Healthy Neighboursheds

Want to make your yard look more beautiful, attract pollinator species and prevent flooding on your property?

Conservation Halton offers a series of workshops called Healthy Neighboursheds to help local residents learn about low impact landscaping.

The purpose of low impact landscaping is to work with nature to create beautiful and healthy home gardens that manage rainwater, use less energy and resources, and benefit local water quality and wildlife. With practical information and expert insights from Conservation Halton staff, Healthy Neighboursheds will help you design and create your own low impact garden.

For questions about the Healthy Neighboursheds program, please email stewardship@hrca.on.ca. 


Managing Rain Where It Falls
Wednesday, March 20 (6:30pm – 8pm)

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.


Cultivating Resilience with Bountiful Urban Food Forests
Wednesday, March 27 (6:30pm – 8pm)

Delve into the science and art of creating a backyard food forest as we explore regenerative urban agriculture. We will share practical insights from Halton Environmental Network’s de-pave initiatives and their ongoing journey of establishing an urban food forest. We will offer inspiration for anyone looking to enhance their greenspace — big or small —  with edible native plants to build a more resilient and biodiverse community.


Building ‘Community’ Gardens: Diversifying your Garden to Create Healthier Neighbourhoods
Wednesday, April 3 (6:30pm – 8pm)

How do we create a garden with more birds, bees, biodiversity, and less upkeep, watering, weeding, and mowing? A garden is not just for human beings, but many non-human beings as well. We will share tips and tricks about how to create a diverse, naturalized yard with native species that attract pollinators. You will leave this workshop with the inspiration to create a functioning ecosystem in your yard and a welcoming community for all beings.


In-person Workshop: Design Your Native Landscape
Saturday, April 20 (9:00am – 3:30pm)

Location: Brant Hills Community Centre, 2255 Brant Street, Burlington

Put your learning into practice! In this full-day workshop, you will learn how to design, implement, and maintain a low-impact development project at home. Join us to hear from local ecologists, landscape designers, and homeowners who have designed their own native landscapes. We will end the day with small group discussions with the experts to address your specific garden designs. Lunch is included!

Getting Started: Managing Rain Where it Falls
Thursday, November 9 (6:30pm – 8pm)

In this virtual introductory homeowner workshop, you’ll learn how to protect your property and community by managing stormwater at home. 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. Join us as we share information on local funding opportunities that can help you create your own beautiful and low-cost garden projects.


Selecting and Maintaining Urban Trees
Thursday, November 16 (6:30pm – 8pm)

Learn tips and tricks for how to plan your garden with trees! Led by a trained arborist, this virtual workshop will help you select tree species based on your garden’s conditions. You will also learn about what to look for when purchasing a tree and best practices for planting and maintaining a tree.


Putting your Garden to Bed & How to Be Salt Smart
Thursday, November 23 (6:30pm – 8pm)

Gardens still need attention in the winter — we can help you put your garden to bed naturally! In this virtual workshop, you will be guided on how to better use leaf mulch and compost. We will also discuss how salt impacts your garden and how you can be salt smart to keep your garden healthy and beautiful year-round.