Design a native urban garden workshops

Learn how to create a native garden for your urban space. Join Karen Shaw from Forest Heart ecoNursery to discover ways to incorporate local plant species into your garden. Native plants can bring beauty to your space. Make your garden low maintenance, add new flavours to cooking and contribute to Sunshine Coast’s urban forest.

Supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Living Smart program for the World Environment Day Festival (WED Fest 2021) focussing on ecosystem restoration.

Register quick! Limited spaces available per session. 

Location Date and Time Registration
Monday 7 June, 10am Register
Caloundra Wednesday 9 June, 10am Register
Thursday 10 June, 10am Register

Free. Registration essential.

COVID-19 event information
- Under Queensland Government restrictions, customers must provide their contact details to library staff when entering the library.
- Customers are required to act on the advice of library staff, observe social distancing and practice good hygiene.
- Customers must be in good health prior to attending the session. If you feel unwell, cancel your registration and do not attend the event.
More information on COVID-19 in Libraries.

More great info to get you started

Love local native plants? The Sunshine Coast has rich biodiversity including native plants, animals and ecosystems. Council is working to preserve and protect native plants and animals on the Sunshine Coast through actions in the Environment and Liveability Strategy. Find out more about wildflowers, plant identification and native plants in the region.


Tips for native gardens | Gardening Australia

Join a community nursery

You can play a part in looking after and saving local biodiversity, ecosystems and waterways by choosing plants that are not only native to Australia, but are also native to the Sunshine Coast area. Community native nurseries grow and sell local native plants. They offer free advice on choosing plants, planting tips and maintenance, and opportunities to join in seed collecting, growing and care of native plant species. 

Sponsoring native nurseries is one of many ways Council partners with the community to ensure the ongoing protection and preservation of the Coast's plants and animals and its unique local plant communities. Details of opening hours, services and volunteering available on nursery websites.

Libraries members have borrowed Australian native gardening titles 4,553 times! Tuck into these titles to regenerate your green space.


Local native plant titles to reserve:


Help out the world with these environmentally friendly eBooks:

To get started, download the ePlatform and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.

World Environment Day Festival 2021

World Environment Day Festival 2021 is a month long celebration throughout June. This year we celebrate with a diverse program of events including guided walks, seminars, workshops, live music, interactive art and so much more! The theme for the festival aligns with the UN Decade on Ecosystem Restoration and is a rallying call for the protection and revival of ecosystems all around the world. It aims to halt the degradation of ecosystems, and restore them to achieve global goals. 

Only with healthy ecosystems can we enhance people’s livelihoods, counteract climate change, and stop the collapse of biodiversity. This event is proudly supported by the Sunshine Coast Council's grant program, the Queensland Government and Queensland Water and Land Carers. 

Bush tucker gardens | Grow native foods at home

For more than 65,000 years First Nations peoples of Australia have used native foods for eating and medicinal purposes. Bush tucker includes flora and fauna (plant and animal products) - many of the plants can be grown in your own garden.

  • Native Thyme, Native Rivermint, Midyim Berries, Illawarra Plum, Tucker Bush Cherries, Macadamia Nut and Davidson’s Plum
  • Warrigal Greens: as a spinach substitute
  • Native Violet: flowers are great in salads
  • Native Rosella: makes a delicious jam
  • Lemon Mrytle: fabulous for tea making or lemongrass substitute
  • Native Finger Lime: for any dish requiring lime flavours


Friends of Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens

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On the web 

Head here for more native inspiration: 


Time to glove up and head to the garden with these eMagazines:
  • Think
  • Peppermint
  • EcoBalance
  • Corporate Knights
  • Thrive 
  • The Gardener
  • Sustainable and Waterwise Gardens. 

To get started using free eMagazines download the Libby app, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.

Celebrate World Environment Day with these Australian eco podcasts:

Search for these free podcast titles and more in your preferred podcast provider.


How to make a portable native garden that’s perfect for renters

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