Embracing the Wild: Native Plant Workshops

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

You will learn about:

  • 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

Time: 12:00-3:00 pm
Where: Swan Lake Nature Sanctuary, 3873 Swan Lake Road, classroom to the right inside the Nature House front doors. Garden tour to follow - please dress for the weather.

Parking is in the main lot or in the overflow lot at 841 Ralph St.

Pre-registration is required and costs $5.

This covers the cost of a packet of locally grown native seeds.

In-person workshops have a maximum enrollment of 30 participants.


2024 Dates:


Saturday September 21 - register here (URL embedded)

Sunday September 22 - register here (URL embedded)

Saturday October 5 - register here (URL embedded)


Sunday October 6 - online lecture and online photo tour of native plant garden - register here (URL embedded)

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

Feel free to bring your draft garden plan! Check out some resources for drafting a garden plan are here and here.

These workshops and handouts are proudly supported by the:

Capital Regional District logo

Also available: Native Plant Guided Walks in the Nature House Native Plant Garden!

Enroll here

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