Spring primula

Spring is natures way of saying ‘Let’s Party!’

Our greenhouse is alive with colour and activity. Our Annual bedding plants are looking the best that I’ve seen them, full and in bloom. Our hanging baskets are a nice size, full, vibrant and teeming with colour. We have vegetable transplants for the veggie gardener and nursery stock for the landscaper.

4″ plants are $3.00 each or 4 for $10.00

4 packs are $1.50 each or a full flat for $15.00

10″ hanging baskets are $15.00 each

12″ hanging baskets are $19.00 each

Flowering shrubs range from $25 to $35 each

4″ perennials are $4.50 each

The Greenhouse is open 7 days a week from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm.

Spring into planting!

Spring is here and it is time to get your planting done! You are in luck because Niagara College has what you need! Come and see our greenhouse, we have annual bedding plants, hanging baskets, vegetable transplants, herbs, perennial plants, nursery stock, house plants, tropical plants, mixed planters and much more.

As you can see from the pictures taken below, our plants are well cared for, full of colour and ready to be taken to a good home.

Here are a few prices for you to look at before you come:

  • 4″ annual bedding plants and vegetable transplants are $2.75
  • 10″ hanging baskets are $12.00
  • 12″ hanging baskets are $16.00
  • Herbs are $4.00 each or 3 for $10.00
  • 4 packs are $1.25 each or a full tray for $10.00
  • We have Spreading Phlox, a beautiful spring flowering perennial ground cover on special right now on for $5.00 while supplies last.
  • More nursery and perennial plants are available as well.

Hope to see you soon, our knowledgeable and friendly staff are here to help.

Hydrangea’s Proudly Grown by Students

Our Horticulture technician students have been growing this Hydrangea crop for the winter term, and they are now ready to go! Beautiful, large blooms of pink white and blue that are picture perfect and scream spring is here. If you are looking to add some life and colour to your home or office come to our greenhouse, pick up one of these incredible plants! Our students would love to see you here, discuss how to care for them and tell you how they grew them!

The price of these amazing plants are $15 each or 2 for $25!

Our greenhouse features plants that are “Proudly Grown by Students” and is open 7 days a week: Monday to Friday from 9am until 5pm; Saturday and Sunday 10am until 4pm.


Wash away winter!

Handmade soaps from Roots & Radicles

Handmade Soaps at Benchmarket

Wash away the winter with soaps from Roots and Radicles. A “home grown” company started by a graduate from our very own Horticulture program (Sarah McLeod). Sarah makes all of the soaps by hand, with all natural, plant based materials (which are listed on her labels).

Here are a couple of examples:

KELP! I need some – body! (clever right!) Ingredients are: Olive oil; Coconut oil; Palm oil, Hemp seed oil; Castor seed oil; distilled water; sodium hydroxide; lemongrass oil; lavender oil; rosemary oil; patchouli oil; rosemary leaf powder; kelp. 

Rose Clay Ingredients are: Rice bran oil; coconut oil; palm oil; Shea butter; sodium hydroxide; distilled water; Essential oils of: Rosewood; Sweet Orange; Lavender; Geranium; Kaolin Rose. White Clay; rose petals.

Rose Clay soap with rose petals on top. How romantic!!!

Pamper yourself or the ones you love with soaps from Roots and Radicles, their soothing ingredients are great for your senses and the environment!

Poinsettia Mania

Poinsettias are here and ready to go…

Our beautiful Poinsettias are proudly grown by our students and are ready to be sold in 10″ and 6″ pots. We have 16 different varieties of red, white, pink and multicolour available.

We carry some of the newest varieties on the market such as Princettia Pink

Prices are $4.50 for 4″, $7.00 for 6″ and $20.00 for 10″

Benchmarket features: The Wiarton Tea Company


Homegrown Tea From Our Homegrown Students

Wiarton Tea Company
Local grown tea inspired by local landmarks

Made with fresh ideas and local ingredients, Wiarton Tea Company tea is now available at the Benchmarket in the Niagara College Greenhouse and Nursery. All of the product is grown, dried, and packaged in Wiarton Ontario, where former student and recent graduate of the horticulture program at Niagara College now resides along with his new company. Below is a bit of information about Caleb Hull and his company:

NC Grad, Caleb Hull – Horticultural Technician 2014

“As a student, Niagara College provided the facilities and environment to satisfy all areas of my curiosity relating to horticulture. The time spent in the college greenhouse developed a routine of note-taking, safe growing practices and critical thinking.

Collaboration with experienced teachers provided the knowledge, skill, and key techniques to develop a market greenhouse operation that strives to use as many sustainable practices as possible. Overall, my time at Niagara College encouraged the pursuit to be a disciplined Grower.


After graduating, I was able to secure a horticultural technician job close to my hometown. The Bruce Peninsula provided many opportunities to utilize my skills as a horticulturalist for employment. I soon realized that I was equipped to develop my own greenhouse business and that it was imperative to grow on the Peninsula without the use of synthetic fertilizers or pesticides.

In the fall of 2015, we raised our greenhouse and started The Wiarton Tea Company. Our mission is to provide organic, locally grown, full-blossom teas and to preserve sensitive plants used in aboriginal culture. We launched our product in the summer of 2016 and plan to sell online as our business grows.”

For more information about Caleb and his adventure please visit their website: The Wiarton Tea Company




Basil’s Bursary Project

NC Students! Meow can I help?

Basil with Basils-1013
Basil keychains are available now at the Benchmarket.

Basil, if you don’t know, is our lovable greenhouse cat that has been here catching not only critters, but the hearts of staff, students, and anyone he meets around this campus for the past 13 years. He helps us in the greenhouse by catching the unwanted rodents around campus (he is our natural pest control). His charm boosts moral when he takes over students coats and backpacks for an afternoon nap, or absconds with a french fry or two during lunch. He is who everyone asks for when they enter the greenhouse. Now he is going to help a future NC student with their finances, we are selling these Basil plush toy key chains for $6.00 each and a portion of this will go into a $500 bursary in Basil’s name, the rest will go back into the “kitty” to help offset the cost of running the greenhouse. They are for sale now and will remain on sale until November (or until they run out). They are only available at the Niagara College Greenhouse’s Benchmarket. The bursary will be awarded during the winter term (2017).




What’s Growing at NC Greenhouse

Spring is in full force, gardens have been planted and you have enjoyed the beautiful weather outdoors in your own little piece of paradise. If you haven’t don’t worry, we still have a great selection of annuals, perennials and nursery stock available. Our students have been busy growing and maintaining these plants for you until you are ready to come in and buy them.

Come in and have a look we have some great deals:

Gazania nc pot

  • 4″ annuals are selling for $2.75 each or 4 for $10.
  • 4″ perennials are still 5 for $10
  • 10″ hanging baskets are $10 each / Ivy Geranium and Fuchsia 10″
  • 12″ hanging baskets are 2 for $25 regular $16 each
  • Cell packs of annuals and vegetables are $10 per tray (48 plants)
  • Beautiful patio pots starting at $25
  • Great selection of Perennials and Nursery stock
    • Fruit trees and shade trees available
    • 1 gallon Stella d’ Oro daylily’s buy one get one free ($7 each)

20160601_140503 (1)


All the plants on sale here at the greenhouse have been grown, produced and cared for by students of our horticulture program. We would love for you to stop in and chat with our students, they are learning from some of the best. The main reason why we grow the crops that we do is, plain and simple, we like to show off; the students are proud of what they have been learning and they want to show you (the public) what they are capable of. We take great pride in what we do in the greenhouse and on our 70 acre campus. The plants produced in the greenhouse are also used on the grounds, in garden beds. We give our students every chance to learn and succeed, we appreciate your help in doing so. We look forward to showing you what we can do, see you soon!

You should also check out our very own college Brewery and Winery. Come and have lunch at our Benchmark restaurant.