By Ken Hirter

Those April showers bring forth May flowers, spring is in the air as our days become longer and the spring thaw is on the horizon by the Bay.

Here in Hamilton’s North End there are many wonderful Community Gardens. The North End Community Health Center has their Community Greenhouse & gardening plots. September the 29th 2016 saw their official ribbon cutting ceremony. Their motto: FOOD, SECURITY & HEALTHY LIVING…….

It all happened with support from their partners: Ontario Trillium foundation, Hamilton Port Authority, Niagara College, Community Forward Fund and TD Friends of the environment.

The following Community Greenhouse Programs are offered at the NHCHC.

Winter Grub Club in the Community Greenhouse

Spring/Summer Grub Club in the NHCHC children’s Garden.

This is a program that I participated in the spring and fall of 2017 in an attempt to turn my brown thumbs to green thumbs. That is still a work in progress.


Community Greenhouse Gardening Program upcoming Spring Session 2018:

Adults and Seniors are invited to join their 10-Week Greenhouse Program.

When: Wednesday, 4.00 to 6.00 PM, starting March 07th, 2018.

Enjoy free programing combining organic greenhouse growing practices and mental wellness exercises.

Or if thinking outside the Greenhouse (or the box) and thinking plots, the NHCHC have 3 Community Gardens located in the North End.

To register or for additional information please contact: Scott Paige. or by telephone 905-523-6611 EXT 3006.

Thanks Scott, your enthusiasm and your love for gardening is quite apparent to those who have attended your past programs. Thanks to all those associated with these wonderful gardening programs and incentives within the NHCHC.

Come spring I will see if my brown thumbs have become beige thumbs as I will be growing an herb garden and a few flower seedlings on my rooftop. ~as I fondly remember the green, green grass of home with it’s flower & vegetable gardens of my childhood & youth”

Tip toe through the tulips with shovel in hand and an umbrella under the arm as we await those April showers that bring May flowers. Cheers  & Happy Gardening!