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Beauty on a Budget - Waterwise Gardening

The Calgary Horticultural Society, has a fantastic workshop providing the basic steps that will help you achieve a beautiful yard that's easy on the wallet and the environment too!  Participants will receive tools, resources and knowledge to help implement long term, sustainable yard practices. If you are interested in hosting a workshop in your community or business email today at office@calhort.org to find out about the fee and times available.

 

 

What is the Project?

The Calgary Horticultural Society and The City of Calgary are working together to increase knowledge and awareness that we are all connected to the rivers and actions in our own yard have a lasting impact on it. Society experts developed yard smart education material with this in mind but added the lens of creating beauty in a cost effective way. Water Wise Gardening is all about reducing outdoor water consumption and managing storm water quality and quantity on Calgarians' properties while still creating a beautiful garden.

 

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Why Plant for Clean Water?

The Problem- storm water runoff is our biggest water quality threat.  Storm water runoff whisks pollutants from our streets to our rivers and streams via storm drains.

The Solution- Planting for clean water is part of the solution to water pollution because it mimics nature and natural hydrology.  In natural landscapes, rain tends to soak into the ground gradually.  However, nowadays, much of the land is covered by impervious surfaces - such as streets, parking lots and roofs - where the water cannot soak into the ground.  There are plantings that help infiltrate water back into the ground and stop the storm water runoff.

Lush and lovely- Add variety and interest to your landscape by choosing from plants certain to flourish in a variety of soil types and light conditions.  Form countless combinations of plants and design a garden that produces blooms all season long.

Easy on the wallet- Hardly ever buy replacement plants, annuals, fertilizers, and pesticides again. Plus, once established, these plants need no watering, saving thousands of gallons each year.  (Lawn watering accounts for 50% of home water usage!)  For every lawn problem, there's a cost-effective native plant solution.

Clean water- Everyone has 'riverfront' property since streets connect to rivers and streams through underground storm sewer pipes.  In natural landscapes, rain tends to soak into the ground gradually.  However, much of the land is covered by impervious surfaces - such as streets, parking lots and roofs - where the water cannot soak into the ground.  Instead, water runs-off rapidly through storm sewers carrying pollutants collected along the way directly into our rivers.  Since storm water runoff is the number one water quality problem facing us, what you plant in your yard to help water soak in makes a difference.  Native plants and rain gardens help clean water naturally since they generally have deep root systems that anchor soil and act as filters, collecting dirty run-off from streets and rooftops, and separating out pollutants while absorbing water and decreasing flooding.

Kind to critters- Natural gardens provide a natural habitat as well as nectar, pollen, and seeds for bees, butterflies, birds and other wildlife.

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Our Water Wise Program involves three programs: Beauty on a Budget - Beginner Gardening Course, Digging In - Intermediate course and Composting