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Native gardens booklet now available


Native Gardens booklet.

A new guide to planting and landscaping with local native plants has just been released for southern Tasmania. The booklet provides simple but inspiring advice for gardeners about local native plants that work well in a landscaped garden setting. The selected natives make perfect replacements for many of the weed species often found in gardens which commonly become escapees.

Five simple but attractive landscape designs, including Japanese, formal, cottage, contemporary and naturalistic feature in the guide, highlighting the various styles and functions local native plants can fulfil as well as the varied colours and shapes they offer. Many of the species selected for the guide also attract and provide habitat for native animals such as butterflies, frogs and birds.

The new booklet has been produced by NRM South who will be delivering a series of public workshops aimed at introducing people to the charms of southern Tasmanian plants, at the Spring Community Festival (Oct. 6th-7th) and the Sustainable Living Festival (Nov 10th-11th).

The booklets have been produced in partnership with the Australian Plants Society, Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens, Understory Network, Gardens for Wildlife Program and Kris Schaffer from Bush Foods Garden Designs. Free copies are available through those organisations as well as Councils and nurseries that stock local native plants. The guide can also be found on NRM South website www.nrmsouth.org.au or go to this link http://www.nrmsouth.org.au/uploaded/287/15131573_74nativegardenbooklet.pdf.

NRM South would like to acknowledge the Australian Government's Caring for Our Country Program and the Australian Plant Society for funding support, and the Adelaide and Mount Lofty Ranges NRM Board for allowing their Coastal Gardens Guide to be adapted for southern Tasmania.