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Plan your garden to conserve water

June 2, 2014 -

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

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 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.  Gardeners will learn how to save water, time and money by building a water wise garden that ‘makes every rain drop count' to greatly 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

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!

A series of Water Wise Workshops will be offered at the garden throughout the summer to provide public education about water conservation, drainage solutions and storm water pollution prevention. Workshops are scheduled during evenings and weekends throughout the summer. Utilities Kingston also offers a wonderful online resource for gardeners, picturing and listing the plants used in the Water Conservation garden. Find it at http://www.utilitieskingston.ca/Water/Conservation/ConservationGarden.aspx    

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Media contact: For more information contact Cindie Ashton, Media Relations Officer for Utilities Kingston at 613-546-4291, extension 3116.

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