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Gardening

There are a number of ways you can contribute to the Garden City image. Click to view information on the following topics:

 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.

Interested in operating a community garden?

 

The City is looking for a community garden coordinator to organize, plan, administer and manage the community garden at Centennial Garden. The new coordinator must enter into a lease agreement with the City and obtain the required insurances to be eligible.

The City supports and encourages community gardens on City-owned parkland for the purpose of growing produce for personal consumption or donation. There are six community gardens in St. Catharines that bring people together and offer opportunities to garden, grow food and socialize. Community gardens also contribute to biodiversity of species and support pollinators.

Individuals and organizations should contact Jessica Button, the City's community garden liaison by email or phone at 905.688.5601 ext. 3145 for more information and to express their interest. The deadline to submit interest is Tuesday, Feb. 16.

City staff will review all expressions of interest. The selected coordinator will be expected to operate under the City's policy for community gardens on City-owned land.

Some of the community garden coordinator's responsibilities include:

  • developing garden policies, such as those relating to plot allocation, fees, and waitlists
  • recruiting volunteers
  • coordinating municipal services, such as garbage pickup and water service
  • paying for utilities
  • completing annual reports

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.

Centennial Teaching Gardens

Location: Centennial Gardens (321 Oakdale Ave.)

Contact: 289-786-0970

Dig-Brock Community Garden

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

Contact: gardens@niagarasustainability.org 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: gardens@niagarasustainability.org or 289-786-0970

Niagara Community Harvest

Location:3rd Street Louth

Contact:communityharvest@cogeco.ca or 289-407-3554 (Joe)

Stokes Village Garden

Location: 36 Page St.

Contact: gardens@niagarasustainability.org or 289-786-0970

Torosian Park Community Care Garden

Location: Torosian Park (37 Ventura Dr.) Contact: maxine.p@communitycarestca.ca or 905-227-9240

Note: For clients of Community Care of St. Catharines and Thorold or Niagara Regional Housing WAITLIST

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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