Beginner Garden Class
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to find out about the fee and
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
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
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.
Our Water Wise Program involves three programs: Beauty
on a Budget - Beginner Gardening Course, Digging In - Intermediate
course and Composting