Rain Garden Workshops

Chantelle Chan is the program coordinator for Greenspace at Evergreen, a national not-for-profit working since 1991 to restore the connection between Canada’s cities and the natural environment.  She’s really excited about the Uncover Your Creeks Program in Lower Hume Park, which is a monthly program that brings together community volunteers in urban watershed restoration and education. At each event, volunteers work on restoration projects involving invasive species removal and native planting, as well as water quality monitoringWe’ve written about Uncover Your Creeks here on Tenth before, as the programs has been running in conjunction with the City of New Westminster since 2013.

Back in April, Evergreen BC hosted rain garden installations at Lower Hume. Says Chan, “We have been working on this project with the City of New Westminster and Metro Vancouver for the past year, and we are excited to have broken ground. Contractors did the bulk of the construction and our volunteers planted native shrubs, grasses and plants in the rain gardens.”

What’s a rain garden, you might ask? This is a purpose-built garden designed to promoting natural absorption of rain water back into the ground so that it doesn’t all go to storm drains and sewers, where there is the risk of erosion, pollution, flooding, and diminished ground water. But aside from being useful, they’re quite pretty and fit in nicely with the lower part of Hume Park, which is, in my humble opinion, one of the prettiest and most under utilized parks in New Westminster.

A finished rain garden. Photo © Evergreen BC, used with permission.
Photo © Evergreen BC, used with permission.


Rain Garden Workshops

Evergreen BC has two workshops coming up for planning and building your own rain garden just like at Lower Hume (except maybe smaller) at home! The cost is only $5 and the workshops are run by Deborah Jones, from the Cougar Creek Streamkeepers. Both events are at the Queensborough Community Centre, and there’s one May 25 and another June 8. Sign up is through Eventbrite.

If you have any questions about the Uncover Your Creeks program, please don’t hesitate to reach out to Chantelle at cchan@evergreen.ca