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Tribute to Durand Neighbourhood Gardener

Exciting news, Duranders!

Garden Making Magazine has published an article featuring the garden of Phyllis Tresidder, a host for our Grand Durand Garden Tour in 2016.  Check out the feature at this link:  Garden Making

The magazine is on newsstands now —  Beat the winter blahs and pick up a copy!


Thank you and Time to Vote!


The garden tour on Saturday, June 18 was a sell-out.  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts to:  Our gardeners, our volunteers, our sponsors, our ticket buyers and to Duranders for your friendly welcome to the guests in our neighbourhood.  I have heard many compliments about the beauty of our neighbourhood and the friendliness of the people here.  Our volunteer committee, lead by our extraordinary Janice Brown, pulled together a fantastic, well-run event.  Volunteer committee members were:  Janice Brown, Linda Miocinovich. Barb Henderson, Ann Renee Andree, Roberta Harman and Silvia Edwards.  A small group with MIGHTY results!

We will post photos soon, so keep your eye on this space.  But for now…..


Remember putting forward your submission for PlanLocal to create safer streets in Ward 2?  Voting time is now and the window of opportunity to have your say is here!  We have until June 30th to vote.  Why wait?  Vote TODAY  Here is the link which explains everything:  VOTE

Twenty-four (24) projects made the short list.  Vote for your top 10 priorities and help to spend $1 million in our ward.

We are always talking about making our streets safer — this is your chance to actually influence what happens on the streets in our neighbourhood and ward.

Oh and P.S. – Our splash pad is open along with our park!  But you probably already know from hearing the delighted squeals of children as they ran through the cool water this weekend.  What a wonderful sound!

Garden Tour Tickets are Going Fast!

Living in the Durand Neighbourhood is an ongoing pleasure — we have the walkability, the architecture and, at this time of year, the beautiful gardens springing into life and bloom.  Don’t miss the Grand Durand Garden Tour on June 18th.  Our hard-working volunteer committee has put together a slate of 11 fabulous gardens.  Tickets are only $20 if purchased in advance, or $25 the day of the tour (if there are any still available).  The next garden tour in the Durand is not until 2019!  Can you wait that long?  Go to our Eventbrite website to purchase your tickets now:   Eventbrite or come to Durand Coffee on Saturday, June 11 between 10 and noon.  I will be there and have a limited number of tickets for sale, cash only.


GDGT – Your ticket to the best gardens in Hamilton (plus)

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On this hot spring weekend, it’s nice to watch a garden spring into life.  It may be early for watering, but those plants are thirsty!  While you enjoy your garden, or balcony planters, consider the amazing gardens lined up for the Grand Durand Garden Tour on June 18.  Tickets in advance are only $20 PLUS can be used for  free admission to Whitehern (any day except June 18).  That is a true bargain.  And, if you are one of the first 500 to get to Durand Park, a free gift bag awaits with magazines, beet seeds and a free coffee voucher for Durand Coffee!

We look forward to seeing you June 18th.

Purchase tickets here


LRT, Grand Durand Garden Tour and Monarch Awards


As you are probably aware, our City Council has re-opened the debate on LRT based on Sam Merulla’s motion to have council formally accept the $1 billion from the province earmarked for LRT construction.  The Durand Neighbourhood Association sent a letter to the Mayor and Council to re-iterate our support for LRT as a transit and economic uplift for our city.  To see the text of our letter as well as letters from other community groups, please visit Raise the Hammer at https://raisethehammer.org

Grand Durand Garden Tour

You won’t want to miss this one folks!  The DNA organizes this tour ONLY every three years, so don’t wait!  Purchase your tickets now.  Previous tours have sold out.  The gardens, combined with the stunning architecture in this neighbourhood make this a don’t-miss event.  Purchase tickets here or email president@durandna.com to arrange a cash purchase.


Monarch Awards

The following message was received from Bev Wagar in Crown Point:

In gardens, beauty is not just in the eye of the beholder. If that beholder is a bee or butterfly—or any number of pollinators, birds, insects, or wildlife so crucial to the web of life—beauty is all about diversity, habitat, and ecosystem health. This summer, downtown residents who garden for Nature, not just curb appeal, will be recognized through the Monarch Awards program.

The Monarch Awards is the brainchild of volunteers and staff from Environment Hamilton, Hamilton Naturalists Club, Royal Botanical Gardens, and the Crown Point Garden Club. Residents of Wards 1 through 4 are eligible. Enter on paper or online at www.monarchawardshamilton.org — there’s a photo uploader and a simple questionnaire.

If your garden scores well, expect a call from volunteers on the judging team. They will arrange a visit to take a closer look, talk with you, and consider your garden’s biodiversity, sustainability, soil health, water use, materials and, of course, beauty.

Your garden can be in front or back, your plantings new or mature, your property big or small, your house fancy or plain. If your garden is buzzing and fluttering with life that’s what counts.

The entry deadline is June 19 and gardeners in wards 1 – 4 are encouraged to apply– there’s a gift and garden sign for all entrants. For more information visit www.monarchawardshamilton,org,  call (905) 549-0900, or email info@monarchawardshamilton.org.