Embracing the Wild: Gardening with Native Plants

The CRD, in partnership with Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, offers residents in the Capital Region connected to the Sooke Lake Reservoir water supply a free three hour introductory workshop on gardening with drought-resistant native plants.

Topics covered:

  • Native plant identification and their cultural history
  • A review the benefits of native plants
  • Information on how and where to grow native plants
  • Tips for reducing and eliminating grass based lawns
  • Information on how to create natural habitats, such as meadows, thickets, woodlands
  • Discussions on how to attract beneficial insects and birds to the garden
  • Includes a tour of the Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary native plant gardens

Workshops will be offered on-site at Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary, 12:30 - 3:30pm on:

  • Friday, October 16 2020
  • Saturday, October 17 2020
  • Friday, October 30 2020
  • Saturday, October 31 2020

Each workshop is limited to eight participants and pre-registration is required. Please call Swan Lake at 250.479.0211 to register or stop by in person at the Swan Lake Nature House to reserve your spot.

Drop-ins can not be accommodated.

Native Species Garden Giveaway


Pre-register for workshops.
Call Swan Lake
Tel: 250.479.0211

Workshops are sponsored by CRD Environmental Protection.