Photo of hands gardening


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

Trillium Awards

Do you have a beautiful front yard? Does your neighbour? If so, consider nominating a property for the Trillium Awards.

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.

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


Applications for funding will be open beginning February 3, 2020 until early March. You can email the City's Horticultural Technician should you have any questions at .

Community Gardens in St. Catharines

If your community garden is open to the public and you would like it to be listed on this page, please contact Project and Development Planner at 905.688.5601 ext. 3145 with the garden's name, location and contact information.

Queenston Neighbours Community Garden

Location: Centennial Gardens (321 Oakdale Ave.)

"Calling all gardeners! We'd love to get to know you and make sure the beautiful veggie gardens at Centennial Park are planted, cultivated, and produce fruit. 

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

Instagram: @queenstonneighbours
Facebook: @queenstonneighbours
Phone: 289.489.3283

Dig-Brock Community Garden

Location: Brock University (500 Glenridge Ave.) Garden located at the corner of Isaac Brock Blvd. and Flora Egerter Way

Contact: or 289.786.0970

Note: Brock students, staff and faculty have priority but registration is open to the public.

Grace Anglican Church

Location: 238 Geneva St. (next to Grace Anglican Church)

Contact: or 289.786.0970

Niagara Community Harvest

Location:3rd Street Louth or 289.407.3554 (Joe)

Stokes Village Garden

Location: 36 Page St.

Contact: or 289.786.0970

Torosian Park Community Care Garden

Location: Torosian Park (37 Ventura Dr.)

Contact: Danielle Cook at or 905.685.1349 ext. 241

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.  

 Free Mulch at Jaycee Gardens

 As you prepare your flower beds, keep in mind you can find free wood chips to use as mulch at Jaycee Gardens Park, 543 Ontario St.

Wood chips are available seasonally, from Monday to Friday, from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. The pile is located off the parking lot. You fill and are required to bring your own container.

Bulbs are also available for free on a seasonal basis. There are limited quantities located near the wood chips pile. Please be considerate and only take a reasonable quantity.

** Please note, bulbs are for residents only. It is preferred landscaping contractors leave bulbs for homeowners, as limited quantities are only available. Thank you.


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