Building backyard biodiversity

Barossa Bushgardens’ nursery coordinator Penny Devlin and volunteer Libby Eglinton with an example of the native tubestocks, ready to be given away.

The Barossa Council is helping to build biodiversity in backyards by giving away native plants to local property owners.

Residents can simply bring their rates notice to Barossa Bushgardens between 1 May and 30 June and access five free native plants per property as part of the initiative.

Limited to 300 people across the council area, the native tubestocks are offered on a first-in-first-served basis strictly during the promotion period – no early birds.

Mayor Bim Lange said the program, now in its third year, was in direct response to feedback from the community.

“In addition to the replanting work we have been undertaking, we want to keep encouraging people to plant natives in their garden as another way to intentionally and proactively make a difference,” Mayor Lange said.

“Local species are water wise, low maintenance and provide habitat, shelter and food for wildlife like native bees, birds, insects and small mammals. This means you can spend less time in the garden while reaping the rewards of a beautiful green space.”

The Barossa’s Best Native Garden Competition also returns to help celebrate the region’s finest green thumbs.

Avid gardeners, whether experienced or beginners, are invited to email images of how they are using native plants at home for a chance to win plants from Barossa Bushgardens and some extra gardening goodies.