How to Build a Rain Garden and Swale | Avenue Road Baptist Church Work Party
May 25 | 10:00 am - 4:00 pmFree
Join us for a work party where you will learn how to build a rain garden that soaks up water and a swale to channel excess water off of your landscape. Come to observe or better still, pitch in to help us create a beautiful and natural solution to manage the water at Avenue Road Baptist Church. Natural features such as rain gardens and swales work together to soak up run-off and channel it safely away from danger zones to avoid overflow to neighbouring properties.
Join us anytime between 10am – 4pm, remember to wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather! No requirements to join the party, everyone is welcome to help out! Nothing is required for participation except an appetite as our host will be providing food and refreshments for volunteers.
A TIMELINE OF THE DAY’S EVENTS
(times are approximate)
- 10:00 am – 10:05 am: Introduction by Executive Director Mary Jane Patterson
- 10:05 am – 10:20 am: Presentation about rain gardens and swales
- 10:20 am – 12:15 pm: Pitch in to construct the swale
- 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Break for lunch (will be provided)
- 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Fine tuning of landscaping, planting, and watering
- 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Cleaning up
Michael Albanese, Certified RAIN Home Visit Guide, Reep Green Solutions
Michael Albanese is an experienced landscaper and master rain gardener who has worked with homeowners to address drainage problems and educate them about green infrastructure on topics such as rain gardens, permeable paving and rainwater harvesting. Michael graduated from University of Waterloo in the Geography and Environmental Management program.
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