Our Water Conservation Garden in Cromwell's Anderson Park began from an Otago Polytechnic Central Campus initiative, supported by the Cromwell Community Board and the Central Otago District Council, to promote and enhance sustainable use of water in local gardens.
The aim of the garden is to illustrate water sensitive design principles, and to present a diversity of plants in a dramatic and sculptural manner, with interest throughout the seasons. Selecting and using plants with low water demands and suited to the site conditions is an essential step towards achieving a waterwise garden, and one of the most important principles of xeriscaping (water conservation gardening or dry gardening).
Rich with texture, lively with colour, sturdy with structure this kind of dry garden is a natural for Central Otago and our challenging climate extremes.
Do pay this garden a visit and seek some inspiration for your own planting. Find out more by downloading the brochure (click on the linked brochure cover).
You might also like to check out our Changing How We Use Water brochure (PDF, 710KB) for tips on landscaping with less water.