What is a smart garden?

You are our Smart Garden. Dedicated gardeners ‘growing’ – in every sense of the word – and without you the garden would be a very dull patch indeed! Here we profile some journey’s we believe will inspire others to commence, or continue their gardening journey towards 2050.

Ascot Vale Special School Garden

Smart Gardens take many forms: as traditional veggie beds, home orchards, rambling multi-layered food forests, or as portable, potted gardens on balconies, patios and doorsteps. And, as our climate changes, our approach to gardening must change too.

Our 2015 My Smart Garden Program Evaluation Report charted some outstanding achievements by residents participating in 'smarter' gardening. We were able to make conservative assumptions from the feedback we received from nearly 300 survey participants that they reduced their resource use by:

  • at least 51 tonnes of organic waste;
  • at least 87 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions;
  • at least 2,574 kilolitres of potable water.

Read the full evaluation report here, complete with very inspiring stories from Varzavand, Adeline, Anne, and Amelia.


Do you have a gardener’s journey that could inspire others now and towards 2050? Email My Smart Garden at contactus @ mysmartgarden.org.au if you have a great story we can profile.