Grimsby Garden Club

Aug 7 2020

Much has happened since the Niagara Region declared a state of emergency in response to COVID-19.  Our plant sale, carried out through facebook and newsletter posts, and in person with scheduled appointments and distancing, was a huge success.  Thank you to the donors - particularly our wholesale growers - who made this a success.

2020 Trillium Recipients Named

The Grimsby Garden Club has announced the 2020 Trillium Award recipients.


This annual garden recognition program is co-sponsored with the Town of Grimsby and recognizes Grimsby’s most beautiful front gardens, viewable from the street. Gardens include residential, retail, commercial, condos, townhouses, apartment buildings, and other non-residential properties. 

Chair Sue Rigato reports that this is the fifth year that our Trillium Program is based on nominations. Anyone can nominate a garden for the Trillium program, including the garden owner. More than 200 gardens were nominated. There are 70 Trillium winners this year.

Residential winners are:

6 Admiral Circle - Pete Budd,12 Baker Rd South - Heather & Gary Roest, 6 Bal Harbour Dr - Barry & Ann Millar, 14 Bell Ave - Ken & Margaret Styles, 9-11 Birchpark Dr - Steven Roxburgh, 366 Book Road - Sarah Schneider, 23 Burgess Dr - Tim & Teresa Pieprzak, 36 Chardonnay Place - Melissa Jarvis, 7 Chestnut Dr  - Doug & Lorna Banting, 7 Cheval Dr - J. Davis, 60 Conrad Place - Chris & Nancy Clarke, 16 Deer Park Court - Zoi Ouzas, 112 Dorchester Dr - Amanda & Andy Fraser, 260 Dorchester Dr - Mac & Cathy Rideout, 264 Dorchester Dr - Ruth Kelly-Freake, 60 Driftwood Court - Donna & Marty Tyre, 41 Elderberry Ave - Anna Krupicka, 34 Elgin St - Deena Errampalli & Andrew Piggott, 13 Fair Ave - Susan Pearce, 17 Fair Ave - Kelly Kaulback, 32 Garden Dr - Mary Allan,  31 Golf Woods Dr - Susan & David Manuel, 12 Heathcote Court - Leanne & Kevin Wallace, 12 Hewitt Dr - Sharon & John Bowler,  6 Highland Dr - Lynn & Richard Jones, 14 Jacob's Landing - Lenore Zettel, 17 Kerman Ave - P Phelps, 322/324 Lake St - Donna Cobbledick, 19 Lake St, #13 - Jerry Farrell & Pierrette Robillard Farrell, 19 Lake St, #14 - Diane Archibald, 59 Lakeview Ave - Joan Hill, 204 Livingston Ave - Joel & Suzie Morris, 209 Livingston Ave - Josephine Bono, 125 Main St E - E. Pilato, 135 Main St W - Brenda Mater,  9 Mary Dr, #2 - Clint & Elaine Thompson,  23 McNab Dr - Nancy & Steve Bowen, 78 Morrison Cres - A. McQuillan,  23 Nelles Rd N - Dan-yelle & Alec Lozecki, 11 Nelles Rd S - Sue & Bill Gemmill, 35 Orchard Parkway - J. Fuller, 11 Parkwood Rd - Rebecca & Brian Schmidtt, 28 Parkwood Rd - Joanne & Murray Clarke, 36 Parkwood Rd - Elizabeth & David Staples, 113 Peach Tree Lane - Anna & Ted Wallace, 142 Peach Tree Lane - Marilyn Potocic, 271 Ridge Rd W - Barb & Larry Gibson, 64 Roberts Rd - N Gaidola, 14 St Andrews Ave - Adeline & Ian Finlay, 36 St Andrews Ave - Sue Dodds, 5 Sunnylea Cres - Connie & Larry Kratofil, 6 Sunnylea Cres - Laurie-Ann & Tom Braun, 18 Sycamore Cres - Vi & William Blackwood, 21 Tamarack Court - Gail & Keith Penfold, 82 Terrace Dr - Walt & Janie Civiero, 87 Terrace Dr - Joe & Sharon Fisher, 91 Terrace Dr - Klaas & Anne Bokma, 94 Terrace Dr - Leon Laskowski, 11 Tuer Ave - Tim Moleski & Nancy Nolan, 29 Tunbridge Cres - Josie Hull, 99 Vinifera Dr - Vanessa & Patrick Shaw,  472 Woolverton Rd - Liza Fuller



Trillium Recipients, Non-residential Category:

295 Hunter Rd - John Deere, 88 Livingston Ave - Dr. Charles Daly and Associates Dental Care,147 Main St E - Cole’s Florist & Garden Centre, 275 Main St E - Evergreen Terrace, 372 Main St E - Grimsby Animal Hospital - Dr Suzi Peters, 22 Main St W - Casa Toscana, 41 Main St W back unit - Darryl Allen Salon, 398 Maple Ave - Ed Sobkowich Greenhouses


Circle of Excellence Award for Community Beautification, Non-residential Category:

20 John St - Niagara North Condo Association, 17 Main St E - The Judge and Jester

Trillium Sponsors


We are most grateful to our sponsors who support us in making this program possible.  Please support their businesses and keep Grimsby growing!

See the 2020 Trillium Gardens HERE.

Thanks to Chair, Sue Rigato, the Trillium Program Committee, and the volunteers who gave many hours to make the Trillium program possible.

Stephen Hargrave, 
President Grimsby Garden Club


Grimsby Garden Club March 30th Meeting Cancelled

For those planning to help out with planting on Sunday at Trillium Hill, this event is still on. See you there, 1pm.

As a precaution, to reduce the risks associated with COVID-19, the upcoming March 30th monthly meeting will be cancelled. We look forward to rescheduling our speaker, Paul Bongers, and seeing everyone again in April. Take good care and be well.

Grimsby Garden Club - January 27th 7:00pm

January Meeting
Mon. Jan. 27 at 7pm

Join us at 7pm to enjoy refreshments and greet other members. Get your free door prize ticket on the way in and visit the raffle table for a chance to win cash and support the club. T-Shirts are still available for purchase.

Have you considered adding native plants to your garden? Don't miss out on this meeting's speaker. Joanne Tunnicliffe will be joining us to talk about the Carolinian Life Zone!

Joanne Tunnicliffe
Educated at the University of Guelph in sciences and ecology, Joanne has spent the last 30 years creating habitat for wildlife. In the last ten years, she has concentrated on Carolinian plant species. These species are designated to flourish in Southern Ontario, need little watering and grow quickly when placed properly. Joanne recently won the prestigious Monarch award demonstrating her knowledge of the associations between plants and animals for survival. Joanne is passionate about our Carolinian Life Zone and has shared her knowledge, through classes, with her community.
2020 annual membership fees are due now. Single membership is $15. Family membership is $20. We have a great line-up of monthly speakers and look forward to seeing all of our returning members and new friends.

Trillium Chair position for 2020 is open. If you're interested in co-ordinating the annual Trillium awards program, please contact Stephen Hargrave or email

Grimsby Garden Club President, Stephen Hargrave's message

The Grimsby Garden Club had an outstanding 2019 and we want to thank our members for their invaluable support and the good citizens of Grimsby for their interest and participation in our yearly events and programs.  Last year a 20ft. Norwegian Spruce was planted outside Town Hall, the tree called Hope.  This year Hope was adorned with new lights and given company with a new seasonal display in front.  Hope, and the Town of Grimsby, are thriving thanks to dedication and foresight. As the President of the Grimsby Garden Club for 2020, I encourage everyone to embrace our Club mission to maintain and beautify our home of Grimsby.
The Speakers Series of 2019 presented entertaining, informative speakers on a host of captivating topics and will be repeated with an outstanding lineup of speakers for 2020.  Something not to be missed and an ideal evening for friends and family.
The Club successfully hosted the Garden Clubs of Niagara District 9 Annual General Meeting as we put our best foot forward for all to see.  
The Grimsby Garden Tour of 2019 highlighted some of the finest gardens in Grimsby and provided everyone who attended the opportunity to see and appreciate the beauty and elegance of nature.
The annual Plant Sale was a great success and will be held next year on May 16, 2020, 9am until sold out at the Livingston Activity Centre.  We will again offer an abundance of plant varieties, at great prices, to enhance and beautify your gardens.
Our Trillium Program recognizes the outstanding gardens of Grimsby.  With the support of the Town of Grimsby, 2019 saw dedicated gardeners awarded a special thanks for their tireless efforts to beautify their homes and Grimsby.  We invite you to participate in the 2020 Trillium Program and help us in the beautification of our town.
Please look through our pages to see what events are coming up and discover the joys and beauty of gardening.  We invite you all to come to our meetings and enjoy engaging presentations, and baked goods, for you, your family and friends.

Looking forward to seeing you!
Stephen Hargrave, President