These workshops will give you an introduction to designing beautiful, functional, and healthy yards that are rain smart and beneficial to nature and people alike. These workshops will focus on rain smart techniques and the best places to integrate them into your outdoor space, including:

  • rain gardens
  • naturalized landscaping
  • infiltration galleries
  • rainwater harvesting
  • permeable pavement
  • other aspects of healthy yards, such as attracting bees and butterflies

Workshop # 1: Healthy Yards 101 | Idea Spark

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

We will printout an aerial map of your property in advance. After a brief overview, you will be guided through the process of analyzing your property to determine what healthy yard features would work best for your space and lifestyle. We will sketch out your ideas to give you a sense of the size and scope of your project(s).

You will leave the workshop with a basic plan for your yard and additional resources to help implement your healthy yard project. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself. If you want help developing a more detailed plan, register for the next workshop in the series Healthy Yards: Designing Your Garden.

Workshop # 2: Healthy Yards 201 | Planning

  • Presentation: 7:00 p.m.
  • Design Exercise: 7:20 – 9:00 p.m.

This workshop is perfect for Do-it-Yourselfers who have an early-stage plan for their healthy yard and desire additional design support to fulfill their vision. We will build upon the concepts and principles learned in Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning and guide you through a more detailed design for your healthy yard project.

The workshop will specifically focus on project planning and planting design for rain gardens and naturalized landscapes, including topics such as:

  • planting for year round interest
  • the best plants for rain gardens
  • materials calculations (i.e. compost, sand, mulch)

Participants will learn how to develop a design for a part (or all) of their yard and create a shopping list for plants and related materials required to implement the project successfully.

Come with a specific gardening project in mind, including its rough size and location. This could possibly be developed during the Healthy Yards: Idea Spark & Planning workshop. We will develop a more detailed drawing of your garden during the workshop to effectively determine the number of plants and other materials you will require, so knowledge of the dimensions, sun exposure, and soil conditions (wet, dry, or moist or sand, silt or clay) will be helpful.

Presenter: Becca Robinson

Becca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design and is currently the RAIN Coach for REEP Green Solutions. Her practice of landscape architecture centres around the creation of places that promote and celebrate the benefits of interacting with nature.

She has been the landscape designer for prestigious projects such as Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, a City of Edinburgh park adjacent to the Holyrood Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR). She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

Funder and Partner Acknowledgement

We would like to acknowledge our project partners, the City of Kitchener, Partners for Action from the University of Waterloo, and Green Communities Canada.

This project is funded through a donation from the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) that supports projects that contribute to healthy and vibrant Ontario communities.

Sustainable Speakers Series

This workshop will give you insight on a variety of rain smart features and provide guidance on when best to employ them. There will be an emphasis on rain gardens and infiltration galleries, but also information on rainwater harvesting, permeable pavement and other ways to manage water where it falls.  We will discuss how to maximize the effectiveness of your rain smart yard and help you to develop a design.

Participants, please come to the workshop with a printout or sketch of your property with dimensions of your house and location of your downspouts indicated. Participants will leave the workshop with a basic design sketch and additional resources to implement a rain smart project in your own yard. The design sketch can help to facilitate discussion with a contractor or form the basis of the plan to do it yourself.

Participants should bring:

  • Print out of the property from Google Earth or a sketch with dimensions of their home
  • Photographs of any areas of interest on their property that may be relevant

Materials provided for workshop:

  • Blank paper
  • Trace paper
  • Coloured pencils and/or markers
  • Tape

Take-home resources for participants:

  • Greening Your Grounds workbook
  • Plant list for rain gardens
  • REEP supplier list

PRESENTED BY OUR RAIN COACH

View More: http://lindsayhiattphotography.pass.us/springgulchBecca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design and is currently the RAIN Coach for REEP Green Solutions.  Her practice of landscape architecture centres around the creation of places that promote and celebrate the benefits of interacting with nature.

She has been the landscape designer for prestigious projects such as Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, a City of Edinburgh park adjacent to the Holyrood Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR).  She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

AGENDA

  • Doors Open: 1:15 p.m.
  • Workshop: 1:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE:  2:15 – 3:30 P.M.

Stay to explore the REEP House for Sustainable Living. Or come to check out the house’s sustainable features.

Increase the health of your yard … for you, your community, and our near-by nature

There are many ways to increase the health of your yard – via rain gardens, pollinator gardens, water efficient gardens, rain harvesting, and more. The challenging parts are prioritizing some or all of these options and knowing when, where and how to incorporate them into your landscape.

The goal of this workshop is to demonstrate how a quick site analysis of your property can illuminate the best location for at least one healthy yard feature. We will discuss the importance of a vision for your outdoor space and how to manage the trade-offs between various landscape features. After all, one of the healthiest things you can do in your landscape is create an outdoor space that you love!

Participants should bring a print out of their property from Google Earth (or a hand-drawn sketch) with a north arrow, a few key measurements noted, downspouts marked, and any other important features indicated.

Our Speaker

View More: http://lindsayhiattphotography.pass.us/springgulchBecca Robinson is the Principal Designer and Owner of Grow and Gather Design and is currently the RAIN Coach for REEP Green Solutions.  Her practice of landscape architecture centres around the creation of places that promote and celebrate the benefits of interacting with nature.

She has been the landscape designer for prestigious projects such as Maggie’s Cancer Care Centre, a City of Edinburgh park adjacent to the Holyrood Palace (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), and the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge (DRIWR).  She has a Masters of Landscape Architecture from University of Michigan and a B.S. in Environmental Science from University of North Carolina.

AGENDA

  • Doors Open: 1:15 p.m.
  • Workshop: 1:30 p.m.

OPEN HOUSE:  2:15 – 3:30 P.M.

Stay to explore the REEP House for Sustainable Living. Or come to check out the house’s sustainable features.

Transportation and Parking

If REEP House for Sustainable Living is a short walk from your home that is the best way to get there.

We have a bike rack in front of the house for several bicycles. Since the house is very close to the Iron Horse Trail that may be a good choice.

Several GRT bus routes use Queen Street and have stops near Mill Street.

If you are driving, we encourage you to car pool with others you know are attending.

Since the house only has a few parking spots, we have arranged for parking spaces in a small private lot off Mitchell Street. Just walk across the grass to the back of the house or use the sidewalk on Queen to enter the front of the house.


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