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Smart Gardens create homes for local plants and wildlife that form corridors linking parks and reserves so that species can migrate and adapt to climate change.

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We improve the habitat by adding water sources like bird baths or small ponds, creating nesting sites that are safe from predators, and growing food plants for wildlife that supply nectar, pollen and fruits. We avoid chemical pesticides and herbicides, and make sure our gardens don’t spread weeds into local ecosystems. In return habitat gardens bring joy and remind us of our place in nature. There are practical benefits, too: Blue-tongue lizards feast on snails, wattle birds vacuum up caterpillars and microbats eat hundreds of mosquitoes a night!

Latest Events

Join free events in your neighbourhood and online. Get your questions answered by local experts with reliable, practical advice. Enjoy tours of inspirational places and meet your local gardening community. Bring any surplus seeds, plants and produce to swap and share too!

Backyard Chooks

Backyard Chooks

21 Yardley St, Maidstone VIC 3012, Australia
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Wild edible garden design

Wild edible garden design

Zoom link will be sent via email two days prior to the event
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Using vegetation and water to cool our green spaces

Using vegetation and water to cool our green spaces

This webinar will be delivered via Zoom. Registered participants will receive an access link via email one day prior to the event.
Free event
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Resources

Missed an event? Check out previous event notes and recordings, plus videos from our local gardening experts.

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Queensland Fruit Fly (QFF)

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Session Notes: Perfect Pollinators

Want to build a bee hotel this weekend and encourage some native bees into your garden? Bee hotels or nesting boxes provide individual artificial tunnels that entice female solitary native bees to lay their eggs. These bees will source food from your garden and thank you by pollinating your vegetables, fruits and flowers in return.
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Our Focus

My Smart Garden is a free program that will help you grow food, shelter your home from the sun and wind, create homes for native plants and animals, use water wisely and reduce waste. Learn about the five themes:

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Food

Grow your own food with minimum effort and space

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Shelter

Make your home more comfortable all year round

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Water

Use our most precious resource wisely

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Habitat

Create homes for local plants and wildlife

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Waste

Transform waste materials into garden resources

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