Over the last 30 years at Manor Gardens we have made a conscious effort to only plant indigenous and to remove alien vegetation. Our gardens are probably more than 90% indigenous which means that the plants are suited to our environment and demand less of our natural resources – water – than alien plants would. Besides this, they bring a myriad of very beautiful animal life to the school grounds. The children are surrounded by these gardens and are taught to respect and care for all living things and appreciate our natural resources. Our outdoors are brought indoors; for example, our Grade 2’s recently read The Lorax by Dr Seuss. From this book developed a rich discussion about indigenous plants and the water saved through planting indigenous plants such as those in our school. From this discussion stemmed further teaching and learning about how water could be saved at home. Any opportunity is found to help the children develop an environmental conscience and become water wise.