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A Beginner’s Guide to Building a Rain Garden

Join us to plant a newly designed and constructed rain garden at the Waterloo Service Centre! We’ll walk you through the steps of building a rain garden in your own yard that will enhance and beautify your outdoor space! City of Waterloo staff will also be there to explain how you can receive stormwater credits on your water bill for managing rain where it falls using rain gardens and other techniques.

Rain gardens are constructed to capture a large volume of water, typically flowing out of a downspout. Rain gardens differ from conventional gardens because they are dug out and filled with a special mix of soil, sand and compost, enabling the garden to act like a sponge. They can provide habitat for pollinators and soak up rain so that it can reduce pollution and risk of flooding downstream.

We would ask that you bring your own tools and gardening gloves if you would like to participate in the planting activity. Also, please remember to wear closed-toed shoes and dress for the weather! This event will happen rain or shine except under extreme conditions.

Safety Protocols:

Registration in advance is required. The number of concurrent participants will be restricted to 15 or fewer. There will be two sessions that people can register for: at 1pm and 2pm (please only select one).

The workshop will take place 100% outside. Upon your arrival, our staff will conduct a COVID-19 screening check. Once passed, you will be checked in. A physical distance of 2 metres between you and others must be maintained during the event. All participants are required to wear a mask throughout the event. Please let us know in advance if you have a medical condition or other reason that prevents you from wearing a mask.


Becca Robinson | Workshop Facilitator

Becca Robinson is a Landscape Designer with Reep Green Solutions. Her design philosophy centres around the creation of places that promote the benefits of interacting with nature.


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Oct 10 2020


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Waterloo Service Centre
265 Lexington Court Waterloo, ON N2J 4R4
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