Kleinburg Starbucks Fusion Garden retrofit

The Regional Municipality of York debuted it’s first Fusion Gardening® demonstration garden in the historic Village of Kleinburg in the fall of 2015.  Located on the main street, the site is highly visible in the community at the franchise – Starbucks.  The area was selected due to its recorded high peak water use, which York Region hopes to reduce through a market-based approach as part of it’s Outdoor Peak Demand Reduction Strategy.  This approach is at the core of Fusion Gardening®.

The site features LID practices including bioretention areas with native and ornamental plantings and permeable pavement paths and seating area.  Fusion Gardens are water efficient and with proper design, this type of garden requires little to no supplemental irrigation once established.  The LID features also work to reduce stormwater runoff and contaminant loads to receiving water bodies, help mitigate flood risk, and enhance vegetative cover.  This innovative project serves as a demonstration to inspire residents to adopt Fusion Gardening® practices on their own properties.

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10499 Islington Ave, Kleinburg