What is Gardens for Wildlife?

The Nillumbik Gardens for Wildlife is a partnership between Council and community members to engage residents in creating habitat gardens for local wildlife.

The program offers a garden visit to local residents from two of our trained volunteer garden guides. They will provide encouragement and guidance on how to provide habitat for wildlife through gardening on private property.


How does it work?

  • The program is designed by the local community in partnership with Council to meet local needs.
  • Joining the program is free and is based on a garden visit by trained guides.
  • The garden visit is non-judgemental but provides insights/support to assist the resident to increase habitat and food sources for wildlife.
  • Participants are provided with information on wildlife gardening, and access to the larger network overseen by Gardens for Wildlife Victoria.
  • The program will begin roll out in early 2020 with 40 garden visits planned for the year.
  • Interested residents will be able to register their gardens for a visit by two trained garden guides.


Thanks for helping us choose a logo

The votes have been tallied and the winner is .... the Brush-tailed Phascogale.

Keep an eye out for the professionally designed logo early next year.


Brush-tailed Phascogales are nocturnal marsupials with distinctive black bushy tails and large eyes for seeing in the dark. They are found in dry open forests of north-east Melbourne including Nillumbik Shire but their numbers are declining. Brush-tailed Phascogales feed on insects and spiders and require tree hollows to hide from predators and raise their young. They are listed as threatened in Victoria under the Flora and Fauna Guarantee Act 1988.