Plant me instead

Plant me instead

Weed identification and native plant substitutions

Over 50 people have attended this class


Nillumbik Shire Council has been working together with other government agencies on a Rivers to Ranges peri-urban weed management project to protect vulnerable natural ecosystems from weeds.

Come and learn how to identify and manage weeds on your property, how invasive species spread both within the garden and into bushland areas, and how we can safely dispose of weeds in our backyard. You will also discover some amazing alternative native species to plant instead of the common weeds that we find in our gardens and properties, and how to identify the difference between weeds and their native look-alikes!

Beth Hamilton is an Environmental Project Officer at Nillumbik Shire Council and project manager of the Rivers to Ranges program. She also coordinates the Nillumbik Gardens for Wildlife Program and the Nillumbik Deer Control Program, protecting Nillumbik Shire’s biodiversity assets. Beth has a long history of weed management across multiple areas, having worked on bush crews and other environmental management roles previous to working at Council.

Rowena Groundwater is an Edendale Nursery Officer who has worked in local bush crews for over a decade controlling weeds to protect indigenous flora in remnant bushland. After transitioning through horticultural studies, she joined the Edendale nursery team in 2018 working with the public to encourage the use of local indigenous plants in gardens.

The workshop will include a plant giveaway to participants, so register your interest today as numbers are limited!

We aim to ensure that people have equal access to our workshops, please give us a call on 9433 3711 to discuss how we can make these sessions inclusive and accessible for you.

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What you will learn

  • How to identify and manage weeds in your garden. What Indigenous plants are best to use instead.

What you will get

  • A native plant to take home and plant in your garden
Parking Info

While there is some parking available at the front of Edendale we would  encourage you to investigate some more sustainable transport options including:

  • Riding your bike
  • Public Transport 
  • Walking
  • Car pooling

Some overflow parking may be available at Eltham North playground

What to bring

  • Weather dependent clothes

What to wear

Neat, casual, closed shoes

Appropriate for

home gardeners, urban farmers, permaculture

Edendale Farm

(729 Reviews)

Edendale is a small working farm on 7 hectares of land adjacent to the Diamond Creek in Eltham.

We are open 7 days a week 9.30 to 4.30 with the exception of Christmas Day. Entry to the farm is by a Gold Coin Donation into one of our donation boxes around the farm.

Edendale's purpose is to provide an interactive community and education centre to support sustainable living practices for the whole community.

Edendale offers:

  • Local native plant nursery
  • Preschool and school education programs
  • Community sustainability workshops
  • Family activities and events
  • Cafe Eden and spaces for picnics
  • Close proximity to Eltham North adventure playground reserve
  • Volunteer opportunities

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5.0 (8 reviews)
Hildarated it
08 Oct 2023
Beth and Rowena shared lots of good advice re. managing non indigenous pest plants, suggesting many alternatives and the benefits of growing them.
Helenrated it
07 Oct 2023
Great information session on weeds and what natives work well in our area
petarated it
12 Sep 2022
great workshop, very knowledgeable presenters. Would definitely attend more workshops.
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Cancellations & Refunds

If the organiser cancels the class:

You are entitled to a full refund.

If you can't attend the class:

You’re welcome to send someone in your place.


You may cancel anytime before class starts and claim a full refund or transfer or credit note.

We recommend the refund upgrade option upon checkout in case you’re not able to attend the class. Learn more about refund upgrade option.

Terms & Conditions

Anyone partaking in any classes or coming to any events at Edendale Farm or organised by Edendale Farm must agree to these terms and conditions.


I agree to take on full responsibility for any damages, injuries and for physical and/or personal property, which I might incur whilst participating in classes and/or events organised by Edendale Farm


I agree to give Edendale Farm unrestricted publishing rights for any photographs, videos or recordings taken at Edendale Farm classes and events or on Edendale Farm premises. (For use of Edendale Farm marketing materials).

Photos and videos recordings will not be taken of children without written permission from parents or guardians.


Edendale Farm requires 72 hours notice in writing prior to the class commencing for a refund, transfer or credit.


In the event that a class is cancelled by Edendale Farm, students will be notified via text message or email and entitled to a full refund, transfer or credit.

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