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Growing Sustainable Stems - Stage 3

Plants are essential for our survival and the health of the planet.  Examine the growth, survival and adaptations of plants that exist in the city and explore the design and production of urban gardens. Design a garden for your local environment that helps sustainably produce fruit and fibre for your community’s health and nutrition! 



Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


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About 'Growing Sustainable Stems'

Students Will
  • Examine sustainable urban garden designs in the Botanic Gardens and the plants that flourish in them. 
  • Use the Design Process in groups to develop a concept design for their own school garden, considering site opportunities and limitations. 
  • Create an eye-catching poster to pitch the design to their school Principal! 
Key Themes
  • Gardening in the city offers solutions to the problems of biodiversity loss, pollution, limited space and sustainable food supply in urban environments.
  • Garden design can take many forms in response to the environment: Explore different types and features of urban garden designs such as wicking beds, herb spirals and raised garden beds.
Curriculum Links
Plans and uses material, tools and equipment to develop solutions for a need or opportunity. 
Examines how the environment affects the growth, survival and adaptation of living things. 
Explains how food and fibre are produced sustainably in managed environments for health and nutrition. 
Selects and applies appropriate problem-solving strategies, including the use of digital technologies, in undertaking investigations. 
We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.