Monash Gardens for Wildlife program

Monash Gardens for Wildlife program

Join our Gardens for Wildlife program and we’ll help you to create an indigenous garden in your own property.

By creating a habitat garden, you'll be increasing biodiversity which is good for the environment and our local wildlife.

Council conducts free Gardens for Wildlife workshops run by our own bush crew, so you can learn more about plant selection, weeds, maintenance, etc. If you would like to be notified of the next workshop or have any questions please email 

Find out more about the Gardens for Wildlife program in the video below:

Join our program and receive:

  • free Monash Gardens for Wildlife booklet
  • free seedlings voucher (20 indigenous plants)
  • invitations to networking events and workshops.

To join, please complete our 5-minute membership form

If you would like more information on the Gardens for Wildlife program, please email

The Monash Gardens for Wildlife booklet:

  • Includes photos of native plants that will prosper as they are suited to the local climate and soils. These plants will also attract (and provide food and shelter for) native wildlife, including birds, bees and frogs.
  • Identifies weeds so that people can avoid planting them or consider removing them.

You will be able to find out how to create a thriving native garden in this FREE booklet, produced by Council.

Monash Gardens for Wildlife - English version(PDF, 6MB)

Monash Gardens for Wildlife - Chinese version(PDF, 8MB)

Council produced this booklet with the aim of promoting biodiversity. Having a variety of plant and animal life in local gardens will help ensure the survival of species that are struggling with the impacts of urbanisation.

You can also ask for a copy of the Gardens for Wildlife booklet to be sent to you by either:

If you are looking to plant a small-to-medium indigenous (local native) tree in your garden, here is a list of recommended species: Recommended trees for smaller gardens.

You may also be interested in the larger list of indigenous plants of Monash: Indigenous Species in Monash.

Introduction to Wildlife Gardening webinar

If you missed our recent webinar with Sustainable Gardening Australia on sharing your garden with wildlife, you can watch it on the Sustainable Gardening Australia website using the password Monash13

Garden Guides

Once you have joined the Gardens for Wildlife program, you are eligible to receive a free visit to your garden by one of our volunteer garden guides. Garden Guides are fellow residents who have a love for gardens and increasing indigenous plantings and other features to support local native wildlife. 

We are always on the lookout for more Garden Guides to join the program; we encourage you to contact us to find out more if you think this is of interest to you. The below video explains more about the garden visits and what being a Garden Guide is all about.

Watch now: