Gardening with Indigenous Plants

Learn how to incorporate Indigenous plants into your own garden through simple, highly effective design methods.

Gradening with indigenous plants

Workshop details

This five-hour workshop runs on the following dates in 2023:

Sat 4 Mar or
10am – 3pm

Sat 19 Aug or
10am – 3pm

Sun 12 Nov
9.30am – 2.30pm

Concession available

Explore the intriguing array of plants local to the inner Melbourne area, and learn the difference between Indigenous, endemic and native species as part of the Gardening with Indigenous Plants workshop.

CERES site horticulturist Belinda Kennedy will take you on a journey of discovery as you tour the grounds of CERES and the Merri Creek. Discover Indigenous rain gardens, wildlife catchments and grasslands. Learn how to incorporate Indigenous plants into your own garden through simple design methods; attract local wildlife to your area and rejoice in the natural beauty of your surrounds.

The workshop will cover:

  • Site specific plant selection
  • Design tips and methods
  • Planting and maintenance guides
  • Ecosystems, native plant foods, and soil requirements
  • Creating your very own indigenous garden design

Belinda Kennedy has been working within the horticulture industry for more than a decade, specialising in sustainable and organic garden design and management that utilises permaculture principles. She has worked in numerous fields within the industry alongside several key landscape designers throughout Melbourne; co-designing, implementing and maintaining home landscapes on various scales; teaching training courses and workshops in certified horticulture and landscape design along with revegetation work along Melbourne’s waterways and parklands.

Belinda has completed an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture at Melbourne University, a Permaculture Design Course and is currently employed as the site horticulturalist and volunteer coordinator at CERES Community Environment Park alongside running a sustainable garden design and maintenance company. Along with her hands-on experience she is currently working on several literary productions based on permaculture and sustainable gardening along with producing a plant database for the inner Melbourne region.

What will I learn?

  • Indigenous plant identification and selection
  • Garden design methods
  • Plant care and maintenance

What will I take away?

  • Handouts
  • Seedlings

What should I bring

  • Notepad and writing materials

What to wear

  • Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes/boots

Terms and conditions

Our booking and refund policies, concession pricing information, FAQs, as well as other general terms and conditions can be viewed here.

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