2019 Gardening Seminars 

Want to learn how to add curb appeal to your home? We host free gardening seminars for City residents in the month of March to help you change your green space into an attractive, waterwise landscape.

To register for any of the seminars shown below, please email your name(s), home address, phone number, and the seminars you are interested in attending to waterconservation@brantford.ca, or call us at 519-759-4150. Walk-ins on the day of the workshop may also be possible if room is available.

Below are the topics covered at the 2019 Gardening Seminars:

Accessible Gardening Tips for Big Veggie Yields in Small Spaces

Presented by: Gloria Ord, Equal Ground Community Gardens
Date: Tuesday, March 5th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell Street

Description:
Great news for those wishing to successfully grow vegetables and other plants in tight spaces or accessible places! Excellent alternatives to conventional gardening layouts and techniques now exist. Come learn more about "Square Foot" and other container gardening methods that offer accessibility, increased productivity per square foot, less watering, improved soil drainage, and better pest control to name a few.

Nifty Natives

Presented by: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Thursday, March 7th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell Street

Description:
Various desirable, ornamental natives, including some you may not even know are native will be covered. Location suitability will be dealt with, including addressing difficult soils and situations. Benefits to birds and pollinators will also be discussed

Waterwise Container Gardening

Presented by: Diane Hutchinson, Walters Greenhouse
Date: Monday, March 18th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 67-79 Market St. S.

Description:
This seminar will discuss gardening with containers that don't require a lot of water or a lot of work.

Dwarf Conifers - Made Easy

Presented by: Darren Heimbecker, Whistling Gardens
Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell Street

Description:
A look into some of the most maintenance free plants in the landscape. Origins, their uses, and ability to grow in just about any condition will be discussed.

Fusion Gardening®: Doing 'Good'…Beautifully

Presented by: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design
Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell Street

Description:
Encouraged by many municipalities and regions, Fusion Gardening® blends LID (rainwater handling) with xeriscaping (drought-tolerant gardening) and folds in plantings to enhance biodiversity. This style aims to engage the public with beauty. Since it's so important that property owners take up this gauntlet, we'll address the backbone of each of these disciplines, and discuss how to do each artfully.

Resourceful Responsible Container Gardening

Presented by: Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanical Garden
Date: Wednesday, March 27nd, 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Location: Civic Center Auditorium, 67-79 Market St. S.

Description:
Join a passionate plants-man and avid container gardener for an enthusiastic presentation. He will share his experience and passion for making every drop of water, growing location, plant choice, and maintenance activity count in our gardens to greatly reduce impacts on the environment and stress on ourselves. Learn about growing winter hardy and tropical succulent plants both in the garden and in eye-catching container combinations.

Preparing for the Next Big Rain with Attractive, Dramatic Landscape Transformations

Presented by: Becca Robinson, REEP Green Solutions
Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell Street

Description:
As part of the Kitchener's RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods Project, homeowners have received landscape design support to achieve goals for their outdoor space while managing stormwater to benefit the natural surroundings. Be inspired by some of the dramatic before, during and after photos from gardeners who have endeavoured to install rain gardens and other rain smart landscape features that create beautiful and natural spaces for people and wildlife.