Just ahead of the spring planting season, more than 40 residents of Alton Village, Caledon, and surrounding communities gathered at historic Alton Mill last night to receive free personalized landscape consultations from industry professionals.

Credit Valley Conservation (CVC), in partnership with Region of Peel’s Fusion Landscaping Program and Town of Caledon, hosted the exclusive evening where residents received customized landscape designs based on sketches of their own yards. The landscape designers provided consultations and advice about a growing gardening trend to create lush landscapes that blend traditional gardening splendour with eco-chic plants, flowers, colours and textures.

Residents who attended were excited to hear about landscape designs to save themselves time and money.  They learned about using plants and grasses native to their communities and about treating water as a resource to be captured, stored and used within the landscape itself.  

Professional landscape designers Kent Ford from Kent Ford Designs and Sean James of Fern Ridge Landscaping (both previous guests on HGTV and City TV), Gino Piscelli from Region of Peel and Melanie Kramer from CVC provided the free landscape consultations and answered residents’ questions. Local gardening partner Botanix Alton Greenhouse and Garden Centre was on hand to provide names and information about eco-chic plants and other modern flora that will be available when the centre opens this spring.

For more landscaping ideas and resources, visit www.creditvalleyca.ca/AskADesigner.

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Caption:  Kyle Vander Linden, Water Resources Specialist, CVC, addresses more than 40 residents attending Ask A Designer Night.

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Caption: Professional landscape designers provide their advice. L to R: Tracy Patterson, consultant; Gino Picelli, Region of Peel; Melanie Kramer, Credit Valley Conservation; Kent Ford, Kent Ford Designs; Sean James, Fern Ridge Landscaping.

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Caption:  Joanne Whyte, Alton Grange Association (right) meets with Melanie Kramer, Program Coordinator, Residential Outreach, CVC to receive free tips and advice.

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Caption:  Marg Anquetil of Alton (left) meets with landscape designer Sean James of Fern Ridge Landscaping.

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Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an Act of the Province of Ontario in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources, other than minerals, in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for almost 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.

MEDIA CONTACT:                                                       
Maureen Pogue
Manager, Corporate Communications and CAO Office                                                                                         
Credit Valley Conservation                                            
905-670-1615 ext. 242                                                            
[email protected]                                            

Kyle VanderLinden
Water Resources Specialist
Credit Valley Conservation
905-670-1615, ext 271
[email protected]   

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