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Seeding mix for sale

The Crown Point Garden Club will be at Hamilton Seedy Saturday on February 4, 2023, with a vendor table and garden-related goodies for sale. We’ll have bags of plug and germination mix, one of our popular items from pre-Covid Seedy Saturday events.

This peat and perlite based soil-less mix is an extra fine, greenhouse-grower quality Pro-mix especially made for seed germination. We are selling it in 1.5 lb (dry weight) bags for $3.00 per bag or two bags for $5.00.

Each bag is enough for four (possibly five) pop-bottle type wintersowing containers.

If you’ve tried germinating tiny seeds and had disappointing results, this seeding mix may be the answer.

photo of bag of germination & plug mix for seed germination.
Germination and plug mix for sale. $3.00 per 1.5 lb (dry weight) bag or two for $5.00. All Proceeds go to the Crown Point Garden Club. Payment by Interac e-transfer. Contact if you’re interested. Delivery can be arranged.

Containers available
For people who enjoy winter sowing native plants, the consistency and quality of this mix is perfect for the dust-like seeds of many native species.

If you’d like to try winter sowing, we are offering containers for $1 each. They’re clean and pre-cut to size, with venting and drainage holes already made– ready for you to fill, sow, and label.

'nesting'winter sowing containers made from coke bottles.
‘Nesting’ containers for winter sowing. Made from 2-litre pop bottles. Vent and drainage holes already cut.

If you’re unable to attend Seedy Saturday and you’d like to purchase mix or containers, please email

annotated photo of completed pop-bottle type winter sowing container.
Completed ‘nesting coke bottle’ container for winter sowing.
Wintersowing success!

For detailed information on wintersowing (links open in new tab:

Winter Sowing- Before You Start
Winter Sowing- Step by Step
Winter Sowing- Container Choices

Sept. 15 work party at DePave

Mark your calendars for Saturday September 15 (2018) for a hour or so of weeding, planting, and trash pickup at the DePave Garden. Meet at 3:00 pm at the garden (corner of Kenilworth and Britannia). Dress for mess, wear gloves, closed-toe shoes, and bring tools.

Walking Tour of Crown Point Public Gardens

In celebration of National Garden Days the Crown Point Garden Club will host a walking tour of the public gardens it maintains. Mark your calendars for the evening of Tuesday June 19. The free, 1.5 km tour starts at 6:30 p.m. sharp. Meet at the trailhead of the Pipeline Trail, behind the Dairy Queen at the corner of Main and Ottawa. Route details are below

All are welcome. Feel free to meet the tour at any point on the route.

The route:
– east on the trail to the Pollinator garden and Triangle Garden.
– left/north at Park Row to the Park Row Boulevard pollinator patches
– possible side trip to Cunningham parkette, site of future garden
– east on Cannon to Kenilworth to the DePave Garden at corner of Britannia and Kenilworth
– social gathering to follow. Manacala? Merk?

Questions? Send us an email via the online form on the contact page:

Seedy Saturday 2018

This year’s Seedy Saturday was held on the mountain at St. Marguerite d’Youville School. It was great to see the “regulars” from Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds and Urban Harvest and Anything Grows. Some new faces this year: Anita from Annelid Cycle and Alyson at Cottage Botanicals. Matchbox Seeds was back but I don’t recall seeing Hope Seeds in the past.
Our little table for the Crown Point Garden Club had lots of visitors. It was great to meet some of our Facebook friends in person. We sold out completely–all the Acti-sol, PGX seed starting mix, and Bee Friendly fertilizer. Proceeds go to supporting the community work of the club.

Here’s a shot of Fran and Bev on duty. More photos to come…

Roses 101

Roses! The quintessential beauty of the garden. We love them, but sometimes we struggle with them. But they don’t have to be difficult or finicky. Learn how to choose, site, plant, and care for roses. Good choices and improved knowledge will result in a long-lived, robust and, of course, gorgeous display in your garden.

On Wednesday November 22 our special guest speaker is Elizabeth Schleicher from the Hamilton & Burlington Rose Society. Elizabeth will talk about growing roses. Elizabeth is an accredited judge of horticulture and design. Her passion for roses inspired her to become an accredited Canadian Rose Society rose judge.

She is past president of the Canadian Rose Society and her local club, the Hamilton and Burlington Rose Society.

Currently Elizabeth is Flower Show chair for Burlington Horticultural Society and Secretary for Garden Clubs of Ontario, Judges’ Council. She also is an active member in numerous other societies.

In her free time she enjoys the hobbies of photography, gardening, travel and jewellery crafts.

All are welcome to attend this presentation. There is no charge but there will be a donation box at the door if you’d like to support the work of the club.

Attack of the Invasives!

Attack of the Invasive Plants graphicOur next meeting features a special guest speaker and a topic that vexes so many gardeners. Claudette Sims, President of the Master Gardeners of Ontario and area resident, presents “Attack of the Invasive Plants: Identify, Counter-Attack and Eliminate”. Her talk will be followed by the regular meeting of the Crown Point Garden Club. Everyone is welcome to attend one or both– come for the educational first half and stay for the action-packed second half.

The event is on Wednesday October 25 at 7:00 p.m. The location is the L.O.S.T. storefront at 148 Ottawa Street, right across the street from our usual meeting spot. The L.O.S.T. organization has a lovely renovated space that is used for yoga classes and this will be their first time hosting a public event. We are glad they’ve offered their space to us. Visit their web site at

Here’s the event poster as a pdf to view or download: Attack of the Invasive Plants PDF

Claudette Sims is a retired educator and has been a member of Halton Region Master Gardeners since 2004. After serving as coordinator of her group, she was proud to continue working as Zone 5 Director and is presently president of Master Gardeners of Ontario. She loves to attract wildlife to her garden and has increasing knowledge and admiration for our beautiful native plants. Her “Fifty Shades of Shade” blog posts support her appearances on local Cable TV. Other interests include travelling, line dancing, singing, ukulele and most recently trying to learn to play the harmonica.

Attack of the Invasive plants: Identify, Counter Attack and Eliminate
We are under attack from alien species, but they’re not from outer space. Learn how to counterattack and save your part of the planet. What’s an invasive plant? How’d it get here? How do I get rid of it?

Next up: Shade Plants!

shade plants on MoBot web site

“Problem Solver Plants for Heavy Shade” on Missouri Botanical Garden Web site

The best reason to NOT miss the April meeting (on Wednesday the 26th) is the peer coaching topic: “shade plants” presented by Gerry Cragg and his crew from the RBG Auxiliary. Club member and Crown Point resident Jerry was team leader for the dedicated group of volunteers who propagated shade-tolerant plants for the RBG’s annual plant sale. The plant sale no longer happens (it’s morphed into the “Plant Faire” see link below) but Gerry and the shade gang have stayed in contact. They will be joining us to share, via powerpoint and discussion, their knowledge about plants that grow best in low light.

Plant Faire graphic

Click to visit the “Plant Faire” page on RBG site

The meeting starts at 7:00 p.m. at 151 Ottawa Street North (the L.G. Wallace Funeral Home building, in the second floor lounge).

Stratford Road Trip

stratfordgardenfest2017Saturday March 4 will be our first road trip of the season! The Stratford Garden Festival is a truly excellent event with great speakers, a ton of vendors, and all supporting the Lung Association. For details about the program and vendors, visit

We’ll be car-pooling. Departure time is 9 a.m. sharp so please arrive early so we can arrange passengers/drivers. The meeting spot is the parking lot at the back of the Perkins Center, 1429 Main St. East, just east of Kenilworth on the north side.

You must RSVP– we are arranging a group discount and we need to know how many are in the group. Please confirm by sending an email to: If we have 12 people signed up, the ticket price will be $7. If less than 12, the ticket price is $9. In either case it is payable at the door.

The return time is flexible. Some people may want to stay until 2:30 in order to catch Sean James’ presentation on flowers for bees and butterflies.

Winter Sowing Workshop 2017

Want to learn how to winter sow? Check out these online resources:
Video on YouTube

In partnership with Hamilton’s Pollinator Paradise Project we’ve scheduled the 2017 winter sowing workshop. It’s a hands-on, open-to-the-public event on Wednesday Feb. 8 at 7:00 p.m. at Evergreen’s Collaboration Station at 294 James St. North, just south of Barton on the east side of James. Parking is on the street. The Evergreen space is just right– big, with lots of big tables to work on. The event is free but pre-registration is required, through EventBrite. Please register EARLY– the space is big but it is possible that we’ll need to cut off registrations if there’s a huge response.

Here’s the registration link:eventbrite link

Winter sowing

Winter sowing

You need bring your own seeds and supplies. Suggested supplies include:

  • clean containers (clear plastic litre-sized pop bottles, translucent gallon-sized milk jugs, mushroom tubs with a clear plastic bag)
  • potting/seeding mix (available for sale at the event for $5 per bag, free for Crown Point Garden Club volunteers)
  • a bucket, bin, or large bowl
  • a water bottle
  • scissors or a sharp knife
  • a permanent felt marker and/or plant markers (for labelling your containers with the species)
  • seeds! If your seed is not in retail packets you’ll need to research (in advance) sowing details (seeding depth and any special requirements such as soaking or nicking)
  • a means to carry home your filled tubs/containers. Remember, they’ll be heavy

If you’re new to winter sowing, please check out for information. Or watch this video:

Remember to dress for mess. Bring seeds for swapping/sharing if you have extras.

Although the event is free we’ll be requesting donations to the Pollinators Paradise Project (PPP), our organizing partner on this workshop. PPP is behind so much of the work being doing in Hamilton for pollinator awareness and habitat creation.

Delta Craft & Vendor Sale– Sat. Dec. 3 2016

plants getting ready to spread holiday cheer. Plectranthus, Coleus, Hibiscus acetosella, and more!

plants getting ready to spread holiday cheer. Plectranthus, Coleus, Hibiscus acetosella, and more!

The Garden Club has accepted Delta United Church’s kind offer of a table at their second annual “Get Your Shopping Done” craft and vendor sale on Saturday December 3. Doors open at 9:30 a.m. and the event runs until 2:00 p.m. $2 admission includes your door prize ticket!

More than 40 vendors, direct sales, and many craft and one-of-a-kind artisans will be there. There will be everything you need to finish (or start!) your Christmas shopping! A large bake table and lunch items will also be available for purchase.

Our new photo / promo display!

Our new photo / promo display!

The Crown Point Garden Club will have several items for sale:

Acti-Sol pelletized hen manure, excellent organic fertilizer with the added bonus of deterring squirrels 5-3-2 on the NPK. It’s a Canadian product, very popular and difficult to find at retail outlets. Visit Acti-Sol web site in new tab

PLANTS! We’ve taken cuttings of our best and favourite plants for you to keep as permanent houseplants or save for your summer garden as fillers for containers and those annoying bare spaces after the spring bulbs fade. Several varieties of Coleus, two varieties of Plectranthus, Hibiscus acetosella (the “Instant Maple Tree”), spider plants, and more surprises. All nicely potted in sterile mix.

2x3" cells for sale as fundraiser  (oops spilled some)

2×3″ cells for sale as fundraiser
(oops spilled some)

Seed-starting mini-trays and mix. We have super-fine Premier PGX seeding mix, a peat and vermiculite based medium for seed starting. If you’ve had trouble starting seeds indoors, this could be the solution to seedling success in 2017. Sold in home-gardener sized bags. This is not available at retail, so give it a try.

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