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Plan your garden to conserve water; attend free children's activities!

Plan your garden to conserve water; attend free children's activities!

Plan a visit to our award-winning Water Conservation Garden at 1211 John Counter Boulevard  to see a variety 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 gardens and grasscycling (leaving grass cuttings on the lawn) improves water retention and conserves treated water – but choosing plants wisely can also help make your garden more self-sufficient and sustainable.  

Don’t know your Butterfly Weed from your Buttonbush?  We can help.  

Free tours and children's activities

While you may wander the garden at any time during daylight hours, consider taking advantage of one of our 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, best suited for ages 12 and under, starting at 11 a.m. Things could get messy! 

  • On Mondays to Fridays (excluding holidays), little ones will design their own water wise button to take home. They’ll enjoy a sensory tour to connect with the natural environment.  

  • On Tuesdays and Thursdays, pottery painting will also be available. 

Registration is not required, but mark your calendar today! 

We also offer a wonderful online resource for gardeners, picturing and listing over 100 plants that can be used in any water-wise garden.

Visit our Water Conservation Garden webpage for more information.