Homeowner Workshops begin April 2019 in Oakville and Burlington

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Want to upgrade your yard, but do not know where to start?

Conservation Halton is offering a series of gardening workshops, called the Healthy Neighboursheds Homeowner Workshops, for homeowners to learn about landscaping techniques that will save them money and time.

Conservation Halton has assembled a team of experts who will lead you through all the steps to creating a gardening plan that is low cost, beautiful, and improves the health of our local watershed.

“The workshops clarified what a rain garden is and, more importantly, how to create one from scratch in my backyard”, said Daniel Moore, a past participant in the Healthy Neighboursheds Homeowner Workshops. “It also taught me some things I wasn’t expecting to learn about, like how a rain arbor can solve tricky downspout spots, and attracting pollinators”.

Participants will learn valuable knowledge from staff, and local experts, about simple, inexpensive methods to direct rainwater; how to attract pollinators; sourcing native plants, and building backyard ponds. Previous participant Wendy Kivell said, “Before I attended these workshops, I knew a little bit about mulching, but nothing about how to protect and attract beneficial insects, bees and butterflies. The workshops were very informative”.

“We want people to feel empowered and knowledgeable about the latest environmentally-friendly gardening and landscaping techniques after attending,” said Kim Barrett, Associate Director of Science and Partnerships with Conservation Halton. “The more information homeowners have, the better they are able to do tackle projects that beautify their yards, and also benefit the environment”.

The Oakville workshops will be Tuesdays in April on April 9, 16, and 23, at Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, L6L 3L5. Each workshop has its own theme including “Getting Started”, “Working With Nature” and “Rain Gardens and Low Impact Landscaping”, respectively. The Burlington workshops will be Thursdays in April on April 11, 18, and 25, at Tansley Woods Community Centre, 1996 Itabashi Way, Burlington, L7M 4J8.

These workshops in Oakville and Burlington will run from 6:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. There is a small fee to help cover the costs. The full series of three workshops is $20 (tax included), while each workshop separately is $8 (tax included).

Those interested in attending are asked to register as space is limited. If you would like more information regarding these sessions, including how to register, please visit the Healthy Neighboursheds webpage at, or call 905-336-1158, ext. 2324.

Conservation Halton would like to acknowledge the following partners for the Homeowner Gardening Workshops –Conservation Halton Foundation, and Pratt & Whitney Canada.