Actew advise that their Canberra Discovery Garden is going to open amidst some hoopla this weekend at the arboretum:
The Canberra Discovery Garden, located at the National Arboretum Canberra, was created by ACTEW Corporation to provide an inspirational and educational demonstration of waterwise gardening to the public.
“We’re proud to launch this exciting new water conservation initiative – there’s something for gardeners of all abilities, experience and garden types,” said ACTEW Managing Director Mark Sullivan. “Bring your friends and family, bring a picnic blanket and make a day of it. Most of all, we hope that you’ll take home some practical ideas to help you save water and achieve great results in your own backyard.”
Sunday’s Grand Opening will feature talks by one of Australia’s most popular gardening gurus, Don Burke, an award-winning broadcaster and author who has a special interest in sustainable gardening. Other local gardening experts, including garden designer and writer Cedric Bryant, will be on hand to answer visitors’ questions throughout the day. Local three-piece band Dr Stovepipe will entertain the crowd with live music, while face painting, kids’ activities and a sausage sizzle provided by Rotary will make it a fun day out for the whole family.
Chief Minister Katy Gallagher will perform the official opening ceremony at 10.30am.
Set on a hill with superb views of our city the Canberra Discovery Garden’s spaces explore Canberra’s water cycle, unique climate and geology. Visitors will learn that it’s not just how you water your garden that keeps it healthy and waterwise – plant selection, soil health, composting, mulching and understanding our environment are key.