Peterborough Utilities Water Wise Landscaping Recognition Program

The Peterborough Utilities Water Wise Landscaping Recognition Program showcases a wide array of landscaping methods and local resources to make taking water wise steps in your yard easier than ever!

In the summer months, demands on water from activities such as watering lawns and gardens can significantly increase outdoor water consumption. One way to curb water use is to rethink the way we landscape our front yards to create water wise landscapes that reduce water demands.

GreenUP, with support from Peterborough Utilities Group, would like to recognize the efforts of citizens and business owners in the City of Peterborough who are taking water wise steps on their residential properties to conserve water through alternative landscaping methods in their front yards.

Do you have, or know of a front yard in the City of Peterborough that appears to be Water Wise?

If so, it may be eligible for recognition.
You can nominate a home or business’ front yard if they meet any of these criteria.

Some signs that a front yard may be Water Wise:

    • Lack of a lawn, opting for the use of native/drought tolerant plants instead
    • A lawn that is mowed higher, de-thatched, and left brown (when needed)
    • Use of captured rainwater (For example, watering with rain captured in a rain barrel)
    • Use of ground cover / mulch
    • Use of efficient watering methods, if watering is required (For example, use of drip hoses)
    • A tree or two (or more)
    • Natural pest control measures (no use of pesticides)
    • Other unique measures

Water Wise landscaping methods work to conserve and protect water, help to reduce outdoor water use, restore the natural hydrological cycle, protect our drinking water, and more!

Nominate a yard today by clicking on the button.

Water Wise Garden Starter Kit Spring Workshop

Need help getting started on a Water Wise front yard? Join us for a workshop on May 2023. We’ll introduce you to a wide array of drought resistant native species that look great in a garden. To get you off to a good start, we’ll help you pick a variety of species including shrubs, grasses, spring blooming, fall blooming, and winter interest plants. Workshop participants will receive a complimentary Friend of the Park discount (10%) for plants purchased during the workshop (though no purchase is required to attend the workshop). More details to come.

To be the first to know when registration opens for the spring workshop, please sign up for our e-newsletter in the page footer (below) and follow @ptbogreenup on social media.

Landscape Recognition Program Garden Tour

Hop on your bike or take a stroll and tour a variety of recognized gardens in Peterborough City! Gain some inspiration, learn about Water Wise techniques, and see what your neighbours are doing to reduce their reliance on municipal water, while beautifying their front yards.

Share photos of your self-guided tour in Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #WaterWiseWednesdays

Program History

Piloted in 2015, and launched in 2016, the Peterborough Utilities Water Wise Landscaping Recognition Program is modelled after the City of Brantford’s Waterwise Landscape Recognition Program.

GreenUP offers the landscape recognition program with the generous support of Peterborough Utilities Group. Since its inception, the Peterborough Utilities Water Wise Landscaping Recognition Program has nominated over 82 gardens. Each of these gardens acts as a demonstration garden to inspire others and showcase solutions. Water Wise has also developed local resources, hosted workshops, and provided garden tours.

Water Wise is one of several programs offered by GreenUP that supports residents of the City of Peterborough in taking healthy and sustainable action for our community. Click here to learn more about other Water Wise programs.

Program Links

Program Contact Information

Name: Laura Keresztesi
Position: Program Coordinator
Phone: 705-745-3238 ext. 206


Peterborough Utilities Group