Healthy Neighboursheds are a series of resident workshops hosted by Conservation Halton to provide the public with information about low impact landscaping. The purpose of low impact landscaping is to work with nature to create beautiful, healthy gardens that help manage rainwater, use less energy and resources, and benefit water quality in the surrounding area.
Mercredi, April 26, 6:30-8pm
Getting Started! Learning to Go with the Flow
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 discuss new trends in residential landscaping, and how you can take advantage of rainwater in your garden to save money, increase your home’s curb appeal, and improve the health of our local watershed.
Mercredi, May 3, 6:30-8pm
Building ‘Community’ Gardens: Diversifying your Garden to Create Healthier Neighbourhoods
What goes into creating a community garden? A garden not just for human beings but many non-human beings as well. A garden with more birds, bees, and biodiversity, and less upkeep, watering, weeding, and mowing? The solution is creating a nursery for diversity and naturalizing your yard by planting native species that attract pollinators. You will leave this workshop with the inspiration to create a functioning ecosystem right in your yard that will be a welcoming community for all beings.
Mercredi, May 10, 6:30 – 8pm
Rain Gardens and Low-Impact Landscaping
At this workshop you will discover how adding a rain barrel or rain garden can be a simple, inexpensive way to direct storm 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.
WINTER SERIES (2022)
Getting Started: How “Rainscaping” Can Protect Your Property
At this introductory workshop you will learn how water is managed to protect residents from flooding as well as environmentally friendly gardening techniques to help you solve water issues on your property. Join us as we share information on local funding opportunities that can help you get started and provide resources to help you create beautiful low-cost garden projects.
The Dirt on Soil: Composting and Building Healthier Soil
Mycorrhizae, what’s that? At this workshop you will learn what mycorrhizae is and the role it, and soil play in the food web. We will also go over how soil connects to Climate Change, how it absorbs carbon, and how you can effectively compost to build better soil in your garden. This workshop will also discuss urban soil’s effect on trees, and fungal ID tips for some common wood decay, and mycorrhizal fungi.
Designing Your Native Landscape Workshop
Join us as we learn from experts about native plants and eco-landscaping. Discover why landscaping with native plants matters, how to choose the right plants for your yard, and how to harvest and clean seeds, all while exploring the latest trends, designs, and techniques in eco-gardening
Putting your Garden to Bed: Winterizing your Yard and Being Salt Smart
Gardens still need attention in the Winter – let us help you put your garden to bed naturally and create Fall/Winter interest in your yard. We will give you guidance on how to better use leaf mulch and compost as well as how to source native plants. We will also cover how salt impacts your garden and how you can be salt smart to keep your garden beautiful and healthy year-round