Art & Artisan
Amherst Island Blooms (AI Blooms) is a recognition program for any resident (whether permanent or seasonal) that encourages and rewards your efforts to beautify your front garden as seen from the road. By recognizing efforts spent on front garden plantings, we hope to encourage residents to put some thought into how your individual efforts benefit this wonderful place we all call home. Whether you have beds, borders, containers or any combination thereof, as long as it can be seen from the road, it all counts!
Nominations open June 1st and close by July 1st (Canada Day). The nomination can be from anyone and self-nomination is permitted. Nomination forms will be available sometime in May through our website – we will let you know when it’s loaded onto the site.
This initiative is for all islanders, no matter how green your thumbs might be! AI Blooms is not concerned with back gardens, only the gardens that can be seen from the road. Plantings can be annual or perennial flowers, shrubs or trees, vegetables, fruit – it is totally up to the property owner. Emphasis is on participation!
Assuming the drive-by assessment indicates that a reasonable effort has been spent towards gardening then the property will be awarded an AI Blooms recognition marker with
the year inscribed on it.
We hope this gets your gardening ideas percolating. Additional details to come! To hear more about AI Blooms and join in the discussion, please tune into CJAI 92.1 FM on Monday mornings between 8:30-9:00 am.
Topsy is a cooperative, multi-generational family farm at the western end of Amherst Island, in Lake Ontario. Those who work and live here are deeply committed to the environment in which they live. We plant trees and hedgerows and are a certified Monarch Way Station. No pesticides are broadcast on our land.
HOME OF – Sheila’s Greenhouse
945 Moscow Road, Yarker, ON
Preorder Prescheduled Curbside Pickup Only
Camden East Greenhouse Retail Outlet
McCormick’s Country Store
2561 County Rd 1, Camden East, ON
In Store Shopping
Sheila’s Greenhouse is a small, family run, rural, farm greenhouse grower, offering spring season plants for sale. We started out very small and have grown each year increasing our product line and our customer base.
Our business offers floral and vegetable transplants for the home gardener. Our plants are grown on the farm, The Cape Bretoner’s Farm Gate, 945 Moscow Road, Yarker, ON and are available May to July for in person retail sales at McCormick’s Country Store in Camden East, ON where the Retail Outlet Greenhouse is located
We grow from seed, a wide variety of traditional bedding plants, perennials, popular vegetables and herbs. In addition, we have chosen a selection of plugs and popular “Proven Winners (PW)” products to grow. All the hanging baskets and containers are designed and planted at the farm and we are always willing to offer growing suggestions and advice for individual customer needs.
Sheila’s Greenhouse is passionate about growing happy, healthy, hardy plants on the farm. Our plants will love your garden — planted with pride — grown with strong family roots!”
You can have your listing shown in the directory and on the main page of the Amherst Island website. Whether you’re a community organization or a business check out our advertising page for more information and the fee structure.
Our seasonal, volunteer-run shop offers fine art and crafts from Island and area artists and artisans at affordable prices. Come find handmade pottery, jewellery, clothing, accessories, fine art and photography, greeting cards, woodcraft, and much more. Non-handmade items are fundraisers for various organizations on the island (Museum, Women’s Institute, ISLE).
We are located in the historic Neilson Store Museum & Cultural Centre at 5220 Front Road at the east end of the village, and run under their hours:
May long weekend – Thanksgiving: Sat 10am – 4pm Sun 1pm – 4pm
July to Labour Day: Sat 10am – 4pm and Sun-Fri 1pm – 4pm
Opened in 2004, Amherst Island’s Neilson Store Museum highlights artifacts from Island families and Island history since its first settlement in 1789, when it was originally named Isle Tonti. Items in the collection include the MV Amherst Islander’s ship’s wheel, bell, and logs. Designated under the Ontario Heritage Act, the Museum itself is also an exhibit having once been owned by James S. Neilson, an island grain merchant who opened his first general store in 1873, with the store remaining in the Neilson family for more than one hundred years. Light Refreshments after the talk.