My Smart Garden has been recognised for its innovative way of spreading the sustainability message with a Keep Australia Beautiful Victoria award.
The program picked up the Education (City) award for the way it empowers people across Melbourne’s suburbs to create sustainable gardens.
Eleven councils including Hobsons Bay and Maribyrnong collaborate to deliver My Smart Garden.
The free program provides resources to help grow food, habitat and shelter, while staying healthy, cutting grocery bills and meeting neighbours.
It helps teach everyone from expert green thumbs to novice gardeners how to make the most of their garden, even if you’re renting or have limited space.
Former Hobsons Bay Mayor Tony Briffa said council is proud of its contribution to the program.
“It makes learning about how we can make the most of our gardens fun, gives great tips and advice, and really helps people cut down their food bills,” she said.
“This is a fantastic partnership across 11 councils in Melbourne, and it’s great to see it recognised for the valuable contribution it’s making to our residents and our local environment.”
Former Maribyrnong Mayor Sarah Carter said the program has helped residents turn their outdoor spaces into productive, functional gardens since its establishment in 2012.
“This collaborative program exemplifies the power of community-driven sustainability,” she said.
“My Smart Garden is not just cultivating gardens, it’s nurturing a sense of environmental responsibility and fostering connections to enable our cities to thrive.”