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Building community while building a rain garden

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St. Francis of Assisi Church

49 Blueridge Avenue

Kitchener, Ontario

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Presenters:

  • Becca Robinson, RAIN Coach, Reep Green Solutions

  • Patrick Gilbride, RAIN Program Manager, Reep Green Solutions

Workshop Description:

St. Francis of Assisi is the patron saint of ecologists. So it is only appropriate that the community will come together to build a rain garden at the church named in his honour. The rain garden will provide habitat for wildlife and inspire others in the neighbourhood to help protect the environment. RAIN Coach Becca Robinson will guide participants, step by step, through the construction of a rain garden. Following a short educational presentation on rain gardens at 10 am, participants are invited to help convert an unused patch of grass into a rain garden that will soak up stormwater that would otherwise run-off.

Rain gardens are constructed to capture a large volume of water. Rain gardens differ from conventional gardens because they are dug out and filled with a special soil/compost mixture, enabling the garden to act like a sponge. Learn step by step how to construct a rain garden to maximize its ability to capture water, while also enhancing and beautifying your outdoor space!

This workshop is part of our RAIN Smart Neighbourhoods project, in which two Kitchener neighbourhoods – Lakeside and Mount Hope – are receiving support to beautify their homes with landscapes that manage rain where it falls. If you live in one of these neighbourhoods, get in touch to see how we can help you make your home more RAIN Smart!

A timeline of the day’s events is as follows (times are approximate):

10:00 am - 10:15 am Rain garden presentation
10:15 am – 11:30 am:
Digging out the rain garden
11:30 am – 12:15 pm: Refilling the rain garden with special soil/compost mix
12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Break for lunch
1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Planting plants, adding mulch, watering plants
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Cleaning up

Funder and Partner Acknowledgement:

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

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


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