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boston ivy summer

As our climate changes, Smart Gardens create shelter that makes our homes more comfortable, our food gardens more productive and our habitat gardens a better respite for wildlife from summer heat.

boston ivy winter

Clever garden design can change indoor temperatures by up to 8°C and save hundreds of dollars on energy bills. We use trees and vines to keep the sun off walls and windows in summer, and position plants that drop leaves to let the sun through in winter. We prune large evergreen trees so that winter sun shines under the canopy and locate windbreaks to block the hottest and coldest winds throughout the year.

Latest Events

Join free events in your neighbourhood and online. Get your questions answered by local experts with reliable, practical advice. Enjoy tours of inspirational places and meet your local gardening community. Bring any surplus seeds, plants and produce to swap and share too!

Winter Wisdom for Fruit Trees: Pruning and care tips

Winter Wisdom for Fruit Trees: Pruning and care tips

Online event held via Zoom. Participants will receive a link via email once booked.
Free event
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Healthy Soils

Healthy Soils

Mulberry Wy, Altona North VIC 3025, Australia
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Olives to Oil Westside: Open Day

Werribee Park Community Farm, Gate 5/320 K Rd, Werribee South VIC 3030, Australia
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Resources

Missed an event? Check out previous event notes and recordings, plus videos from our local gardening experts.

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Landscaping for energy efficiency in Melbourne

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Private: Designing and planting your home orchard

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Our Focus

My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for native plants and animals, use water wisely and reduce waste. Learn about the five themes:

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Food

Grow your own food with minimum effort and space

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Shelter

Make your home more comfortable all year round

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Water

Use our most precious resource wisely

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Habitat

Create homes for local plants and wildlife

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Waste

Transform waste materials into garden resources

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