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Indigenous gardens

Hands holding a seedling in a pot with arms wrapped around a tree trunk

Maroondah is home to a number of rare and locally or regionally significant Indigenous species.

These species are under tremendous pressure from weed infestation and vandalism, as well as:

  • illegal dumping of soil and mulch
  • ‘building rubbish’ - which can include soil and weed seeds - leading to germination and weed infestation
  • garden ‘escapees’ - exotic and invasive native species flowering and dispersing their seeds.

The Maroondah Bushland team, with support from volunteers, maintains these reserves by removing weed infestations and regenerating or revegetating depleted areas.

The benefits of creating your own Indigenous garden

Building your own indigenous garden can:

  • strengthen existing corridors and increase the number of habitat pockets within Maroondah
  • can create new corridors that link to remnant flora and fauna ecosystems in Maroondah’s bushland reserves
  • protect fragile local natural areas by reducing potential weed infestations caused by weedy plants escaping from gardens
  • create new habitats for wildlife
  • significantly reduce ongoing maintenance, fertiliser and water use
  • create inviting outdoor living areas
  • raise awareness and appreciation of local indigenous vegetation and wildlife.

If you have any queries about creating an Indigenous garden at home, please call Derek Ashton, Bushland Liaison Support Officer, in our Bushland Team on 1300 88 22 33.

Resources

Indigenous plant list of Maroondah

Indigenous plant list of Maroondah  (pdf, 614KB)
Indigenous plant list of Maroondah  (docx, 38KB)

Indigenous Gardens booklet - creating habitat for people and wildlife in Maroondah

Download a copy of the Indigenous Garden booklet, a collaboration between CRISP Nursery and Maroondah City Council, for lots of practical advice for the home gardener.

Indigenous Gardens booklet  (pdf, 4MB) 

Community nurseries

CRISP Nursery
17 Greenwood Avenue
Ringwood
Ph: 9879 3911
Email: crisp@melbpc.org. au
CRISP Nursery

Maroondah City Council Bushland Team
24 - 28 Lincoln Road
Croydon 
Ph: 9294 5677
Email: Depot.CustomerService@maroondah.vic.gov.au

Candlebark Community Nursery
Corner of Hull Road and Taylor Road
Mooroolbark (enter off Hull Road)
9727 0594 or 0448 011 604
Candlebark Nursery

Please contact the community nurseries to check opening hours.

Neighbourhood Seedling Project 

All 100 CRISP vouchers have now been allocated. That's 400 new plants Indigenous to Maroondah which will soon be planted in local backyards. 

Thank you to everyone who has registered to the project.

Maroondah City Council is partnering with Central Ringwood Community Centre to provide a limited number of Maroondah residents four free Indigenous seedlings from CRISP Nursery.  

The project aims to increase the number of local native plants grown across our region, while building awareness about the benefits of local Indigenous plants and giving residents a greater appreciation of local species. All Indigenous plants available through the program are grown at CRISP Nursery.

Visit the Central Ringwood Community Centre.Community Garden page to access the FREE intro to Habitat Gardening video, Bushland Team contact info, and more conservation resources. 

 

21/07/2017
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