Workshop Description

Gardens are important to us, our health, our community, the environment and biodiversity and with some water smart techniques we can keep them beautiful and productive, even when water is scarce.

Water is critical to a garden’s success but gardeners need to be mindful about how it is used.  Australia is the driest habitable continent in the world and water availability has always been constrained, but as the climate changes we need to take even more care with how we capture and use water. The more steps we can take to conserve water, while maintaining healthy and productive trees and gardens, the more secure our sources of water will be into the future.

Workshop Duration

  • Up to 2 hours including Q&A time

What Participants Will Learn

  • How to be a Water Smart gardener
  • Practical tips about Water Smart Gardening to implement in their garden

Topics Covered

  • Smart design options and choices that reduce water usage
  • The role of garden zones and plant selection in Water Smart gardening
  • Characteristics of indigenous and exotic plants that love dry climates
  • The important role of soil in a Water Smart Garden and how you to improve soil’s water holding capacity
  • Meaningful mulch – types, how, when, pros and cons
  • Capture and storage of rain water
  • Grey water – opportunities and what to be aware of
  • Irrigation options
  • Water Smart technologies

What is Provided by SGA

  • Presenter who will bring the presentation on a USB stick on the day
  • Class notes will be emailed for pre-printing and handing out at the class

What is Provided by You

  • A suitable venue set up for the class
  • Laptop / projector and screen for the presentation
  • Copies of notes and handouts for the class
  • Catering if desired

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