Riversides -- Where Water Quality Begins

Stormwater Basics for Landscapers - Workshop

November 3, 2009 - 1:00 to 4:30pm
Location:  Wychwood Barns
@ 601 Christie Street (just south of St. Clair) in Toronto

RiverSides has partnered with the Green Gardeners Community Collaborative to offer a workshop on November 3rd in Toronto for green landscapers and those who are interested in greening their services.

The workshop provided an opportunity to learn from stormwater  and ecological landscaping experts and to network with other Toronto landscape contractors to share experiences, ideas and practical tips to green your business, help clients achieve sustainability goals and employ new stormwater management methods. The workshop:

  • Provided ideas of how to add value for clients and attract business with green landscape services
  • Highlighted benefits of linking environmental issues to client solutions for home and garden
  • Built understanding of environmental impacts of stormwater runoff
  • Presented innovative ways to help clients comply with the Downspout Disconnection and other municipal by-laws with simple and attractive stormwater management methods including rain barrels, rain gardens, and rainwater harvesting

Workshop Presentations:

Stormwater Management Basics for Landscapers by Emily Alfred, RiverSides

5 Things You Can Do For Your River by Beth Anne Currie, RiverSides

Toronto's Downspout Disconnection By-law and the RiverSafe RainBarrel by Emily Alfred, RiverSides

RainScaping and RainGardens by Helen Mill, Green Gardeners Community Collaborative


RiverSides' RiverSafe Communities program includes workshops and educational events for homeowners and communites about preventing stormwater pollution through landscape solutions. The interactive Homeowner's Guide to Rainfall (www.riversides.org/rainguide) website is an online guide about stormwater management including a resource directory of suppliers and professionals for Toronto residents.

Green Gardeners Community Collaborative (www.greengardeners.ca) is a social enterprise that designs and delivers customized green gardening and landscaping solutions to homeowners, commerical and community clients and partners.  Green Gardeners has pioneered a low pollution landscaping/gardening service and works with homeowners to reduce their footprint with their garden installation and maintenance projects.

This workshop is funded in part by the Community Program for Stormwater Management, funded by the City of Toronto and administered by the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority.

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