Waterfall in Rob’s garden with local sandstone.

This workshop (Part 1 of a series) will address the potential benefits of adding water features to the rock garden setting, including aesthetics and the potential for unique planting environments.

We will describe the many types of features possible, and deal with design, construction and operation. Participants are encouraged to view some online material that we will send links for, to learn the basics. Many additional topics can then be covered such as:

  • Water, wetland, and moraine plants
  • Attracting birds and wildlife
  • Our climate and locally available materials
  • Water quality and common issues

Instructor for Part 1 is CRAGS member Rob Staniland, an Environmental Biologist who has, over 40 years and two sites, successfully incorporated virtually all listed types of water features into his rock and alpine gardens.

The workshop will be held at the Country Hills Library on Sunday, March 1st, from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. Cost is $25 for members, $35 for member families and $35 for non-members. Please email secretary@crags.ca to register.

We plant to conduct a follow-up Workshop on Sunday, April 5. This would be tailored to the interests and needs of participants. We also hope to offer participants the opportunity to join a guided day of visits in late spring to some local gardens that illustrate the use of water features in the rock garden.
If you already have a water feature, we invite you to be part of this collaborative experience. Whether you wish to attend the informative presentation or not, please consider opening your garden to workshop participants this spring or early summer.