Gutter to Rain Garden Workshop

Posted Monday, March 23, 2015

Water, water, everywhere – but not where you want it! Greater Vernon Water (GVW), in partnership with the City of Vernon and through the support of a Royal Bank of Canada (RBC) Blue Water Project and Okanagan Basin Water Board Grant, is hosting a ½ day workshop March 30, 2015 on the design and construction of a unique type of waterwise landscaping, rain gardens.

These gardens are irrigated by rain and stormwater run-off, taking advantage of water running off buildings, paved surfaces (like sidewalks or roadways), or pooling in yards. These unique landscape features are an aesthetically pleasing option for addressing drainage and run-off issues. Even in our dry climate, stormwater run-off can cause flooding problems. Once established, rain gardens often need little to no additional irrigation, making them a low maintenance waterwise landscape feature.

This workshop is aimed at those in the business of landscape or irrigation management, construction, and installation, including municipal and commercial landscape professionals. Attendees will learn how to:

  • Utilize stormwater for irrigation
  • Adapt the landscape to sustain, protect and enhance habitat
  • Design a rain garden adapted to Okanagan specific, specialized installations
  • Make plant choices which provide year-round interest and lower maintenance costs

Workshop Date: March 30, 2015
Workshop Time: 9:00 am to Noon
Workshop Location: Polson Park Heritage Hall (at the Xerindipity Garden next to the Okanagan Science Centre)

Pre-registration is required as space is limited. Call Ms. Zoe Kirk: 1-877-610-3737 ext. 4110 or email [email protected] to register.

The rain garden workshop for landscaping professionals is being offered at three locations in the Okanagan Basin. Contact Zoe Kirk for information on sessions being held in Kelowna and Penticton. There will also be workshops specific to homeowners offered throughout the Okanagan Basin, including Vernon, later in the spring.