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June 9, 2016 -

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.  Free tours also show gardeners how to save water, time and money by building a water wise garden that ‘makes every rain drop count' and that can prevent run-off pollution and flooding. 

Many Kingston gardeners know that adding compost to the garden improves water retention and conserves treated water – but choosing plants wisely can also help you to make your garden more self-sufficient and sustainable.

Don't know your Butterfly Weed from your Buttonbush?  Utilities Kingston can help.

"Touring the garden is a free and easy way for gardeners to see a variety of plants and landscaping techniques they can use in their own gardens. Create a beautiful, low-maintenance outdoor space that relies more on what nature provides, and less on treated water." says Stephen Sottile, manager of customer service and conservation for Utilities Kingston. 

Free Tours, Children's Activities And Water Wise Workshops

While you may wander the garden at any time during daylight hours, consider taking advantage of one of Utilities Kingston's free 15-minute guided tours at 10:30 a.m. every weekday until the end of August.

Families are invited to 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!

The popular Everything Drainage Workshops will again be offered at the garden throughout the summer. These provide public education about water conservation, drainage solutions and storm water pollution prevention. Workshops are scheduled during evenings and weekends throughout the summer. To register, complete an online form at  Alternatively, contact Utilities Kingston at (613) 546-0000 and say "Conservation" or email

Utilities Kingston also offers a wonderful online resource for gardeners, picturing and listing the plants used in the Water Conservation Garden. Find it at


Media contact: For more information contact 613-546-4291, ext. 2300.

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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