2013 – Working with Nature: An introduction to Chemical-free Gardening

Pearl Crescent, by Ron Rowan

Pearl Crescent, by Ron Rowan

On Thursday August 22nd at 6pm, the Urquhart Butterfly Garden is hosting a presentation on how to help our gardens thrive without using chemicals as part of our Summer Education Series

The Urquhart Butterfly Garden is an ideal location for a workshop on organic growing. The garden has been chemical-free for the whole twenty years of its existence, serving as an example of what can be achieved when you garden with nature, not against her. Particularly this year, when we are all witnessing such a dramatic decline in the populations of Monarch Butterflies and Honey Bees, we should all be asking ourselves what we can do to make out gardens inviting for these beneficial insects.

This workshop will be conducted by Sapphire Singh, the chair of the local chapter of the Canadian Organic Growers. In addition to her role with the COG, Sapphire Singh is the Presentation Co-ordinator with the Hamilton Farmers’ Market and a long-time environmental activist. Using the UBG as an example, she will offer the public some simple tricks for building healthy soil, managing weeds, and dealing with pests, all without resorting to chemical fertilizers or pesticides.


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