2018 Gardening Seminars 

Want to learn how to add curb appeal to your home?  Each year the City of Brantford hosts free Gardening Seminars for City residents in the month of March. These seminars vary in topic to educate residents on the best way to convert their green space into an attractive, waterwise landscape.

If you have any questions on this program, or TO REGISTER FOR ANY OF THE SEMINARS SHOWN BELOW, please call the City at 519-759-4150 or e-mail your name(s), home address and phone number, along with the seminars you are interested in attending to: waterconservation@brantford.ca. Walk-ins on the day of the workshop may also be possible if room is available.


Below are the topics covered at the 2018 Gardening Seminars:

What to do with a Downpour?

Presented by: Sean James, "Fern Ridge Landscaping and Eco-Consulting"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street
Date: Thursday March 1st, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


Flooding has become the #1 insurance claim in Canada. Large storms have devastating consequences for homeowners, where flood waters enter their basements. Landscaping techniques will be discussed that guide storm water away from your foundation and aid in soaking it into the soil, while adding value and beauty to your home. Come and learn how to design and build a rain garden, including placement, construction, and interesting plant choices. 

Raised Bed Revolution 

Presented by: Tara Nolan
Location: Northridge Golf Course, 320 Balmoral Drive
Date: Monday March 5th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm  


Whether you have a teeny tiny patio or a big yard, raised beds are a great gardening solution that allows you to garden almost anywhere. Learn how it’s done along with multiple benefits ranging from covering up poor soil, and better accessibility to suitability for edibles and extending the growing season. 

Kitchen Gardens - Today's Hottest Trend with a Historical Perspective

Presented by: Victoria Bick, "Dundurn Castle Gardens"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street
Date: Wednesday March 7th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


In the Victorian era, kitchen gardens provided the homes of the wealthy and powerful with fruits and vegetables, flowers for fresh use and drying, herbs, medicinal plants, as well as beautiful pleasure grounds. The restored two-acre kitchen garden at Dundurn Castle in Hamilton includes over 200 different varieties of heirloom fruits and vegetables grown according to historic methods. Come learn about the methods for recreating the historic garden, sources for restoration, and the trials and tribulations of historic gardening. 

Lawns You'll Love

Presented by: Aileen Barclay, "Resource Management Strategies Inc."
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street 
Date: Wednesday March 21st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Learn how to manage your lawn so it successfully pulls through the dry times of our changing climate. 

Growing Succulents in a Waterwise Garden 

Presented by: Paul Zammitt, "Toronto Botanical Gardens"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street 
Date: Thursday March 22rd, 7:00 – 8:30 pm


Join a passionate plants-man and avid container gardener for an enthusiastic presentation as he shares his experience and passion for making every drop of water count - growing winter hardy and tropical succulent plants both in the garden and in
eye-catching container combinations.  

Waterwise Gardens Designed with Curb Appeal

Presented by: Jeff Mason, "Mason House Gardens"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street 
Date: Sunday March 25th, 2:00 - 3:30 pm


Save time and money with a water wise garden that adds curb appeal to your home. Come learn about design ideas and plant selections for an attractive, easy care, water conserving landscape. 

Water Your Garden, Not Your Basement

Presented by: Sue Brocklebank & Lindsay Campbell, "GRCA"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street 
Date: Tuesday March 27th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm


Climate change is making weather more unpredictable. Wondering how to manage water from heavy rains? Learn about how raingardens, comprised of native plants, use and absorb the overland flow of stormwater on your property.