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Wildlife-friendly Garden

Wildlife-friendly garden

For gardens that support native wildlife such as birds, bees, butterflies, reptiles, frogs or bats! Bonus points for wildlife-friendly gardens with local native plants, flowers throughout the year and different storeys of vegetation.

Voting is open from 10 to 27 November 2022.

View all the submissions below and cast your vote here.

Wildlife-friendly Garden Entry #1 Wendy's Walk

I tend the walkway garden between Morford cr. and Edward Beck Drive. Brimming with bird and bee attracting plants. I have plants which flower across all seasons, a Community Cart containing books for all ages, a fairy garden for the little ones, a raised garden bed full of seasonal greens and herbs for the community to use, a tic tac toe game, and lots of ornaments hidden amongst the plants. My aim is to give people (and plenty of happy dogs) a place to come and enjoy the ever-changing flowers, colours, smells, birds and butterflies. A place to feel calm and happy. I have planted many callistomons, salvias, buddlea, daisies, poppies, holleyhocks, and sweet peas to attract the birds, butterflies and bees. I have also planted 2 different type of Milkweed which the Monarch Butterfly will be able to lay its eggs on.

Wildlife-friendly Garden Entry #2 Wandilla Street Native Garden

Our garden is made up of Australian Native plants with a mixture of local and interstate provenance and garden art. We have been developing it for over 10 years. It includes a paved area with seating to allow passive reflection within nature and provides us with immense enjoyment.

We are attempting to introduce a garden for birds and insects to thrive in the metropolitan area. We are volunteers with Trees for Life, so a number of species have been planted to allow us to hone our identification skills in bush land environments. The improvement of our soil and biodiversity has seen Greenhood orchids germinate naturally in an otherwise urban area, and we hope to see more of this over the coming years as the garden continues to grow and improve.

Our garden attracts a wide variety of bird life, including native parrots and honey eaters. We have even spotted Kookaburras and Yellow Tailed Black Cockatoos in the general area. We have identified a number of native bees, hover flies and butterflies as well as lizards and skinks. We have planted native grasses such as Themeda and Austrostipa, as well as a large range of purple flowering plants to attract insects and birds for pollination.

Wildlife Friendly Garden #3 Denham Avenue Biodiversity Garden

For the last 12 years I have been busy creating a biodiversity garden in my front yard. It is full of native grasses and flowers, with a backbone of flowering shrubs and trees (callitris, bottle brush, banksia and grevillea). On a sunny day it hums and buzzes with insects like this yellow-banded dart. I wanted to make a beautiful garden full of plants once endemic to the area to attract wildlife. I hoped that people walking past would enjoy the garden. I also wanted it to compliment the street trees which are bottlebrush and willow myrtle. My garden provides habitat for birds, insects and reptiles. It has a bird bath for water, native flowers for nectar, dense bushes and a tree for nesting (with more young trees on the way). Lots of butterflies visit the garden. It is densely planted and provides habitat for small things. The native grasses have now spread to the verge, so its influence is expanding!

Wildlife Friendly Garden #4 Day Street Wildlife Garden

My wildlife garden is the front of my garden. It’s on a quarter acre block I have tried to plant plants of local provenance whenever possible. It’s got one large tree medium trees shrubs and ground cover. I am aiming to create a habitat for local birds and other wildlife. Especially because my street has lost a lot of its trees and shrubs. My garden supports native wildlife by providing bowls of fresh water at various heights. Rocks and logs for them to live in and a bird box that is home to a family of lorikeets. Also plants producing nectar and shade.