Gardens for Wildlife is a free program designed to support local residents to set an area aside in their garden for local wildlife. By planting indigenous or selected Australian native plants, you can create a garden that attracts birds, insects, butterflies, lizards and much more.
Our Garden Guides conducted many online visits during 2020 and became very good at providing advice based on photographs and live videos. We have recently been able to resume face to face visits with safety precautions in place. If you would like to try an online visit or book a face to face visit, register using the button on the right and include a note about your preference in the comments. We will then add you to the waiting list.
Wildlife Friendly Gardens
Make your garden wildlife friendly with this simple combination of plants and garden furnishings. 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
What Happens at a Garden Visit?
Two of our Garden Guides visit your garden at an agreed time and have a conversation with the gardener about habitat values and opportunities in the garden. The guides prepare a garden assessment, a written report that gives the gardener actions and advice.
The gardener also receives a voucher for 20 free plants from one of our indigenous nurseries, our newsletter subscription and ongoing garden and local wildlife information – all free!
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.
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.
The program is delivered by both 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.