My 2017 feature garden Habitat is inspired by the fact that we live at a time when urban habitat is under threat and every backyard has the potential to make a difference. I believe gardens should provide habitat to all the creatures that live there, including birds, bees, butterflies, beneficial insects, frogs, lizards, micro bats and most importantly, human creatures of all ages and sizes (we call these our family and friends). For productive gardens where fruits and vegies are grown, chooks can be kept as a way to manage food scraps and insect pests, while providing us with amazing eggs. Sometimes wildlife will come and build their own habitat as long as we create a safe, organic environment, however we may need to provide the basic ingredients so that these creatures do move in.
In Habitat I hope to demonstrate what wildlife gardening is all about and show what these different creatures need in terms of habitat, shelter, food and water in order to move into your backyard.
As well as showing you what to do on a practical level, this ‘Show’ garden also includes elements of whimsy with a massive orange selfie wall of a giant butterfly, and supersized butterfly and dragonfly silhouettes. Larger than life butterflies and bees fly above the garden and bird nests are suspended from the ceiling. As with all my feature gardens, recycling features with old items given new life and garden waste repurposed into woven wonders. The outdoor table and chairs, a type often seen in second hand shops and garage sales, have been given a lick of bright paint to cheer them up, and the quirky chook house, bird, bat and possum nesting boxes have be made from recycled materials. The focal point is the human nest made from grape vine prunings and hopefully it makes you want to take up habitat here too.
There are raised vegie beds brimming with colourful vegies, surrounded by an abundance of herbs as these are not only great for cooking, but they also attract beneficial insects including pollinators like bees and pest insect predators like ladybirds.
The information on this website is available in an abbreviated version in the brochure created for the show. You can download and different sections of the brochure if you want a hard copy.
Wildlife in a habitat garden
- Garden guardians
- Manage your pest and garden organically
Thanks to the following organisations and individuals who have supported my display:
Southern Vales Basket Cases & Hills Basket Cases – woven nests. Members of Basketry SA https://www.facebook.com/BasketrySA/
Richard Elston, metal work – Human nest frame and metal silhouettes. For more of his work visit http://sophiespatch.com.au/richards-metal-creations/ Ph: 0431 704 451
George Cooper, artist – painting stepping stones & artist’s impression of the garden. Ph: 0438 839 142
Nature’s Abode – nest boxes and chook house. https://www.facebook.com/naturesabode2015/
Rustics of Seaford – wooden signs https://www.facebook.com/Rustics-of-Seaford-1500315523553236/
Thanks to the following businesses who have supported my display:
Tupelo Grove Nursery
Specialist in exotic and native Mediterranean climate plants including salvias. Great range of aquatic plants.
104 Bradbury Rd, Mylor. Ph: (08) 8388 5456. www.facebook.com/Tupelo-Grove-Nursery
Bickleigh Vale Organic Farm
Home of ‘Greenseeds’ – NAASA certified organic vegetable seedlings and fresh produce.
197 Hunt Rd, McLaren Vale Ph: 0407 339 660 www.facebook.com/bickleighvalefarm
Specialists in herbs and succulents. Suppliers of fibreglass pipes.
43 Sands Rd, McLaren Vale. Ph:(08) 8323 8385 https://www.facebook.com/Hillside-Herbs-and-Succulents-128139147528145/
Specialists in quality advanced deciduous trees.
Gorge Rd, Cudlee Creek. Ph: 0421 033 465 www.freshfordnurseries.com.au
Specialist growers of conifers, clematis, hostas, rare and unusual plants. 16 Williams Rd, Heathfield Ph: (08) 8388 5711 www.valleyhorticulture.com.au
Garden City Plastics
Manufacturers of nursery supplies and plastic pots. Ph 1300 695 098 www.gardencityplastics.com
Green Steel Supplies
Suppliers of Form Boss garden edging. 23 Manton St, Hindmarsh, SA 5007 Ph: (08) 8241 5566 http://www.greensteelsupplies.com.au/
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