Basil’s Bursary Project

NC Students! Meow can I help?

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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:

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  • 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)

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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.



On Sale!!!

6″ Regal Geraniums for $4.50 each!


Regal Geraniums are some of the showiest plants around, with their bright vivid flowers of pink, purple and burgundy and their clean crisp foliage, these Geraniums are great for containers, baskets, or as a border in your garden. They flower best cool temperatures, they like lots of light, fertilize every other week with low Nitrogen, dead head to encourage new flowers, bring in for the winter.

We have lots available…for now. At $4.50 (reg. $6.00) they will not last long so come and get them!

Mother’s Day

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Looking to get something for Mom on Mother’s Day? Nothing says thank you mom you’re the best like a beautiful perennial plant that comes back year after year spreading joy to all that see’s it. If you think that this is something that your mom would appreciate, well, we have a deal for you! Get 5, 4 inch perennials for only $10.00! The Niagara College Greenhouse students learned how to grow perennials this past winter, and they did well. We are now overstocked in a number of small plants that are looking for a home where they can grow and flourish. Stop by and grab some today along with a bottle or two of wine from the Teaching Winery and try some beer from the one and only Teaching Brewery, if you’re hungry we have the Benchmark restaurant on campus as well, really no need to go anywhere else!
See you soon!

Victoria Day Weekend Sale

May 14th to May 19th, inclusive

All evergreens are priced to plant – we are making space for new product! We have 2 gallon ground cover Junipers, Globe Cedars, and Hedge Yews – all $10.00 each or 4 for $20.00.

Add some colour to your garden with some hanging baskets:

  • 10″ Fuchsia baskets – $10.00 each
  • huge 10″ Boston Ferns – $12.00 each or 2 for $20.00
  • Vibrant assorted Geraniums are $12.00 each or 2 for $20.00

Our 4″ Annuals are ready to plant: cell packs are $1.25/4 pack or $10.00/tray. We have beautiful, full and flowering perennials available, too!

Lets stay healthy and eat veggies! We have Tomato plants and Pepper plants in cell packs for $1.25/4 pack or $10.00/tray, and don’t forget our fresh 4″ herbs, available $3.00 each or 5 for $10.00.

Bedding plants must go!

We are clearing out our bedding plants to make room for new crops for students to learn from.

We are clearing out our bedding plants to make room for new crops for students to learn from.

Our 4″ annuals are 15 for $15

Our cell pack trays are 2 for $15 (that’s almost 100 plants for $15.00!)

And specially marked hanging baskets are 2 for 1!

There is a great selection and a knowledgeable staff to help you with your decisions. 

Come in and visit, we would love to show you around! Bring the kids and we will show you our new Aquaponics system (Fish!) it is a very cool system that uses fish to fertilize plants.

Niagara College Plant Sale and Greenhouse Open House!

  • When: Saturday, May 24th and Sunday, May 25th
  • Time: 9a.m. to 5p.m.
  • Where: The Niagara College Greenhouse, Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus

Saturday, May 24th – Schedule: Greenhouse Open House – One Day Only!

Time Activity
9:00a.m. Doors Open
9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. College Tomatoes for Sale (while supplies last!)
9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. “The Plant Dr. Is In”: Consult with NC’s ‘plant doctor’ Olga Piedrahita about your sick plants. She will be on hand throughout the morning to offer knowledgeable advice to help heal your plants and help identify plant pests or diseases.
9:30 a.m. Live Entertainment: Elle Wrabiutza (former Ecosystem Restoration graduate) sings & plays her guitar in guests spots throughout the day (30 minute sets)
10:00 a.m. “Pump up your Soil with Compost Tea”: Interactive Workshop by Bill MacDonald (Horticulture Faculty): Bill will demonstrate how to make compost tea which will give your soil the nutrients they need to grow the perfect garden! (20-30 minutes)
11:00a.m. “Preparing your Perfect Decorative Planter”: Dena Gavin, Horticulture faculty, will host an interactive workshop showing various combinations of plants to fill every size planter to create perfect accents to driveways, yards, pools and decks.
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. BBQ:

  • $2.00 Hotdogs
  • $3.00 Hamburgers

Profits will go towards the NC Rankin Run Team’s donations to the event

1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Children’s “Plant a Bean” Activity: Outside the Greenhouse Courtyard, children will be able to construct their own bean plant to take home!!
2:00 p.m. “Preparing Edible Planters”: Dena Gavin will host an interactive workshop, educating visitors about edible plants and how to create a meal-specific planter (ie. spaghetti sauce planter would include a tomato plant, basil and garlic or onions). Recipes will be on hand.
3:00 p.m. “Create your Man Yard”: Landscape faculty Mike Hoekstra shares his expertise on how to create the perfect ‘man yard’ complete with barbecue, fire pit or outdoor oasis. Perfect for singles who don’t know where to start with their landscaping, or those eager to create a functional oasis for their families, he will provide advice and design samples for easy maintenance, beautiful yards and gardens.
5:00 p.m. Doors Close

Sunday, May 25th – Schedule

Time Activity
9:00a.m. Doors Open
11:30a.m. to 2:30p.m. BBQ (profits to enhance Niagara College’s Rankin Run Team contribution)
5:00p.m. Doors Close