The Drought Proof Garden
A living CBD pop-up filled with scores of hardy, water-efficient plants and succulents. And you can nab one for free.
Regardless of your amazing (or less-than-amazing) green thumb skills, keeping your garden lush is extra tough right now. Greater Sydney continues to battle through some of the roughest drought conditions in history and, as a result, level 1 water restrictions. Which is why Sydney Water's huge Drought Proof Garden has popped up in the CBD's Martin Place this week, offering garden inspiration aplenty and giving away over 100 hardy plant babies for free.
Open to the public from 7am–7pm until Wednesday, October 30, the 100-square-metre living installation aims to show locals how they can create top-notch, healthy gardens while also conserving water. It's packed with over 15 varieties of locally sourced, water-efficient plants that can thrive even in extra tough conditions, from vibrant blue chalk sticks to the bushfire-resistant gymea lily. Head in from 5pm on Wednesday, and you can even take home one of these indestructible plant species for free.
While the pop-up's here, you can also take a workshop on efficient watering led by The Planthunter editor Georgina Reid, jump on a guided tour of the garden, and learn about other nifty water-saving methods including mulching and composting. For more water-saving tips, head to the Sydney Water website.
The Drought Proof Garden is giving away 100 free succulents and drought proof plants from 5pm on Wednesday, October 30.