Gardening on the Wild Side CityEast College

Course Outline

On this in-depth course we learn about what plants to include in a native haven garden that will be blooming with flowers and buzzing with bees. We’ll learn how to make a pond where frogs can breed so we can hear their melodious chorus come evening. We’ll explore how to create nesting boxes for friendly critters and explore plants for habitat creation for birds, insects and butterflies.
We finish the course at Randwick Council Nursery to see examples of small scale native gardens for container growing and for small courtyard gardens. We tour of the nursery to learn about choosing the appropriate native plants for our garden.

And the take-away? To get you started in developing a flourishing native garden through a basic design process, plant selection and habitat creation for your garden.

Ideal for...

Beginner as well as experienced gardeners.


  • identify about 60 native plants suitable for habitat gardens
  • explore native solitary and social bee habitats and build social bee habitats
  • learn to identify local birds
  • know how to provide frog ponds and lizard lounges
  • visit the Council nursery to learn basic native cutting techniques and how to choose appropriate native plants when visiting a nursery
  • gain an understanding of the garden design processes

What to bring

  • pen and notepad
  • hat
  • sunscreen
  • clothes appropriate for gardening.

Other information

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    Excellent course. Would definitely recommend
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    A very well organised course which included interesting sessions delivered by skilled people. I gained a lot from this course and look forward to attending more workshops in the future.