welcome to WA Native Gardens

WHO ARE WE ?

We are Perth’s leading experts on West Australian Native Garden Plants and Services. We are lovers of West Australian plants. We are garden advisors with three generations of West Australian plant knowledge, garden experience and wildflower passion. We are sharers of knowledge so we can support you and your garden.

HOW CAN WE HELP ?

We bring the nursery to you to have the best selection for your garden bed, and offer help to better understand the plants’ relationship to our ancient sandy soil. We help by sharing our knowledge in person during Garden Visits (in your garden), at our Garden Gatherings, Seasonal Workshops, and through our community online garden wikipedia.

WHAT DO WE DO ?

If you like, we visit you and your garden. We listen to the story of your garden, tailor our advice and place the West Australian plants to reflect your intention. We also understand that before planting, we may sometimes be building you a deck, building your retaining wall, removing your grass or unwanted trees, paving or the myriad of other jobs that stand in the way of your native garden.

Do you really want a native garden ?

To understand how to create a successful native garden in Perth requires passion, commitment and patience. I’m lucky, I have the benefit of 3 generations of knowledge and experience around West Australian plants to draw on in WA Native Gardens.  So that’s what I’m sharing, through our work, our workshops, blogs and conversations.

I will help you create a thriving, beautiful, interesting native verge or garden that you’ll love as much as the local birds and wildlife will.

When I meet with clients or attendees at our workshops, their response is often “I’ve tried natives and they don’t work as well as I expected in my garden.” If this is true for you, know that it’s not your fault!

If you’ve been feeling stressed or frustrated in not knowing which plants to buy or how to prepare the garden, you’re absolutely not alone.

The simple truth is, to have a successful native garden or verge requires a well researched, simple to use, proven system, and a reasonable understanding of the garden you’re working with.  And that’s where it gets interesting…

Garden bed preparation

“Whenever you read that you need a product to improve your sand, bring more ‘healthy soil in’, add fertilizer or spend money on stuff to ‘improve your native garden’ or ‘prepare your garden bed’…stop reading and go to the next article…Because they’re not talking about a West Australian plant garden.” –Graeme Mitchell

My partner, Graeme, gives the best advice I can think of if you’re researching native verges or gardens.  Our Perth sand, our West Australian plants, our climate, are all perfect for bringing life to your verge and garden.  And isn’t that a relief?

I won’t go into a long story about how this has been tested and proven, that’s a whole new blog for another day, but if you can accept this for a moment, think about what’s next……

What happens when we add clay, wetting agents, fertilizers, ‘good soils’, compost, mulch etc etc. to the garden?  Well, it actually creates a problem for the health of our WA native plants and their incredibly complex, and symbiotic relationships with the sand.

The roots of our West Australian plants know what to exude into the sand in order to activate the bacteria and fungi they require to thrive.  The simplest way I can put it into words is that if you plant the best West Australian plants into our sand, give them sufficient water and protection in the early days, they will produce a beautiful outcome.

They don’t need anything more than this.

If you add ‘stuff’, they simply get confused.  Then, if they survive all this ‘stuff’, most West Australian plants will grow too quickly and won’t get through the first seasonal cycle because their roots aren’t established properly.

How do I know this to be true?

The business of WA Native Gardens draws on three generations of working with West Australian plants in all sorts of ways.  Our founders, myself included, have advised local governments, worked as key advisors to large scale land developers, consulted to the nursery industry, supported wildflower and related community groups, and worked directly with hundreds of home gardeners.

Since the 1970’s we have been collectively responsible for the installation of more than 1 million local West Australian natives in various gardens, landscapes and public open spaces.  All of them in Perth sands or in the south west of Western Australia.

about us

VISION

We support the wellbeing of West Australians through building their understanding of and connection to our WA native flora and fauna. We believe a personal connection to the natural environment in which we live is important in the mental health of each of us.

MISSION the Urban Wildflower Corridor

Through working with home gardeners, WA Native Gardens aim to establish a series of interconnected WA native wildflower and wildlife corridors throughout Western Australia. We call this the ‘Urban Wildflower Corridor’, and our mission is to sponsor, facilitate and support the WA community in the corridor’s ongoing success.

 

Contact

To start a conversation or stay up to date with the latest workshops, seasonal offers and WA native gardening tips, send us an email.