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How to Build a Rain Garden and Swale | Avenue Road Baptist Church Work Party

Reep Green Solutions

Saturday, 15 June 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

How to Build a Rain Garden and Swale | Avenue Road...

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Join us for a work party where you will learn how to build a rain garden that soaks up water and a swale to channel excess water off of your landscape. Come to observe or better still, pitch in to help us create a beautiful and natural solution to manage the water at Avenue Road Baptist Church. Natural features such as rain gardens and swales work together to soak up run-off and channel it safely away from danger zones to avoid overflow to neighbouring properties.

Join us anytime between 10am – 4pm, remember to wear closed toed shoes and dress for the weather! No requirements to join the party, everyone is welcome to help out! Nothing is required for participation except an appetite as our host will be providing food and refreshments for volunteers.


Presenter Michael Albanese

Michael Albanese, Certified RAIN Home Visit Guide, Reep Green Solutions

Michael Albanese is an experienced landscaper and master rain gardener who has worked with homeowners to address drainage problems and educate them about green infrastructure on tpoics such as rain gardens, permeable paving and rainwater harvesting. Michael graduated from University of Waterloo in the Geography and Environmental Management program.


(times are approximate)

  • 10:00 am – 10:05 am: Introduction by Reep Green Solutions' Patrick Gilbride
  • 10:05 am – 10:20 am: Presentation about rain gardens and swales
  • 10:20 am – 12:15 pm: Pitch in to construct the swale
  • 12:15 pm – 1:00 pm: Break for lunch (will be provided)
  • 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm: Finetuning of landscaping, planting, and watering
  • 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm: Cleaning up


We encourage you to use a sustainable form of transportation such as walking, cycling or carpool.


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Avenue Road Baptist Church
465 Avenue Rd
Cambridge, ON N1R 5S4

Saturday, 15 June 2019 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Reep Green Solutions

Reep Green Solutions is an environmental charity that helps people in Waterloo Region live sustainably. Our current focus is on addressing climate change through residential energy efficiency and storm water management.  


Reep’s mission is to empower the community with the practical tools, knowledge and capacity for action to make sustainable living the norm.


Many of our programs and services are delivered using a social enterprise model.

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