Embracing the Wild: Native Plant Workshops

Our Native Plant Workshops are back in person for 2022.

Lecture portion is outdoors under our big tent and tour afterwards in the gardens.

Dress for the weather.


Capital region residents are invited to attend a FREE online introductory workshop about gardening with drought-resistant native plants.

Pre-registration is required. Each workshop has a maximum enrollment of 20 participants.

Saturday, September 10

Sunday, September 11

Saturday, September 24

Sunday, September 25

Time: 12:30-3:30 pm

Session includes:

  • native plant identification
  • an overview of the cultural history & ecological benefits of native plants
  • a tour of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature Sanctuary native plant gardens, and
  • an introduction to the CRD’s water conservation program
Red Flowering Currant in front of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House
Red Flowering Currant in front of the Swan Lake Christmas Hill Nature House

Please bring a draft garden plan, noting light and soil conditions. Find resources for drafting a garden plan here and here.

Native Plant Gardening Resource links:

Garry Oak Gardeners Handbook (free pdf download) 

(or buy a hardcopy in the Nature House gift shop at the Nature Sanctuary!)

CRD Native Gardening

CRD Design a Native Plant Garden Student Assignment

Victoria Master Gardeners

Native Plant Handouts to Further Help You To Design Your Garden

These workshops and handouts are proudly supported by the:

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