Friday, March 5, 2021

We need your feedback

Hello, gardeners and supporters of community gardens!

Our friends at the City are working on a project, which involves a grant application, that would be an enormous benefit to our network of community gardens. The effort to secure this project's funding would benefit quite a great deal if it were accompanied by some accounts from those our gardens serve.

If you have the time and inclination, I would love to receive letters from you or your organization by noon this Monday, March 7. I will compile them and forward them to the person leading this project.

Our gardens serve individuals and the communities they form in so many ways. If we can collectively express how the gardens in our communities underlie and support the issues of community cohesion and building, food security, and wholesome and healthful activity I believe our case for approval will be made stronger. And approval of this project - which I will shout details of from the rooftops when and if we end up being a "GO" - could be a productive precedent for further support. Please email or use the Contact Us form at the bottom of this site and let us know how community gardens have made your world a better place.

Thursday, May 21, 2020

Thanks for plant donations!

We would like to thank The Allie Sunshine Project and the St. Clair College Landscape Horticulture program for donating a substantial amount of plants to us this year.

Despite the obvious challenges we're all facing, these two organizations were still able to produce an enormous amount of herbs and pollinator-friendly plants for us to distribute to community gardens and gardeners.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Community Gardens Are (Almost) Open!

The Province of Ontario recently deemed community gardens an "essential source of fresh food for some individuals and families" (source: The WECCGC, Windsor-Essex County Health Unit and the City of Windsor have been coordinating to craft and plan the adoption of guidelines that will ensure safe operation of community gardens for the 2020 season.

We will release more information when appropriate; but we are at this time circulating a poster that will be placed in all of our gardens. (No one needs to go printing any of these themselves - we're working on coordinating their printing and posting now...)

... And here are some more detailed guidelines from the WECHU:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

DWFM Plant Day

[UPDATE] Due to measures we've all undertaken to combat the spread of COVID-19 the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market has had to cancel Plant Day. If and when an update is issued it will be reflected here.

On May 9 the Downtown Windsor Farmers Market will be hosting a "Plant Day" buy-sell-swap.

They'll be closing down Maiden Lane to have a #DWFM Plant Sale and Swap from 9am-1pm.

More more information please see their Facebook Event page.

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

Gardener Mark Cullen to Visit Essex

The Town of Essex will welcome world-renowned gardener and Order of Canada winner, Mark Cullen, for a free event on Wednesday, June 19 starting at 7:00pm.

Cullen, a garden communicator and horticultural consultant for Home Hardware Canada, will bring his expertise to the McGregor Community Centre (9571 Walker Road).

The event will include a presentation followed by a question and answer period and signing of Mark’s new book “Escape to Reality: How the World is Changing Gardening, and Gardening is Changing the World.” Books will be available to purchase for $25, with $10 of each sale supporting the Town of Essex Communities in Bloom committee.

The visit comes as part of the recognition for the Town’s Outstanding Achievement Award for Community Involvement, received at the National Communities in Bloom event in 2018.

"Mark’s visit is yet another reminder of the work accomplished by the Town’s Communities in Bloom committee, its dedicated volunteer, and the amazing gardeners in our community,” said Doug Sweet, Director of Community Services. “They have helped to put Essex on the map when it comes to local beautification and volunteerism.”

While the event is free, space is limited. Doors will open at 6:30pm, with the presentation starting at 7:00pm.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Butterflyway Project

The Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative is partnering with Windsor residents and institutions to create a "butterflyway" downtown Windsor!

A butterflyway is a neighbourhood-scale corridor of habitat for butterflies, bees and beneficial insects. These habitats are being created in the form of butterfly gardens, each certified as a "Monarch Waystation" by the organization Monarch Watch. This butterflyway is important because some of our native bees and butterflies, like the Monarch butterfly, have become endangered due to loss of habitat. Butterfly gardens are also beautiful and vibrant additions to the neighbourhood!

Our short term goal is to help create a dozen butterfly gardens within our project area, in order to become recognized by the David Suzuki Foundation.

Want to join the butterflyway? You can plant a butterfly garden in your yard and the Downtown Windsor Community Collaborative can help. Contact
Following is map of our habitats; some are new and in-development while others are thriving already.

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

The 2018 Windsor Public Library Workshop Series

Join knowledgeable volunteers from the Windsor/ Essex County Community Garden Collective and learn all about what you can do in your "back yard"! Our 2018 Windsor Public Library Workshop Series is sure to make your experience growing and cultivating a better.

No registration is necessary in order to attend. Just bring your self and your curiosity!

Check out the series' Facebook Event here.

Clueless In The Garden: A Beginner's Guide To Gardening
Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue
May 5, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Clueless In The Garden: A Beginner's Guide To Gardening
Forest Glade Branch 3211 Forest Glade Drive
May 9, 2:00 - 3:30 pm

Fermenting For The Home And Garden
Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue
May 26, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Balcony Garden Workshop
Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue
May 30, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Potting Plants: Creating Beautiful And Lasting Flower Pots
Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue
June 5, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Fermenting: Yogurt And More
Forest Glade Branch 3211 Forest Glade Drive
June 11, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

Foraging For Native Wild Plants
Chisholm Branch 1075 Ypres Avenue
June 12, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Fermenting: Kraut, Kimchi And More
Chisholm Branch 1075 Ypres Avenue
July 7, 3:00 - 4:30 pm

Vermicomposting: Composting With Worms
Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue
July 18, 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Vermicomposting: Composting With Worms
Riverside Branch 6305 Wyandotte Street East
July 21, 11 am - Noon

Fermenting: Home Brewing For Easy Beer, Wine, Cider And More
Central Branch 850 Ouellette Avenue
August 11, 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Fermenting Workshop: Pickles, Vegetables And Fruits
Budimir Branch 1310 Grand Marais Road West
August 29, 5:00 - 7:00 pm