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Free Milton Homeowners Gardening Workshops coming up in May 2016

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Want to upgrade your yard, but don’t know where to start? Conservation Halton is once again offering a series of free workshops to help Milton 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. Workshops will include information on stormwater, native species, rain gardens, and low-impact landscaping. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to our team of experts on all these topics.

The free gardening workshops are being held in the Games Room of the Milton Seniors Activity Centre (500 Childs Drive) from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and there will be giveaways at each session. The schedule and topics are:

  • Getting Started – Wednesday, May 4: Find out how the neighbourhood ponds in Milton connect 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 help increase curb appeal, save money, and improve the health of our local watershed.
  • Working with Nature: Selecting the “Right” Plants – Wednesday, May 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 and Low-Impact Landscaping – Wednesday, May 18: At this workshop you will discover how adding a rain barrel or rain garden can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct stormwater away from your home towards your plants, garden, or lawn. Manage stormwater on your property using low-impact techniques that are sure to make your yard the envy of the neighbourhood.

Please register for the workshops online at www.conservationhalton.ca/healthyneighboursheds or call 905-336-1158 extension 2284.

Conservation Halton is pleased to 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 $35 (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 www.conservationhalton.ca/garden-in-a-box for more information on the plant species and to order your Garden In-A-Box.