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Free Burlington and Oakville Homeowners Gardening Workshops coming up in May 2017

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Want to upgrade your yard, but don’t know where to start? Conservation Halton is offering a series of free gardening workshops in May to help Burlington and Oakville homeowners understand their impact on local water quality and learn eco-landscaping tips and techniques.

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, environmentally friendly and enhances the beauty of your garden and curb appeal.

The Burlington workshops are being held Tuesday May 2, 9 and 16 at the L.G Branch Auditorium at Mainway Community Centre, 4015 Mainway, Burlington, L7M 2L7. The Oakville workshops are being held on Thursday May 4, 11 and 25 at the Queen Elizabeth Park Community Center Rehearsal Hall, 2302 Bridge Road, Oakville, L6L 2G6.

These free gardening workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., those interested in attending are asked to pre-register. If you would like more information regarding these sessions, including how to register, please visit the Healthy Neighboursheds webpage, or call 905-336-1158, ext. 2284.

Here is the schedule of topics for Burlington and Oakville:

  • Getting Started! (May 2 and 4) - Find out how storm water is managed in your community and how it connects to you and your home at our introductory homeowner workshop. We will also discuss the newest trends in residential landscaping, and how you can use them to increase curb appeal, save money, and improve the health of our local watershed.
  • Working with Nature: Selecting the “Right” Plants (May 9 and 11) - Want a diverse garden with more birds and wildlife but less upkeep, watering and mowing? Naturalizing your yard by using native species, organic fertilizers, or a backyard pond may be the perfect solution for you. You will leave this workshop with the inspiration and know-how to make your garden a low-maintenance oasis.
  • Rain Gardens & Low-Impact Landscaping (May 16 and 25) - At this workshop you will discover how adding a rain barrel or garden to your home can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct rain water away from your home towards your plants, garden, or lawn. Manage storm water on your property using low-impact techniques that are sure to make your yard the envy of the neighbourhood.

Conservation Halton hosted free homeowner gardening workshops earlier this spring in Dundas and Waterdown.

Conservation Halton would like to acknowledge the following partners for the Homeowner Gardening Workshops – City of Burlington, Conservation Halton Foundation, Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System, Province of Ontario and Town of Oakville.

Get your Garden In-A-Box

Conservation Halton is pleased to once again offer three Garden In-A-Box kits for sale this spring to protect pollinators like the Monarch butterfly and provide habitat for them. Each kit contains 16 native plants and is being sold for $45 (plus HST).

There are three types of a Garden In-A-Box kits, please note the Shade Garden is now sold out:

  • Full Sun Garden Kit – The full sun garden kit is intended for areas in your yard that are relatively dry and receive direct sunlight for part of or all of the hours between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Shade Garden Kit – The shade garden kit is intended for areas in your yard that receive very little or no sunlight between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Rain Garden Kit – The rain garden kit is intended for areas in your yard that receive large amounts of water periodically, for example where your downspouts drain to.

Each kit is intended to be planted in an area roughly the size of a sheet of plywood (4 feet x 8 feet). Visit for more information on the plant species and to order your Garden In-A-Box.