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Growing Sustainable Stems - Stage 3

Gardens in the city offer solutions to real world problems of biodiversity loss, pollution, a warming environment , fresh food supplies, well being and many more benefits with limited space.  Students will undertake the first 3 steps of the Design Process examining plants that thrive in the cities, participating in hands on exploration and construction of sustainable school garden designs and developing a garden design plan and pitch to put forward to your school Principal!  

Learning Activities

  • Learn about the amazing benefits of gardens to our cities and undertake the design process addressing the challenge of sustainable garden design for your school considering site opportunities, limitations and local environmental issues 
  • Examine and build sustainable urban garden designs in the Botanic Gardens, learning about the design features and the plants that flourish in them. 
  • ​Create a garden design concept for your school and an eye-catching poster to pitch your design to your school Principal!  


Stage 3


Rathborne Lodge
The Royal Botanic Garden
Mrs Macquaries Road, Sydney


2 hours


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Key Content
  • 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! 
Syllabus Outcomes


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. 

Curriculum Links
For more information on our programs please contact us ​on programs.info@bgcp.nsw.gov.au 

Sustainable Development Goals

Through our education programs we aim to 
•    ensure inclusive and quality education for all and promote lifelong learning (SDG 4)
•    demonstrate actions that work towards making cities inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable (SDG 11)
•    inform and empower students to preserve our forests and halt biodiversity loss (SDG 15)

Through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals we promote prosperity for the whole community, while protecting our planet for future generations.


We would like to acknowledge the Cadigal people of the Eora Nation within Sydney and pay our respect to Elders past, present and future.