Winterize your perennial garden in a ‘pollinator-friendly’ way: attend a free workshop

September 21, 2022

Are you interested in increasing the pollinators in your perennial garden? Join experts from Rideau 1000 Islands Master Gardeners and Utilities Kingston at a free pollinator workshop. 

Workshop participants will be entered into a prize draw for a gift basket containing gardening tools, local honey and organic gardening supplies. 

The event takes place at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 2, in the Utilities Kingston Water Conservation Garden at 1211 John Counter Boulevard.  

This free, two-hour workshop will focus on organic management practices for local gardens, to protect and support pollinators during the fall and winter months.  

Workshop highlights: 

  • Master Gardeners will provide insight into winterizing your garden and creating pollinator-friendly landscapes during the fall. Experts will discuss gardening techniques and what to grow, and each Master Gardener will provide time for questions and answers.   

  • Utilities Kingston will showcase the fall perennials in the water conservation garden and promote active strategies to rewild residential lawns, with a free guided garden tour.  

  • Participants will build a pollinator insect hotel, to provide refuge from the cold winter months, as well as a place to populate in the springtime. The recycled materials will be provided by Utilities Kingston. Build a residence for important garden bugs and insects and learn how to maintain and establish the insect hotel.

RSVP by Friday, September 30 

Registration is free. The event is suitable for adults, though families are welcome! To register, email [email protected] with the following information.   

  • Contact name 

  • Number of participants and names of each (needed for the prize draw) 

  • Best way to contact you in the event of a weather cancellation  

  • Accessibility requirements, if any 

Please register by Friday, Sept. 30. In the event of rain, participants will be contacted regarding cancellations.

Prize draw rules 

The purchase of any product or service is not required to participate in the raffle. 

  • Each name received at registration will be entered into the prize draw. You must be at the workshop to claim the prize.  

  • The prize draw is not open to employees of Utilities Kingston or the City of Kingston.  

  • Prize is drawn at random. 

  • Entries are limited to one per person.  

  • There is one prize available, valued at approximately $150.  

  • Winner is contacted directly and onsite at the workshop.  

  • Prize must be claimed in person at Utilities Kingston, 85 Lappan’s Lane, in Kingston, Ontario.  

  • Personal information is collected under the terms of our privacy policy.  

  • All prizes won are provided on an “as-is” basis, may not be exactly as shown, and are used at the owners’ own risk. 


For more information, please contact customer service, by calling 613-546-0000, Monday to Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or visit 

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 networking in one company. Trusted by customers to deliver reliable utilities for more than 150 years, employees are proud to provide personal, responsive services. You can count on us!  

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