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Pipeline Garden receives “Greener Greenspace” recognition

Pipeline Trail garden June-2020
Pipeline Trail Pollinator Paradise, June 2020

In the fall of 2021 the Crown Point Garden Club responded to a call for applications from the Society for Organic Urban Landcare (SOUL) for its innaugural “Greener Greenspaces” recognition program.

On December 21, SOUL announced the recipients. The club’s garden on the Pipeline Trail in East Hamilton was among 26 sites that made the grade, and one of six in the Pollinator and Habitat Garden category.

Greener Greenspaces recognizes Canadian sites that are great examples of ecologically focused land care. SOUL will be showcasing these green spaces to inspire gardeners and “further the movement.”

Completing a detailed questionnaire and submitting photos, club member Bev Wagar celebrated the beauty, history, and ecological function of the club’s first public garden project on Hamilton’s Pipeline Trail (between Edgemont and Park Row). The Pipeline Pollinator Paradise (the garden’s formal name) is about 90% native species. “It’s mature now,” says Bev “but we are still adding and editing as the soil improves, shrubs spread, and shade increases.”

She adds, “We are always looking for volunteers to help with weeding and, when absolutely necessary, watering. It’s a great way to learn about native plants up close.”

The club also maintains a large public garden on Kenilworth between Cannon and Britannia which also gratefully welcomes volunteers.

To learn more and get connected with the work of the Crown Point Garden Club, email cpgc_admin(at)

New web site is up and running

We’ve moved the club web site off and set up a self-hosted wordpress site/blog on our own domain (opens in new tab). Please update your bookmarks and subscriptions. In a few weeks we’ll be replacing the content on this site with links to the new site.

We are also moving the mailing list to Sendpress so if you receive our emails you’ll notice some changes, including an opt-in link, so we’re completely compliant with Canada’s anti-spam legislation.

There are several reasons for the move. As site visits increase, is starting to deliver advertising to our site. We don’t want that. As well, the dot com setup limits what we can do with widgets and plugins. For example, we can’t run Sendpress without a self-hosted installation. We can also do nifty things with polls, calendars and photo galleries.

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

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

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…

Road Trip on Friday

At our last meeting we scheduled a road trip to ) Lost Horizons nursery near Acton. It’s about an hour’s drive from Hamilton. It really is worth the drive– a gorgeous woodland setting brimming with plants that you just won’t see anywhere else.

The date is Friday July 3 and we’ll be leaving about 9:30 a.m. If you’re interested in making the trip please respond by email ( on or before Monday, with your name, phone number, and nearest intersection–we’ll be arranging car pooling. Please also indicate if you’d be interested in having a restaurant lunch together after we finish exploring/shopping at Lost Horizons.

Hope to see you next Friday!


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