Haldimand Pollinator Project 

Haldimand Horticultural Society has completed the new pollinator garden and near to completion of the habitat.

Our members and community neighbours are enthused to add special effects to the new garden at 221 Orkney Street Caledonia.  The Pollinator Garden is located near the west entrance to Burke Estates park.

The garden is funded partially from a grant awarded by the Grand River Conservation Foundation and a partnership with the Caledonia Community Foundation.

This initiative is to help the pollinators. We have selected a variety of native species of plants and shrubs. Haldimand is part of the Carolinian District a specific  location found only in southern Ontario within a band of territory along the northern shore of Lake Erie. It contains many species and communities of plants and animals found nowhere else in Canada. 


To find out how you can participate in this project contact Elsie or Sharon at and please put Haldimand Pollinator Project  in the subject line.

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     Poppy Project by Haldimand Horticultural Society


Haldimand Horticultural Society is looking for volunteers to knit or crochet poppies to create a beautiful banner for display on Remembrance Day with bright poppy red, worsted weight, size 4 yarn. Yarns such as Bernat Super Value in Berry, or Red Heart Super Saver in Cherry or Caron One Pound in Claret are some of the options to make your poppy. 


For the poppy, you will need approximately 17-20 yards of red yarn and 2 to 3 yards of black yarn and size 5mm US 8 knitting needles or a size 6mm J crochet hook.


To get more information or request a pattern you can contact us by email





We are going to begin to assemble the poppies on a support frame

Friday September 16th 3 to 5pm

for information or if you would like to help please contact 

Elsie or Sharon by email

and put Poppy Project in the subject line

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Mandala Painting  Workshop


 A Fall morning workshop with Barb Matten:

Members of Haldimand Horticultural Society left with a hand painted design created by placing dots of various colours and sizes on rocks.

There was also the opportunity and challenge to paint the names of more than 30 varieties of native plants.  The rocks have been placed in the new Pollinator Garden at the Burke Estates Park entrance  in Caledonia.

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Chicken Wire Plant Cage Workshop

No two are alike,  these wire cages help to prevent annoying critters like rabbits and squirrels from eating the new plant shoots as they emerge from gardens in the Spring

Insect Motels

If you are a gardener by hobby and a nature enthusiast by heart, chances are you are already familiar with the concept of insect hotels also known as bee hotels. Insect hotels are an attractive addition to your garden as well as providing a sanctuary for beneficial insects, especially pollinators. Insects provide many benefits to the ecosystem through pollination, nutrient cycle and also as food source for the birds. A simple insect hotel can include recycle materials and should be made from all natural untreated wood. The size and contents are a matter of personal preference. The motel should be located in a protected area away from wind and rain. 

Seasonal Urn Workshop


The annual Seasonal Urn workshop is our most popular workshop. Members and  new visitors to Elsie’s Workshop to create a unique Christmas Urn.  Many members and friends donate the greenery, pinecones  and other supplies.  A special mention to Sheldrick’s Decor Inc. in Mount Hope for the very generous donation of large pinecones for the Christmas urns.

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