Garden workshop in Coquitlam next month

Douglas College is hosting a series of interactive workshops in Coquitlam to help the community learn about the beneficial critters that lurk in urban gardens.

Douglas College is hosting a series of interactive workshops in Coquitlam to help the community learn about the beneficial critters that lurk in urban gardens.

The workshops, taking place this month and next, will explore a variety of topics, including the types of creatures found in gardens, the important role of pollinators such as bees and butterflies and how to create better water habitat in gardens for wildlife.

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The workshops are free and open to the public. However, children must be accompanied by an adult. The workshops will be held on the front lawn of the Douglas College (1250 Pinetree Way, Coquitlam).

On Thursday, Sept. 10, between 6 and 7:30 p.m., the Pollinator Survey will be held. On Saturday, Sept. 26, between 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. the Water and Wildlife in your Garden event will be held. A third workshop on planning and planting a mixed-use garden will be announced soon.

Workshop participants will also learn about the Institute of Urban Ecology’s new Sustainability and Outreach (Sol) Garden, a project intended to support ecological research and community learning. The workshops will be held at the future site of the garden. Garden construction is expected to start in fall.

For more information about the workshops and to email iue@douglascollege.ca. Please indicate which workshops you would like to attend. Each workshop will be around 90 minutes long.

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