Whitehorse City Council

Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for Wildlife is a free program designed to support local residents to set an area aside in their garden for locally threatened wildlife. By planting locally indigenous or selected Australian native plants, you can create a garden that attracts birds, insects, butterflies, lizards and much more.

2019 Program
Check out our 2019 events on Sustainability Events page!

Subscribe to the mailing list

In the meantime, if you would like to receive the online seasonal newsletter with program events and updates you are most welcome too. The events are open to the public and address topics such as how to create a garden for native bees, garden design, nests and hollows and gardening with indigenous species.

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Email us if you would like to register for a garden visit at gardensforwildlife@whitehorse.vic.gov.au
After a visit from 2 of our garden guides, participants receive a garden assessment, a written report, 20 free plants from one of our indigenous nurseries, our newsletter subscription and ongoing garden and local wildlife information –all free!

Make your garden wildlife friendly with this simple recipe

  • Pick any of these ingredients to make your garden a wildlife garden
  • A tall mature tree, native to the area
  • A patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms
  • A clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • Nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • A cat-proof birdbath
  • A frog-friendly pond or bog with unpolluted water
  • A warm, sheltered corner for lizards
  • Local daisies for butterflies

Our Volunteers

The Garden Guides who visit the gardens are made up of a team of volunteers and council officers who each have a passion for the conservation of  our indigenous plants and animals. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer you can register your interest and we will contact you before the next uptake.

Our Partnership

Gardens for Wildlife is driven by a partnerships between Bungalook Nursery, Greenlink Nursery, the Whitehorse Parkland Advisory Committees, the Blackburn and District Tree Preservation Society and Whitehorse City Council. It is delivered in combination by volunteers and council officers. Whitehorse City Council would like to acknowledge Knox City Council and the Knox Environment Society for their assistance in introducing and operating The Gardens for Wildlife Program.

Whitehorse City Council would like to acknowledge the Wurundjeri people who are the Traditional Custodians of this Land and pay respect to the Elders both past and present of the Kulin Nation.


Creating a frog friendly habitat

A beginners Guide to Frog Identification

Frog Census App


Birds in Backyards

Birdlife Melbourne

Nest Boxes

pdf icon Nest Boxes (1.59MB) | pdf icon Nest Box Instructions Wildlife (541.33kB)


Other Councils with Gardens for Wildlife Programs:

Bayside | Casey | Knox City | Yarra Ranges