Gardeners make pool bloomin' magnificent

Friday, 5th October, 2012

About 300 flowering plants have been planted around the new aquatic centre, making for an impressive display of colour. About 300 flowering plants have been planted around the new aquatic centre, making for an impressive display of colour.

By Darrin Manuel

Council's Parks and Gardens team have added a vibrant splash of colour to the city's new aquatic centre with recent landscaping work.

They have planted hundreds of Convulvulus, Mesembryanthemum and several varieties of Gazanias in the garden beds around the centre, all of which are now in full bloom with the warm weather.

The garden beds were designed by Parks and Gardens Asset Planner, Shane Stenhouse, and tradesman gardeners Jarrad Paull and Marcus
O'Brien around a year ago, and were brought to life with the help of Council's team of gardeners.

Mr Stenhouse said the gardens were designed to be hardy, water wise and colourful all year round.

"We tried to use contrasting colours to add different splashes of colour here and there so there's always something different going on," he said.

"We used low plants because we didn't want to hide the facility, and chose plants that would complement the centre's colour.

"They're all water wise plants as well because we want to set an example and show that you can still get really good effects while using minimal water in the garden."

Around 300 plants have been planted around the centre so far, but Mr Stenhouse said there was still more work to be done.

"We're actually planning to put in around 500 plants all up ... we have more beds to do once the carpark at the rear is finished," Mr Stenhouse said.

"Hopefully we can get that area done by Christmas with a bit of luck.

"We wish we could have done it all at once, but we're really happy with what we've done so far.

"We've had really good feedback from patrons of the pool. People have been asking where to get the plants and if they can be planted with clippings."