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Free workshops for Milton homeowners with tips and ideas on how to create a healthy yard

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Want to upgrade your yard, but don’t know where to start? Conservation Halton is offering a series of free workshops in June 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 that is low cost, environmentally friendly and enhances the beauty of your garden and curb appeal.

“We sometimes get questions from Milton residents who are interested in finding out about the purpose of their local storm water ponds. We happen to have quite a few of these ponds in Milton, and combining residents’ curiosity with their passion for landscaping and gardening, we at Conservation Halton saw an opportunity to engage the community around both issues – healthy gardening, and water,” said Hassaan Basit, Director Communications Services.

“This workshop series will be an excellent way for residents to learn about the types of plants and other enhancements they can make to their yards that can save them money, look amazing, positively impact water quality and quantity, and help local flora and fauna. At the end of the workshops, I expect people to come away with great practical tips and an appreciation of the impacts their gardening choices can have on the local environment,” added Basit.

The free gardening workshops are being held in the Library at 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:

Get Started – Thursday, June 12
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 help your neighbourhood’s conservation efforts.

Backyard Ponds and Selecting the “Right” Plants – Thursday, June 19
Want a diverse garden with more birds and wildlife but less upkeep, watering and mowing? Adding native species or installing a backyard pond may be perfect for you. Learn from our experts how adding native plants or a backyard pond can benefit your property and pocketbook.

Rain Barrels and Rain Gardens - Thursday June 26
Learn about disconnecting your downspout, and how adding a rain barrel or garden to your home can be a simple, inexpensive way to use rain to water your plants, garden or lawn.

The series of workshops will wrap up with an Ask the Experts session and Community Barbeque which is scheduled for Sunday, June 29 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Kelso Conservation Area. The family-friendly event will be a chance for you, your friends and neighbours to receive some free advice your garden plans from landscapers, engineers, garden gurus and Conservation Halton staff.

Please register online or call 905-336-1158 extension 2324.