Description

This is the first in a series of Training Forums offered by Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) focusing on how gardeners can benefit the environment surrounding their gardens and will be launched by SGA's patron Jane Edmanson.

A garden is not an island. All gardens are integrally linked with their surround environments and the local flora and fauna species they host. The design of our outdoor spaces, the green infrastructure they contain and our ongoing gardening practices critically affect the biodiversity of life within the environment.

Join in a discussion with guest speakers and an outdoor tour of habitats at Edendale and learn practical actions you can take to improve a gardens’ connection with the environment in providing habitat, food and shelter for beneficial species of birds, butterflies and frogs driven from their homes by human activity.

Speakers:       

  • Forum Opening: Jane Edmanson - SGA patron, ABC's Gardening Australia;
  • Birds: Meghan Cullen -  Education and Conservation Officer, BirdLife Australia;
  • Butterflies:  Patrick Honan - Manager Live Exhibit, Museum Victoria; and
  • Frogs: Craig Cleeland - Author of Frogs of Melbourne, consultant to WWF Frogs initiative, published frog researcher, teacher, and wildlife photographer.

Post Forum Summary

Indigenous wildlife is under constant pressure from the steady progress of urbanisation but every gardener can play a role in being a “Champion for Wildlife”. At this forum we learnt about the threats to our indigenous bird, butterfly and frog populations and the consequences of inaction also how we can play a role in helping native wildlife by providing shelter, food, water and habitat in our gardens. The presenters outlined how to landscape gardens appropriately and what plant species to include.

Key messages

  • Research the needs of the fauna in your area
  • Plant for shelter and food, structure and diversity
  • Provide artificial shelters where nature’s shelters have been removed
  • Provide a source of fresh water
  • Avoid using pesticides wherever possible
  • Keep predator pets like cats indoors or in a run.

In addition to being a “Champion for Wildlife” you will be able to sit back in your garden and enjoy the beauty and diversity of nature knowing you have made a positive contribution to the environment.

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Class Schedule

What you will learn
  • How to develop habitat in your garden for local species of birds, butterflies and frogs;
  • The link between your garden and its local environment; and
  • The role of biodiversity in strengthening environmental resilience.

What to bring
  • Notebook and pen
What to wear

Sun smart casual clothes and comfortable shoes


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Sustainable Gardening Australia

Vendor sincce 2014

Sustainable Gardening Australia (SGA) is a not-for-profit non-government organiation dedicated to achieving a healthy biodiverse planet.

Its driving purpose is to:

Encourage, educate and enable home and professional gardeners to adopt sustainable gardening practices to protect or enhance the natural environment;

Provide information, education and undertake research about the natural environment;

Reconnect people to the natural world through gardening; and

Ensure an understanding of the impacts that gardening decisions about chemical and resource use have on the natural environment well beyond their neighbourhood.

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Cancelation & Refund Policy

SGA’s Cancelation and Refund Policy

Non-attendance

No refunds will be given for non-attendance.

If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.

Forums and Master Class Cancelations: Refunds will be issued for cancellations IF you give at least 10 days notice prior to the start date. Refunds will be net of any WeTeachMe booking and transaction fees and less an additional A$10 administration fee.

No refunds will be issued for cancellations with less than 10 days notice unless the event is successfully booked out, including the cancelled tickets. If these conditions are met, refunds will be net of any WeTeachMe booking and transaction fees and less an additional A$10 administration fee.

Garden Tour Cancelations: Bookings for garden tours are considered final and no refunds will be issued for any cancellations. If you notify us up to 7 days before the scheduled time of the event, you may choose to transfer to another garden tour to attend at a later date. Any cancellations made after this cannot be transferred UNLESS we have interested people on a waiting list and so are considered a lost booking to you. You can have another person attend on your booking if you wish.

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Terms & Conditions

SGA’s Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made and no refunds will be given for non-attendance.

If there are insufficient numbers for an event it may be cancelled or postponed. If this is the case, you will be notified and given the option of either a full refund or a transfer to a different SGA event of equivalent value.

Please arrive at least 5 minutes before the scheduled starting time.

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