Gardening Seminars

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

To register for any of the seminars listed below, please contact us by email or phone with your name, home address, phone number, and the seminars you are interested in attending. Walk-ins on the day of the workshop may also be possible if room is available. 

Space is currently available in all seminars listed below:

Accessible Gardening Tips for Big Veggie Yields in Small Spaces (Tuesday, March 5th, 2019)

Presented by: Gloria Ord, Equal Ground Community Gardens

Date: Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

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.

 

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Nifty Natives (Thursday, March 7th, 2019)

Presented by: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design

Date: Thursday, March 7th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

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.

 

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Waterwise Container Gardening (Monday, March 18th, 2019)

Presented by: Diane Hutchinson, Walters Greenhouse

Date: Monday, March 18th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Civic Centre 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.

 

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Dwarf Conifers - Made Easy (Wednesday, March 20th, 2019)

Presented by: Darren Heimbecker, Whistling Gardens

Date: Wednesday, March 20th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

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.

 

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Fusion Gardening®: Doing ‘Good’…Beautifully (Tuesday, March 26th, 2019)

Presented by: Sean James, Sean James Consulting and Design

Date: Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

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.

 

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Resourceful Responsible Container Gardening (Wednesday, March 27th, 2019)

Presented by: Paul Zammit, Toronto Botanical Garden

Date: Wednesday, March 27th, 2019 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Location: Civic Centre 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.

 

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Preparing for the Next Big Rain with Attractive, Dramatic Landscape Transformations (Saturday, March 30th, 2019)

Presented by: Becca Robinson, REEP Green Solutions

Date: Saturday, March 30th, 2019 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Location: T.B. Costain/SC Johnson Community Centre, 16 Morrell St.

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.

 

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