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Drought and the Gardens
The Royal Botanic Gardens & Domain Trust is complying with the current Sydney Water voluntary water restrictions. We are upgrading our watering systems and have introduced strategies to reduce water use throughout the Gardens and the Domain. Be water-wise - in this drought we all need to conserve water.
Your garden holds the key to saving water
Sydney Water has found that gardens use up to 25% of all household water and that conserving water is one of the most effective ways to help protect the environment and make the best use of our existing water resources.
Why get smart with water?
Being thrifty with water
Some practical things to do to help save water
Water-wise attractions at the Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan
At our Water-wise Garden at the Australian Botanic Garden you will find information about mulching and composting. You can also pick up a ‘Get Smart with Water’ brochure with instructions for a self-guided water-wise plant tour.
Look out for the blue labels of the ‘water-wise’ plants throughout the Australian Botanic Garden - many are worth considering for your own garden as they survive with no supplementary watering.
At the Australian Botanic Garden we have two rainwater tanks supplied by Sydney Water to commemorate Water Week 2002. One of these tanks provides water to the Water-wise Garden (via gravity - an energy efficient arrangement that doesn’t require a pump) while the other provides water for flushing one of our toilet blocks. Collecting rainwater from your roof can reduce the amount of tap water used in your home and garden - thus saving water, money and the environment.
For a useful summary see our Waterwise healthy garden fact sheet.