear from some of the longtime Arbutus corridor greenthumbs.