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Gardening with Indigenous Plants



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Explore the intriguing array of plants local to the Inner Melbourne area, learn the difference between Indigenous, endemic and native species. CERES trainer and horticulturist Belinda Kennedy takes 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; culminating in creating your very own indigenous garden design.

Trainer Bio:

Belinda Kennedy has been working within the horticulture industry for over 10 years, specialising in sustainable and organic garden design and management utilisiing 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 Environment Park and runs 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 data base for the inner Melbourne region. 

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What you will learn
  • Indigenous plant ID and selection
  • Garden design methods
  • Plant care and maintenance
What you will get
  • Handouts
  • Seedlings to take home

What to bring
  • Notepad and writing materials
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What to wear

Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes/boots

Appropriate for

Those wanting to learn about growing with indigenous plants



Vendor since 2013

CERES - Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.

It is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.

Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.

CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.

CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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