Water is our most precious resource and Smart Gardens are designed to use it efficiently.
Where possible, we catch rainwater in tanks, but we also divert downpipes and direct runoff from paths, roads and driveways into garden beds. We care for our soil so it can store heavy rainfalls, reducing flash flooding, filtering stormwater to keep local waterways healthy, and cooling our suburbs in summer. We make the most of greywater from our showers and washing machines to irrigate fruit and nut trees, and use other waterwise practices like mulch, drip irrigation, and wicking beds too.
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!
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:
Grow your own food with minimum effort and spaceRead more
Make your home more comfortable all year roundRead more
Use our most precious resource wiselyRead more
Create homes for local plants and wildlifeRead more
Transform waste materials into garden resourcesRead more