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  • xeriscape dry garden landscape
  • xeriscape drought-tolerant garden
  • community water conservation garden techniques
Xeriscape

Xeriscape

“A landscaping technique that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. The garden contains drought-tolerant plant species in spheres that reference the rippling effect of a water droplet.”

This project is a demonstration garden for xeriscaping, which is a landscaping technique that reduces or eliminates the need for supplemental water from irrigation. The garden contains drought-tolerant plant species in spheres that reference the rippling effect of a water droplet.

Water conservation is increasingly important in many areas of New Zealand such as Canterbury, which are experiencing hotter and drier summers with climate change.

Currently Christchurch has one of the highest quality natural water supplies of any city in the world, as it comes from aquifers underneath the city, which are fed by water from the Southern Alps and purified naturally by filtering through layers of gravel. However, as demand on the aquifers increases, we are approaching the time when we will be using water at a rate greater than the aquifers are able to recharge. If we reduce the level and pressure of water in the aquifer, water could become contaminated. 

Reducing the amount of watering our gardens require can help ensure Christchurch continues to have a fresh, clean water supply for future generations.

Partners: Christchurch City Council, Life in Vacant Spaces Trust, Rata Foundation
Location: 597 Colombo St
Date launched: June 2016
Date removed: Still there!

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