Activities - Garden Design
1. Watch a video
Watch the Calyx Vertical Green Wall video above and learn about how they plan, design and take care of this Garden. Write down an interesting thing that you didn’t know before.
2. Make some digital art
Look at all the images in the gallery of the Botanic Gardens and Centennial Parklands. Choose your favourite photo. Cut and paste the image and copy it into a word or paint document. Practice your computer skills to rework this image into a unique piece of art. You might try to crop it, change the colours, add other images or text onto it, delete the background or many other options. Be creative and share your image with a friend later.
3. Draw a map
Go on a virtual tour of the Cadical Jam Ora Garden in the Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and observe how it is arranged. Click on the information points to learn more about the plants. Draw a bird’s-eye view map of the tour. Include the garden beds, paths and benches. Add three plants to your map and label everything. TIP: Imagine you are a bird flying over the Cadi and looking down. What would it look like? See our Make a Map activity sheet to help.
4. Make a mud map
Hide a “treasure” (eg. a colourful rock or special item) somewhere in or near your home or school. Use natural material from outside (rocks, leaves etc.) to create an aerial “mud map” of this area. Consider what materials are good for representing different garden elements, for example, sticks for walls. Mark your treasure on the map using an X. Then have someone use the map to find the hidden treasure.
5. Design a garden
Design a garden for your home or school. Think about: Its purpose - is it a food growing garden or just for relaxing in? How it looks - formal vs informal design, including colour, size and type of plants. Access - around the garden and other features such as benches and tables, etc.