Free online gardens for wildlife workshops and plant vouchers

Published: 2 February 2021

Learn how to create a wildlife-friendly garden at Cardinia Shire Council’s free online workshops and kick start your new garden with a free $20 plant voucher.

Upon completion of a workshop, Cardinia Shire residents will receive a $20 voucher to Cardinia Environment Coalition Nursery at Deep Creek Reserve. The voucher is redeemable after the nursery opens to the public. 

'Gardens for Wildlife’ is a free program that shows residents how to create a garden that attracts wildlife and improves its habitat. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the program has been enhanced with free online workshops from February to March presented by Cardinia Shire Council and Sustainable Gardening Australia. 

Cardinia Shire Council Mayor Councillor Brett Owen said adding wildlife-friendly elements to your garden will attract native animals and insects such as birds, bees, lizards, butterflies and other creatures 

“You can create a haven for wildlife in your own backyard and experience the joy of observing birds, butterflies and bees in your garden over many years to come 

Our native birds, such as the Eastern Yellow Robin, Superb Fairy Wren, Australian King Parrots and Powerful Owls are such beautiful creatures and they play an important part in our ecosystem, so supporting them is one way you can help our environment while also giving your garden a makeover,” Cr Owen said. 

Free online Gardens for Wildlife workshops 

Your garden for wildlife - garden design, preparation and maintenance 

Wednesday 24 February, 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Learn some native gardening basics and create a wildlife-friendly garden. 
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Beautiful birds – attracting small birds to your garden 

Tuesday 2 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Invite birds into your backyard with a bird-friendly garden. 
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Beautiful butterflies and native bees – creating an insect-friendly garden 

Wednesday 10 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Create gardens for native butterflies and bees. 
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Lovely lizards – creating a lizard, skink and gecko friendly garden 

Tuesday 16 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Ideas, tips, tricks, dos and don’ts when it comes to creating a lizard lounge in your garden. 
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Furry friends – creating a native mammal friendly garden 

Wednesday 24 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Attract more adorable furry animals like echidnas, wombats, micro-bats and gliders to your garden. 
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Fabulous frogs - creating a frog pond 

Tuesday 30 March, 7.30pm-8.30pm 
Create a frog-friendly garden including a frog pond and attract a chorus of frogs into your garden. 
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All Cardinia Shire residents who watch a workshop can register for a $20 plant voucher from Cardinia Environment Coalition (CEC) Nursery at Deep Creek Reserve at the end of Cameron Way, Pakenham. You must show your driver's licence as proof of residency. The voucher will be redeemable after the nursery is open to the public. 

For more information about the Gardens for Wildlife workshop, please visit or phone Council on 1300 787 624.

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