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 your cooking and contribute to Sunshine Coast’s urban forest. Take home a bushfood plant to start your own garden at home.
Supported by Sunshine Coast Council’s Living Smart program focusing on ecosystem restoration.
|Location||Date and Time||Registration|
|Coolum||Monday 1 November, 10.00–11.30am||Register|
|Beerwah Community Hall||Tuesday 2 November, 10.00–11.30am||Register|
|Kawana||Friday 5 November, 10.00–11.30am||Register|
Free. Limited spaces available per session. Registration essential.
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.
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:
- An introduction to the bush foods industry on the Sunshine Coast and hinterland areas by Karen Douglas and David Swete Kelly
- Wings over the Sunshine Coast: meet our birds and butterflies by Palmwoods Arts and Crafts Group
- My bush tukka adventure series: Sunshine Coast region [DVD]
To get started, download the cloudLibrary and Libby apps, select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
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
Plenty of plastic free tips with these free eMagazines:
Get started using free eMagazines online or download the Libby app. Select Sunshine Coast Libraries and enter your member number and password.
Listen on the go with these zero waste podcasts:
Search for these free podcast titles and more in your preferred podcast provider.
Download free Sunshine Coast guides identifying native plants and weeds:
Enjoy more native inspiration:
- Read up on your guide to edible Australian flora with Australian Geographic.
- Join Gardening Australia host Tino for a NAIDOC Week episode on Bush Foods.
- Sample some bush tucker flavours from the Bush Foods Shop.
- Check out these great information sheets from Sunshine Coast locals Witjuti Grub Bushfood Nursery.
- Join up and learn with the Queensland Bushfood Association Inc.
- Peppermint Ridge Farm: Bush Food Blog: Celebrating Australia’s native foods.
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