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June 10, 2015 -

Take a free guided tour of Utilities Kingston's water conservation garden!

Green thumbs know adding compost to the garden improves water retention and conserves treated water – but choosing plants wisely can also help your garden be sustainable.

Don't know your Butterfly Weed from your Buttonbush?  Plan a visit to the Utilities Kingston award-winning Water Conservation Garden at 1211 John Counter Blvd. to see more than 100 types of plants that require less water. Learn how to save water, time and money by building a water-wise garden that ‘makes every rain drop count' to reduce or even eliminate the need for watering. 

"Touring the garden is a free and easy way for gardeners to see a variety of plants they might use to keep their gardens looking good all summer long. We have 30 different garden areas showing the use of these plants that only need to be watered during the driest times. Residents can also check our rain barrel demonstration gazebo to learn how to properly connect their rain barrel and route their downspouts," says Stephen Sottile, conservation officer for Utilities Kingston.

Free tours, children's activities and water wise workshops

Wander the garden any time during daylight hours – or take advantage of one of Utilities Kingston's free 15-minute guided tours at 10:30 a.m. any weekday until the end of August.

Stay for free children's activities, starting at 11 a.m. Little ones will plant a seed, decorate a pot and then take it home to watch the seedling grow. Registration is not required, but mark your calendar today!

Utilities Kingston also offers free Everything Drainage Workshops to help you learn more about water conservation, drainage solutions and storm water pollution prevention. Workshops will be scheduled throughout the summer, according to public interest.

Check out Utilities Kingston's online resource for gardeners at


Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, media relations officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, ext. 3116.

About Utilities Kingston: Utilities Kingston operates multiple utilities through a single service structure, allowing it to deliver cost savings and customer service excellence. The company is unique in Ontario, combining water, wastewater, gas and electrical services, and broadband fibre optics in one company. Trusted by customers to deliver reliable utilities for more than 150 years, employees are proud to provide personal, responsive services.

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