billy bombax, the garden giant
Townsville is in the dry tropics and water is scarce. Knowledge of drought-tolerant local plants isn’t widespread but there are many benefits from planting indigenous species. These include saving water and providing habitat for birds, animals and insects. A corner of the local botanic gardens was developed into a water-saving garden but the challenge was to bring visitors in and keep them there long enough to explore and learn about drought-tolerant plants.
A large bombax tree stands in the centre of the garden. We decided to transform the tree into a friendly Giant and hold a naming competition with local school children. A four-part audio script was developed to be heard via push-button speakers on posts throughout the garden. It was spoken in a deep, slow voice as if by the Giant and covered the need to look after our land, water and animals.
Result? Thousands of downloads and a much loved spot for local families.