Sandy Shaw MPP, Hamilton West–Ancaster–Dundas

Government of Ontario

Growing Community

My office is excited to offer Tomato Starting Kits and Pollinator friendly native wildflower seeds (Sourced from: Native Plants in Claremont) to individuals and community groups interested in growing community and community greening projects. 

  • Pollinators are insects and small animals that transfer pollen from one plant to another, allowing plants to produce seeds.
  • Many plants rely on pollinators to reproduce, but pollinators are rapidly declining and some face extinction!
    • A recent UN global biodiversity assessment estimated that about 1 in 10 insect species face extinction.
  • 1 out of every 3 bites we eat is directly thanks to a pollinator!
  • By helping plants, pollinators help make sure we receive many of the other benefits that nature provides, which are often impossible or too expensive for us to recreate. For example, by keeping plants in our natural landscapes, pollinators ensure that we have clean air and oxygen to breathe.

Supporting pollinators is a win-win for everyone - pollinators, plants and people!

Click here to find out more about Hamilton's Pollinator Paradise program.

Check out our inventory below and request your seeds at [email protected]

Tomato Starting Kit

Grow your own tomatoes at home with this starter kit!

Growing Instructions

  1. Place planting pot into cup or flat saucer.
  2. Place seed puck in bottom of pot
  3. Very slowly, pour 1/3 cup (80 ml) WARM water onto puck
  4. Allow 5 minutes for puck to expand slowly, then drain excess standing water
  5. Fluff puck with fork until crumbly
  6. Push all seeds into the puck until they disappear (less than 10 mm). Smooth soil over the holes
  7. Place the pot in a warm, sunny spot until you see sprouts (14-21 days). Water only the soil surface lightly when it looks dry
  8. When seeds have sprouted, place in full sun and keep damp 
  9. Once the sprouts have grown 2" - 3" in height choose 1 or 2 of the best growing plants and remove the rest
  10. Plant the seedling pot in a larger indoor pot or plant in sunny garden deep enough to cover the pot completely. (Do not plant in outdoor garden until all danger of frost has passed). 
  11. Keep the plants watered and enjoy!

 

Common Milkweed

Light Requirements: Sun

Soil Texture: Clay, Sand

Moisture Requirements: Normal, Moist

Fun FactMonarch butterflies cannot complete their life cycles without milkweed. (Kershaw) Provides nectar for butterflies such as: pipe-vine swallowtail, black swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, gray hairstreak, summer azure, great spangled fritillary, aphrodite fritillary, silvery checkerspot, Baltimore, American painted lady, red admiral, little wood satyr, wood nymph.

Wild Bergamot

Light Requirements: Sun

Soil Texture: Clay, Sand, Loam, Humus Enriched

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal, Moist

Fun FactProvides nectar for butterflies such as: tiger swallowtail, great spangled fritillary, wood nymph, monarch. Ruby throated hummingbirds are attracted to this plant.

Black-Eyed Susan

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil Texture: Sand, Loam

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal, Moist

Fun FactDrought tolerant, the yellow orange flowers appear from June until frost, and the dark brown seed heads provide bird food throughout the winter. This plant is unlike its horticultural counterpart in ornamental nurseries, as it is partially annual. If it likes where it is, it stays, otherwise, it will self seed in new areas each year.

Boneset

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil Texture: Clay, Sand, Loam

Moisture Requirements: Moist, Wet

Fun FactThis plant is extremely tolerant of cold temperatures. This plant is a great choice in a wet garden, full sun or part shade pond garden, at the outflow of a residential downspout, or for use in bioswales or stormwater ponds, where water is captured and held to create periodic or constant wet conditions.

Cylindric Blazing Star

Light Requirements: Sun

Soil Texture: Sand

Moisture Requirements: Dry

Fun FactProvides nectar for butterflies such as: tiger swallowtail, clouded sulphur, orange sulphur, gray hairstreak, aphrodite fritillary, painted lady, red admiral, wood nymph (Wildtype)

Hairy Beardtongue

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil Texture: Clay, Sand 

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal

Fun FactBees attracted include: large carpenter bees, small carpenter bees, and bumble bees. 

Gray-headed Coneflower

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil Texture: Sand, Loam

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal, Moist

Fun FactBirds will feed heavily on the seeds. This plant is one of the more popular plants at more ornamental nurseries, because of its quite showy flower, clumping habit (not as tall, and not as self seeding and aggressive as the larger green headed coneflower) great for prairie and meadow gardens.

Lance-leaved Coreopsis

Out of stock

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil: Sand

Soil pH: Acidophile

Moisture Requirements: Dry

Fun FactThis plant will tolerate most soils as long they are mixed with sand (i.e clay/sand, loam/sand) and also rocky soil. It should be deadheaded throughout the summer to encourage blooms.

Common Yarrow

Light Requirements: Full Sun

Soil: Sandy Loamy

Moisture Requirements: Dry

Fun FactYarrow is popular with pollinators and practically care-free, making it perfect for borders, ground covers, and open meadows. Sold as a hardy and versatile perennial, yarrow has showy flower heads composed of many tiny, tightly-packed flowers rising above clusters of ferny foliage. The flowers may be yellow, red, pink, or any shade in between. Yarrow is pest-resistant, drought-resistant, attracts butterflies, and is excellent for cutting and drying.

Wild Columbine

Out of stock

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil: Sand, Loam 

Moisture Requirements: Dry, Normal, Moist

Fun FactThe upward tubes contain nectar that attracts insects, such as hawk moths, and hummingbirds that have long tongues. It is reported that Native Americans rubbed the crushed seeds on the hands of men as a love charm.

Blue Vervain

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil: Clay, Sand, Loam

Moisture Requirements: Normal, Moist, Wet

Fun FactEven though it is a wetland plant, it is very drought tolerant, and seems to do fine in a variety of environments, seeding itself well, popping up in cracks in the pavement even. Provides nectar for butterflies such as: orange sulphur, wood nymph. Seeds are attractive to cardinals, swamp sparrows, field sparrows, song sparrows and slate coloured juncos. Rabbits eat the leaves. 

Spotted Joe-Pye Weed

Light Requirements: Sun, Partial Shade

Soil: Clay, Sand, Loam, Humus Enriched

Moisture Requirements: Normal, Moist, Wet

Fun FactAccording to folklore, an Indigenous man named Joe Pye used this plant to cure fevers and that the early American colonists used it to treat an outbreak of typhus. This plant provides nectar for butterflies such as: giant swallowtail, tiger swallowtail, orange sulphur, variegated fritillary, pearl crescent, Milbert's tortoise shell, painted lady, red admiral, viceroy, and eyed brown. The plants can be divided in spring or fall, or grown from seeds sown on the surface of the soil.

 

Swamp Milkweed

Light Requirements: Sun

Soil: Clay, Loam

Moisture RequirementsMoist, Wet

Fun Fact: This widespread plant works well to rehabilitate and restore habitat. This plant provides food for other insects such as lady bugs, which feed on the aphids, and can also be seen with a dangling chrysalis of the monarch butterfly. Great for educational purposes, since kids and adults alike observe the life cycle of the monarch on this plant.The furry appendage that is attached to seed is many times more buoyant than cork, and much warmer than wool. It was grown for use in lifejackets during World War II. (USDA Resources Conservation Service)