2017 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 Water Conservation Hotline at 519-759-1511 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.

PLEASE NOTE: Our last seminar on March 29th had to be CANCELLED.


Below are the topics covered at the 2017 Gardening Seminars:

Natural Insect Controls - Bugs - the Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Presented by: Angie Allen, "Pathways to Perennials"
Location: Civic Centre Auditorium, 67-79 Market Street South
Date: Wednesday March 1st, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.


An informative but lively session on natural insect controls to combat the worst pests in your lawn and garden. Secrets that conquer - used by the pros. 

Garden Trends 

Presented by: Sean James, "Fern Ridge Landscaping & Eco-Consulting"
Location: T.B. Costain School, 16 Morrell Street
Date: Tuesday March 7th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm  


A look at current trends in landscaping including edible landscaping, gardening for bees, drought-tolerant landscaping and more! 

Click to open "Top Garden Trends" eBrochure

Local Landscape Transformations

Presented by: The City of Brantford, "Waterwise Landscape Recognition Committee"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street
Date: Wednesday March 15th, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


Learn about the grassroots movement in your own community where some of your most progressive neighbours are leading the way towards sustainable, waterwise landscaping. Learn, be inspired and get recognized! 

Click open Local Lanscape Transformations eBrochure online

Edible Landscaping - Beauty and the Feast

Presented by: Marjorie Mason, "Mason House Gardens"
Location: Civic Centre Auditorium, 67-79 Market Street South 
Date: Tuesday March 21st, 7:00 - 8:30 pm


How to incorporate fruits and vegetables in your garden scheme, including a "when to plant what" timetable. 

Waterwise Container Gardening 

Presented by: Diane Hutchinson, "Walters Greenhouse"
Location: TB Costain School, 16 Morrell Street 
Date: Thursday March 23rd, 7:00 – 8:30 pm


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

Resource Responsible Gardening

Presented by: Paul Zammit, "Toronto Botanical Gardens"
Location: Salvation Army - Wyndfield Community Church, 33 Diana Avenue 
Date: Saturday March 25th, 10:30 - Noon


Choices, choices, choices. Join Paul as he draws on his years of gardening experience to discuss how the plant choices we make, where we choose to grow our plants, and how we choose to maintain them in our gardens can greatly reduce stress and impact on our soils while helping to conserve precious resources such as water. 

Click view Resource Responsible Gardening eBrochure online

SEMINAR CANCELLED: Lawn Care the Natural Way

Presented by: Evelyn Wolf, "Garden Possibilities"
Location: Civic Centre Auditorium, 67-79 Market Street South
Date: Wednesday March 29th, 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Description: This seminar has been cancelled

This seminar will discuss how to build and maintain a healthy and beautiful lawn without chemicals and excess water. First we'll tackle how some of our traditional lawn care habits actually ENCOURAGE problems, and then lay out a sensible, fully organic routine to follow for a healthy lawn you can feel good about wiggling your toes in.