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Water-resilient gardening in times of drought

Area D residents are invited to “Water-resilient gardening in times of drought” workshop on Wed June 26th

Campbell River, BC – Strathcona Regional District invites Area D residents to a “Water-resilient gardening in times of drought” workshop on Wednesday June 26, 2019 at the Oyster Bay Resorts Hall, 4357 South Island Highway.

6:30 pm:                            Doors open, displays
7:00 – 7:30 pm:               Presentation – Water-resilient gardening, Q&A
7:30 – 7:45 pm:               Break & refreshments
7:45 – 8:15 pm:               Presentation, Permaculture, Q&A
8:15 – 9:00 pm:              Q&A, displays

The Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development has declared that Vancouver Island is at a Level 3 drought rating: “This means very dry conditions with potentially serious ecosystem and socioeconomic impacts”.

The presentations and displays will provide residents of Area D with valuable tips to:

  • Landscape for maximum water efficiency
  • Use drought tolerant grasses and plants
  • Build healthy, water-retentive soil (economically)
  • Create a “hot compost” for rich compost in 18 days
  • Work towards self-sustaining garden beds and kitchen gardens
  • Choose timers that work on Stage 1 and 2 restrictions
  • Revisit micro and drip -irrigation equipment

Note: Area D starts south of Jubilee Parkway, outside the City of Campbell River municipal boundary and ends at the Oyster River. The northern Electoral Area D water service area ends a little bit south of York Road, for which Stage 2 watering restrictions will start on July 1st. The early 2019 drought is already prompting Area D residents to water outside of Stage 1 restrictions, stating, concerns that “they’ve been away, and their grass is dying”.

For more information on Stage 1 and 2 restrictions visit

To those residents we would like to repeat the classic advice given throughout all BC municipalities:

  • Raise your lawn mower to 2.5 – 3”. This improves the health of your grass and reduces water lost to evaporation
  • Mulch – leave your grass clippings in the grass
  • Aerate and lime in spring
  • Check your soil type and depth: If less than 8 inches of good loam, use a cycle and soak irrigation schedule

Consider investing in a timer that can be adjusted for Stage 1 and 2 restrictions, that can be set to cycle and soak, and that can even be set via your cell phone from anywhere in the world.

Please pre-register for the workshop as space is limited: Call 250-203-1820 or email

The Strathcona Regional District is a partnership of four electoral areas and five municipalities providing services to approximately 44, 671 residents.


Media contact:
Luisa Richardson, Water Conservation Educator
Tel: 250-203-1820  |  Email: