The outback is a land of extremes. Temperatures vary throughout the year, with some nights being icy cold to a point of freezing, yet in summer the heat can be sweltering with temperatures above 40ºC for weeks. There is no average season and rain can fall sporadically at any time. With an average rainfall of 166mm per year, Roxby Downs and surrounding areas are not typically thought of as ideal locations for growing plants.
This Sunday the 29th of September the ‘Arid Smart Garden Expo’ will be hosted at the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens. Focusing on the benefits of native plants, the garden expo will feature gardening advice for native flora, native tours and children’s activities.
Arid Recovery will be attending the event. We will have a focus on the native vegetation of the Roxby Downs region, and incorporate the birds and animals of Arid Recovery and how they may use those plants. A children’s activity stall will be set up with an opportunity for kids to create a colourful collage of all things arid related!
“The Arid Lands Botanic Garden is a fantastic opportunity for people to develop an understanding of the plants that grow within the arid zone,” explains Arid Recovery Education and Community Officer Anni Walsh. “The outback region of South Australia covers almost 80% of the state’s land area, therefore arid zone plants make up a significant portion of the flora found within the state.”
Situated 250km south of Roxby Downs, the Australian Arid Lands Botanic Garden showcases an array of flora specific to the arid zone and outback regions. The 250ha site features flora unique to a variety of arid zone habitats, including sand dune, woodland and shrub land. A whole range of grasses, forbs, shrubs, trees and wildflowers from a variety of genus’ can be viewed at the site.
If you would like to learn more about arid specific flora, or enjoy a stroll through beautiful native gardens, then a visit to the Arid Lands Botanic Garden is a must!
For further information on the plants of Roxby Downs and Arid Recovery email email@example.com