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Get ready for spring with free homeowner gardening workshops in Burlington and Waterdown this March

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Want to upgrade your yard, but don’t know where to start? Conservation Halton is offering a series of free gardening workshops in March to help Burlington and Waterdown 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.

The Burlington workshops will be held on Tuesdays (March 1, 8 and 22) in the Brant Hills Community Centre, 2255 Brant Street, Burlington. The Waterdown workshops will be held on Wednesdays (March 2, 9 and 23) in the Harry Howell Arena, 27 Highway 5, Waterdown (Clappison’s Corners).

These free gardening workshops will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., those interested in attending are asked to pre-register. 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. 2324.

Here is the schedule of topics for Burlington and Waterdown:

Getting Started! – March 1 and 2
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 – March 8 and 9
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 22 and 23
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.