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  • Xeriscape Garden.I recently had a short three day break from Sydney and one of the places I visitedwas the fabulous Eurobdalla Regional Botanic Gardens situated a short drive off thePrinces Highway south of Bateman Bay. For those of you that have not visited thegardens it displays only the flora of the NSW South Coast and adjacent ranges. It is42ha in size and the development commenced in 1988. It has a modern visitorsinformation centre which provides: information, plant sales, herbarium and lightrefreshments and lunch. As well, there are extensive walking trails and displaygardens on various themes.There latest garden that they have added and the reason I am writing this article isthe Xeriscape Garden. The word Xeriscape is a merging of the Greek word xeros,meaning dry, with the word landscape. It was coined in Colorado USA in 1981 and ispronounced Zerascape. There display garden is planted with drought tolerant localAustralian native plants. They have display areas each showing various nativegrasses and types of mulches that can be used. As well they have a large arealandscaped to give you ideas of what you can achieve in your garden.The Xeriscape fundamentals outlined by Xeriscape Colorado Inc are: • Planning and designing for water conservation • Create practical turf areas of appropriate grasses • Selecting low water requiring plants and group plants of similar water needs together • Use soil amendments ... like compost • Use mulches to reduce evaporation • Irrigate efficiently • Maintain the landscape properly by weeding, pruning, fertilising and mowing.This type of garden is one we should all consider as the days of unlimited cheapwater are fading fast and we need to change our gardening style to suit this.Jeff HowesApril 2006