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Gardening

There are a number of ways you can contribute to the Garden City image. 

Trillium Awards

Nominations for the Trillium Awards program are currently closed. 

 

Check back in the spring for further details on the 2021 Trillium Program and when the nomination form will be open.

Edible Front Yard Gardens

Planting and growing edible plants in your front yard has a number of benefits, including:
  • Convenient access to delicious, nutritious food

  • Increasing biodiversity in your neighbourhood

  • Adding beauty to your outdoor space

  • Fostering discussion and awareness of the importance of local food security

  • Opportunity to learn from and to teach others

Don't know where to start? An Edible Front Yard Garden Toolkit has been developed to give you some ideas.

Edible Garden at Centennial Library

The City will be planting and maintaining an edible garden in the courtyard in front of the Centennial Library. All produce will be donated to Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold.

Pollinator Gardens

Over 75 per cent of all plants on earth rely on pollinators suchs as bees, bats and insects, to reproduce. One in every three bites of food you eat is there thanks to a pollinator. Residents can help pollinators thrive by planting pollinator-friendly plants in their gardens, choosing multiple varieties to ensure pollinator plants are flower in spring, summer and fall.

Native pollinator-friendly plants include:

  • Wild geranium
  • Wild columbine
  • Purple coneflower
  • Blazing star
  • Wild bergamont
  • New England aster

For a full list of pollinator-friendly plants, tips on pollinator gardens, and more information please see our Pollinator Garden Guide.

Policy for Community Gardens on City Land

The City of St. Catharines supports and encourages the development of community gardens on City-owned parkland and other municipal property, where appropriate, by community groups and organizations. The Community Gardens Policy outlines the protocol for community organizations to lease City land to operate a community garden. For the purpose of this policy community gardens are generally defined as an area of land managed and maintained by a group of individuals for the purpose of cultivation of plants for personal consumption or donation.

Role of the Community Organization

The community organization is responsible for entering into an agreement with the City and organizing, planning, constructing, administering, financing and managing the garden. Community organizations must be legal entities, such as not-for-profit corporations, that are capable of entering into a lease agreement with the City and obtaining the required insurances (e.g. general liability insurance for property damage and public liability).

If you are involved with an organization that is interested in starting a community garden please contact the Project and Development Planner at 905-688-5601 ext. 3145.

Community Garden Funding Application

 

Looking to start up a new community garden or grow an existing one? The City of St. Catharines is offering funding to help community gardens take root. The Community Gardens Funding Program provides matching funds for the capital costs of community gardens in St. Catharines.

Incorporated charities and not-for-profit groups looking to build or expand a community garden can apply for matching funds from the City to cover up to half of eligible start-up costs, including lumber, soil, seeds, rain barrels and other materials and necessary tools.

 

2021 applications are currently open until Wednesday, March 10.

 

For additional information and to apply head over to https://www.engagestc.ca/community-gardens.

 

You can email the City’s Horticultural Technician should you have any questions.

Community Gardens in St. Catharines

Below is a list of community gardens in City parks and greenspaces. 

 

For a full list of community gardens in St. Catharines and the Niagara Region please visit the Niagara Community Garden Network website:

https://niagaracommunitygardens.ca/

 

Centennial Community Garden

Location: Centennial Gardens (321 Oakdale Ave.)


If you're a previous gardener or would like a plot at the Centennial Park Community Gardens please call 289.489.3283 or email queenstonneighbours@gmail.com 

Contact:
Web: Queenstonneighbours.weebly.com
Instagram: @queenstonneighbours
Facebook: @queenstonneighbours

Partners in Planting Community Garden

Location: Torosian Park (37 Ventura Dr.)

Contact: Danielle Cook at resources@communitycarestc.ca or 905.685.1349 ext. 241

 

Buchanan House Teaching Gardens

Location: Buchanan House (360 Niagara St.)

Contact: Yaneth Londono at yanethld@linksforgreenerlearning.org

 

Water Conservation

 

Read the Guide to Wise Water Use to learn about how to conserve water while maintaining a beautiful lawn and garden or consider purchasing a rain barrel

 Call Before You Dig

There may be a number of utilities or services underground that cannot be seen from the surface. Before you dig contact Ontario One Call for information on free underground utility locates. Don't forget to call any utilities or agencies that are not members of Ontario One Call.

Some utility providers require setbacks for vegetation. You are responsible for contacting any applicable utility providers about these setbacks.  

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