Crown Point Garden Club

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So Many Plants!

Friday May 24– the evening before the big day. Members gathered at the Crown Point Community Church to receive, price, and organize plant donations.
It’s looking like we’ll have at least as many plants as last year with more natives and more veggies. Few succulents this year and we’re light on the annuals (the weather has just not cooperated!) but overall, we’re ready to go. 
The compost and woodchips arrived and the piles are smaller than expected, so the early bird gets the worm. But be aware that we’re opening at 10 a.m. and not a minute sooner:-)
The event will happen rain or shine. The weatherperson has been wrong so often this spring, so the predicted rain might just hold off. We have two canopies but these will not cover all the plants so please be prepared for mess. And please bring your own tote bags and/or trays to carry home your plants. 

See you tomorrow!!

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:

Seed Starting 101

Here is the two-page handout used at the Indoor Gardening seminar on Jan. 29 at the Hamilton Central Public Library. It will give you enough information to get started and introduce you to the main concepts.

Our logo, banner, and holiday sale

At our September meeting we approved a design for a club logo. Here it is:

The logo was used for our club banner, to be unveiled at our vendor table at the “Get Your Shopping Done” craft and vendor fair on Saturday December 2, 9:30 – 2:00 at Delta United Church (Ottawa St. just south of Main). Mark your calendars!

Our table offerings will include:

  • Acti-sol fertilizer and squirrel deterrent in trial-size bags (~2 lbs)
  • bags of Premier PGX seed starting (soil-less) mix. This is a super-fine mix that will increase your germination success, especially with tiny seeds
  • PLANTS! Lots of coleus, plectranthus and other house plants, grown and potted by club members

Pipeline Pollinator Paradise– what we’ve learned

Pipeline Pollinator Garden Aug 8 2017

Pipeline Pollinator Paradise, August 8, 2017.

The Pipeline Trail native plant garden, now in its third season, is in full “yellow daisy” display. It’s turned into a beautiful, lush, and remarkably garden-like feature on the west end of the trail. Here’s what we’ve learned about planting and maintaining a large garden, with volunteer labour, on public land, on terrible hard-packed clay.

  • Mulch mulch and more mulch. Plain old woodchips, at least three inches, will turn the clay into something plants can grow in. We are seeing worms, soil-dwelling insects and micro-fauna, and the beginnings of hyphae networks. Life is emerging, starting with the soil
  • weeding is very important. We stayed on top of the weeds for the first two summers. Now we can be less vigilant–soil disturbance is low so buried seeds don’t germinate.
  • Heliopsis helianthoides / Smooth Oxeye Daisy

    Heliopsis helianthoides / Smooth Oxeye Daisy with ripening berries from Sambucus canadensis / Elderberry shrub

  • Deadhead. Yes we want the birds to enjoy the seeds but we also have to consider that allowing volunteer seedlings creates a huge amount of work for us. The Coreopsis tripteris, wild geranium, and asters have been the most pesky. These plants need special attention
  • Be prepared to treat the space like a “real” garden. Plants will flop over (especially this year with all the rain and rampant growth) so staking and tying is necessary. Move and spread things so the garden looks good from several angles. Make sure species receive the sun they need. Add and rearrange plants so that something is in bloom in every area, all the time.
  • Monarda, Heliopsis, Pycnanthemum, Rosa virginiana

  • People are pigs. Yes, they throw pop bottles, cigarette butts, and all manner of garbage into the garden. We found a tray of cat litter. Also, some donations: hostas and morning glories. Be prepared for the work and always bring trash bags to a weeding session.
  • The wild strawberries (Fragaria virginica) do not play nice. They are easily the most aggressive plant in the garden and they should be given their own space. They completely overran the Carex they were planted with, requiring a rescue mission for the sedge.
  • Take photos and teach volunteers how to distinguish seedlings from weeds.
  • Pipeline Pollinator Garden, from west, Aug. 8, 2017

  • Keep an eye out for species that are struggling. We lost the Pearly Everlastings in the first winter and have not managed to re-establish them. The Liatris cylindracea never got established at all. We lost some native grasses, too.
  • Note which species are doing better than expected. The Penstemon hirsutus is thriving so we introduced Penstemon digitalis.
  • Fill in the bare areas or nature will do it for you.

Road Trip to Whistling Gardens

Mark your calendars and RSVP for the next garden club road trip. On Saturday July 22 we’ll be travelling to Norfolk County to visit the amazing Whistling Gardens. Car pool departure time is 12 noon from the H.G. Wallace parking lot at 151 Ottawa St. North. We’ve secured a group rate so the entry fee is only $11 per person– best to bring cash. Also there is a retail area for people who want to buy plants.

Time permitting we’ll be dropping by at least one garden center on the way home.

RSVP please to All neighbourhood gardeners are welcome to join in, even if this is your first garden club experience.

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).

Winter Sowing Night

With the weather finally cooperating we’re scheduling a winter sowing night for Thursday January 14 at 7 pm. Depending on the response it’ll be held either at my place or at the ARCH.  Please RSVP by Sunday, to

Information on winter sowing is a google-search away but here is a good comprehensive article for newbies:

You’ll need to bring your own supplies: containers, seeds, bags, soil or seed starting mix. I may be able to get a bale of mix from Wm. Dam but I’m not sure if their stock is in yet. Best to come prepared.

Hope to see you on the 14th!

– Bev

Species Inventory at Pipeline Trail Pollinator Garden

Pollinator Garden on Pipeline Trail, Aug. 28 2015

Pollinator Garden on Pipeline Trail, Aug. 28 2015

The species list has its own page here: species inventory page
See also the sidebar for link.

Reminder: Meeting tonight 7:30 pm

At the ARCH room, Main at Kenilworth (north east side, storefront door near entrance to Perkins Ctr)

– road trip
– parade float
– City communication re: community garden on PL Trail
– “plant of the month”
– berry patch
– gardens updates: Pollinator and Triangle
– door prizes!

Martinis afterwards at Black Sheep…

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