About 'What grows here?'
The well-being of all life on our planet is under increasing pressure from climate change.
It has been known for decades that part of the solution lies in repairing our natural environment through tree planting and restoring forest to areas that have been cleared.
The 'What grows here?' app will empower you to and be part of the solution and help you plant the right tree, at the right time in the right place.
Our companion learning hub will give passionate gardeners, educators, students and learners of all ages:
- access to additional information about plants
- teaching and learning resources
- the ability to share reflections, thoughts and your own content with others will be available in future updates of the learning hub
Datasets used: State Flora Catalogue (data.sa.gov), Waite Arboretum Spatial Data (data.sa.gov), Atlas of Living Australia
Planned future developments for these products are mapped out in our Roadmap.
The Creative Process: Identify needs, Use Scenario-based planning, photographic requirements.
Who can use 'What Grows Here?'
- Home gardeners
- Teachers - as a resource
School teacher / students
- A school wants to build a school nature garden. Using the app, students would be able to select appropriate plants for location, soil, and weather conditions. Plants of different heights, flower colour and flowing times can be selected to add variety to the garden.
- A school class in on an excursion to the Botanic Gardens looking at different kinds of plants as part of their biological science program. Using the app, students can type in the botanical name of the plant to access information about it.
- Students visit the Waite Arboretum and are required to report on the range of plants observed. Using the app, students can record the physical and biological characteristics of the flora on site.
- Students are required to create their own herbarium (physical or electronic) showing diagnostic features of a range of native flora for any chosen location. Using 'What grows Here?' students can use information about the flora to supplement their research work.
- A student wants to revegetate a bush block just outside Mt Gambier. Using 'What Grows Here?' they are able to produce a list of indigenous plants suitable for the purpose.
- A home gardener has a space in his garden he wishes to fill but is not sure on which type of plant to put there. Using 'What Grows Here?' the gardener can select the right plant for the spot.
- While visiting a Botanic Garden in a different state, the home gardener sees a groundcover that would look nice in his garden. Unsure if his garden has the right conditions for the plant to thrive, he can use 'What Grows Here?' to find out about the plant.
Sample links to curriculum
Australian National Curriculum - Biological Sciences
- Year 1 - Living things live in different places where their needs are met (ACSSU211)
- Year 3 - Living things can be grouped on the basis of observable features and can be distinguished from non-living things (ACSSU044)
- Year 4 - Living things have life cycles (ACSSU072), Living things, including plants and animals, depend on each other and the environment to survive(ACSSU073)
- Year 6 - The growth and survival of living things are affected by the physical conditions of their environment (ACSSU094)
- Year 7 - There are differences within and between groups of organisms; classification helps organise this diversity (ACSSU111)
- Certificate 2 - Recognise plants AHCPCM201A
- Certificate 3 - Provide information on plants and their culture AHCPCM203A
- Certificate 4 - Implement revegetation works AHCNAR303A
Ten ways to include 'What Grows Here' in your school lessons
- Design a 'sensory garden' that will stimulate all five senses. Use 'What Grows Here' to select flora of varying colours, foliage types, heights and widths. Plant a variety of long grasses, strap-leaved plants and 'weeping' tree varieties that blow in the wind. Look at including plants that attract birds and insects. Use items such as old boots and wheelbarrows to add the fun element to the garden.
- Test the quality of soil (texture and pH levels) in several locations around and near your school. Record your results and use 'What Grows Here' to identify suitable flora for the soil type.
- Use weather sites to find out the rainfall for your area and use 'What Grows Here' to identify suitable flora for those conditions.
- Select an area in your school or garden that could be suitable for planting. Map it out on a piece of paper and calculate the area of the plot. Use 'What Grows Here' to identify flora that would be suitable for that area based on height and width. Draw these onto the map.
- Design a flowering garden for a small plot of land in your school or back garden. Use 'What Grows Here' to help in the selection of a range of flora so that there are flowers all year round.
- Use 'What Grows Here' to identify the conservation status (endangered, threatened, rare, vulnerable) of flora for your area. Discuss what the difference between a threatened species and an endangered species. Discuss why it is important to protect endangered species and look at ways you can help.
- Visit a local Botanic Garden and select a variety of flora to gather data on. Record the species name and take notes on the height, width, form (silhouette of the shape), soil type/conditions, leaves and flowers. Look up the species on 'What Grows Here' and compare your data with the data from the app. What are the similarities and differences? What are reasons for any differences you notice?
- Select two locations that you think would be very different in terms of conditions (rainfall, soil characteristics, frost etc). Use 'What Grows Here' to identify flora found in each region. Is there a difference in the species found in each area? Identify a species that grows in one area but not in the other. What conditions make it grow better in one place than the other?
- What happens when the physical conditions of the environment change? Use 'What Grows Here' and identify a species that grows in your area that requires a certain soil texture (sand, clay, loam, limestone) and soil pH. Plant a cutting of the species and alter the soil conditions by changing the soil type and pH level. Record what happens to the plant over time.
- Find a map that shows the average rainfall and another that shows the botanical regions of your state. Combine the two maps so that the rainfall and regions are on one map. Use 'What Grows Here' to identify 10 species that require different amounts of rainfall. Use a symbol for each species and plot the occurrence of the species on the map. What do you notice about the relationships between species occurrence and rainfall.