Could your garden become wildlife habitat?

Published on 07 October 2021

gardens for wildlife

With Victoria’s roadmap out of lockdown announced, our Gardens for Wildlife program is set to get back on track to inspire our community to create wildlife-friendly gardens.
Winning artist
When we asked our local creatives to design a logo for the program, we were blown away by 50 expressions of interest. Mount Martha local, Anni Dowd, was the successful artist and created a beautiful illustration of the Blue-Banded Bee.
The Blue-Banded Bee buzzed its way to the top spot when we asked our community to vote for a mascot to represent the Gardens for Wildlife program.
Garden Guides visits
Are you keen to welcome local wildlife into your garden? When planting indigenous plants you are creating a welcoming habitat for indigenous animals and insects and have a better chance of attracting wildlife.
Our volunteer Garden Guides can help turn your garden into a home for local wildlife. Our Garden Guides can visit your property and provide simple, practical advice on increasing habitat and natural food sources.
Participants will receive: 

  • A garden habitat assessment carried out by two friendly local volunteer Garden Guides (please note, this does not include hands-on gardening)
  • A gift voucher for 15 indigenous tube stock plants from our Shire Nursery at The Briars (after garden assessment)
  • Invitations to Gardens for Wildlife events and information sessions
  • An information pack with helpful tricks and tips.

Go to our website to register your interest for a COVIDSafe visit post lockdown.
Mornington Peninsula Shire acknowledges the assistance of Gardens for Wildlife Victoria and founding program Knox Gardens for Wildlife.
Quote attributable to Mornington Peninsula Shire Mayor Councillor Despi O’Connor:
“Gardens for Wildlife is part of our Biodiversity Conservation Plan. Your garden can help protect and nurture the beautiful flora and fauna of the Mornington Peninsula.
“To attract our mascot, the Blue-Banded Bee, you can plant local varieties of Brachyscome, Hardenbergia and Hibbertia as well as flax lilies and native rosemary in your garden. Some herbs and vegetables they are known to frequent are lavender, borage, chilli, lemon balm, sage, thyme and tomatoes.”

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