Year of the Garden

The Township of West Lincoln is proud to announce a new series of community events to celebrate the Year of the Garden!

Each event will help to raise awareness and support the development of garden culture, and will showcase pollinator gardens, clubs, and programs offered in West Lincoln.


The Canadian Garden Council called for Canadian Municipalities to declare 2022 the Year of the Garden.

2022 is the Centennial of Canada’s ornamental horticulture sector marked by the Canadian Nursery Landscape Association (CNLA)’s 100th Anniversary.

The Year of the Garden 2022 celebrates Canada’s rich horticulture and garden heritage, celebrates today’s vibrant garden culture, and creates legacies for a sustainable future.

The Township of West Lincoln Council proclaimed 2022 the Year of the Garden at its regular meeting on April 25, 2022, encouraging the community to become involved with garden initiatives to support and encourage all kinds of varieties within our community.

Event Schedule

 May: Indigenous Healing Garden

Date: Saturday, May 28, 2022

Time: 2:00 p.m.

Location: West Lincoln Public Library - Wellandport Branch - 5042 Canborough Rd.


Discover or reacquaint yourself with the symbols and importance of West Lincoln's Indigenous Healing Garden with special guest Elaine Berwald from Niagara Chapter Native Women.

This garden has been designed as a place to facilitate the healing journey. Healing of Indigenous and non-Indigenous people, healing of our relationships with each other, and healing of our relationship with our environment, healing to move from pain, despair, injustice and suffering to reconciliation, hope, empowerment and offering.

Families are invited to join us for the reading of a feature Indigenous culture book: The Legend of the Three Sisters.

How to Attend:

Please register to attend this event by contacting the West Lincoln Public Library


 June: Smithville Community Garden Grand Opening

Date: Thursday, June 16

Time: 1 p.m.

Location: Smithville Community Garden in the Hank MacDonald Park - 157 Mill St., Smithville

Details: The public is invited to come celebrate the grand reopening of the Smithville Community Garden. Explore the newly added features, which include a greenhouse, garden beds for West Lincoln Community Care and 4 fruit trees.

All are welcome!

 July: Designing for Biodiversity

Date: July 14

Location: Online Presentation

Details: Join us for an online Zoom presentation by Ontariogreen Conservation about designing for biodiversity and turning yards and gardens into habitats.

Presentation: Did you miss this presentation? No problem! Click the video below to watch the slideshow.

 August: Smithville Garden Club Anniversary & Plants for Pollinators Presentation

Date: August 11 at 7:30 p.m.

Location: Centennial Garden, 288 Station St., Smithville

Details: Did you know the Smithville Garden Club just celebrated their 100th anniversary? Help them celebrate 100 years with a special anniversary celebration at the Centennial Garden.

Horticulture began in Smithville with the arrival of the first settlers in 1787. As the settlement grew, they send back to England for familiar plant seeds of Marigolds, Hollyhocks, and crop seeds for their field. The Horticulture Society is no doubt the oldest social service in our community. Meetings were first held in homes and reorganized in 1921 and later changed to Smithville Garden Club.


Date: August 18 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: Online Presentation

Details: Join us for an online presentation by Ontariogreen Conservation about plants for pollinators and how to support our bees, butterflies and birds.

A pollinator garden is designed and planted with pollinators in mind, offering a wide variety of flowers and plants, these gardens promote the visiting of pollinators.

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 September: Sweetgrass & Gardening for Kids

Date: Saturday, September 10, at 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Location: West Lincoln Public Library - Wellandport Branch - 5042 Canborough Rd.

Details: Did you know that sweetgrass is one of the four main medicinal herbs used by Indigenous communities? It is usually braided and burned as incense. The smoke from it helps to cleanse an area of negative energy and to lighten the Spirit. Burning sweetgrass is done as a blessing and for protection.

Inspired by the Year of the Garden, the Wellandport Branch of the West Lincoln Public Library will be joined by a member of the Niagara Chapter of Native Women to teach braiding technique followed by a cleansing in the Indigenous Healing Garden. All ages. Drop-in.


Date: Friday, September 16, at 3:30 p.m.

Location: West Lincoln Public Library - Caistorville branch, 9549 York St., Canfield

Details: Kids Can Garden! Inspired by Year of the Garden, kids ages 8-12 are invited to come and make their own newspaper pots and plant a seed. In the Springtime these newspaper pots can be planted in the ground and will naturally decompose giving your seedling room to grow.

How to Participate: Please register in advance by contacting the library at 905-692-4290 or

 October: Native Trees and Shrubs & Tree Sale

Date: October 6

Location: Online Presentation

Details: Join us on October 6 for an online presentation by Ontariogreen Conservation about native trees and shrubs and how to add life and colour to your yard.

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Date: September 21 - October 7

Location: West Lincoln Community Centre - 177 West St., Smithville

Details: As part of the Township's National Tree Day celebration, the Township is holding a Tree Sale. With the help of EarthGen, the Township is selling Birch-Paper, Birch-Yellow, Freemanii Maple, Chokeberry-Black, Hazelnut-American, Maple-Silver, Redbud, Sycamore, Tulip, Birch-Cherry, Cedar-Eastern White, Spruce-White and Hackberry trees.

Trees are $45 each. Learn more about tree sizes at the National Tree Day event page.

How to Order: By email at or phone 905-957-3346 ext. 5132 between the hours of 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Mondays through Fridays. In person at the Township booth at the West Lincoln Farmers' Market on Friday, September 23, 3 to 7 p.m.

Pick-Up: Customers will be able to pick up their preordered trees at the West Lincoln Community Centre on Friday, October 7, 2022, between the hours of 3 and 7 p.m.