Want to upgrade your yard, but don’t know where to start? Conservation Halton is offering a series of gardening workshops starting in February to help Burlington and Hamilton homeowners create a healthy yard and understand the impact of their yards and neighbourhoods on local water quality.
Conservation Halton has assembled a team of experts who will lead you through all the steps to creating a gardening plan which is low cost, environmentally friendly, and enhances the beauty of your garden and curb appeal.
The Burlington workshops will be held on Tuesdays (February 20, 27 and March 6) at St. Matthew On-the-Plains, 126 Plains Rd E, Burlington, ON L7T 2C3. The Hamilton workshops will be held on Wednesdays (February 21, 28 and March 7) at Melrose United Church, 86 Homewood Ave, Hamilton, ON L8P 2M4.
All of these gardening workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. There is a small fee for the workshops to help cover the costs; the full series of three workshops is $20 (tax included), while each workshop separately is $8 (tax included). 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. 2285.
Here is the schedule of topics for Burlington and Hamilton:
- Getting Started! (February 20 and 21) - 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 (February 27 and 28) - 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 (March 6 and 7) - 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.