Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for wildlife is a network of community members/groups and Council officers across the State that share the common goal of protecting and promoting our native flora and fauna.

The Gardens for Wildlife is a free program will assist you to create wildlife-friendly habitat in your garden by providing you with simple, practical advice for an environmentally sustainable garden. The program is provided by Frankston City Council supported by our wonderful Garden Guide volunteers. 

Update September 2021 – New Gardens for wildlife booklet now available 

Frankston city council, in conjunction with the Gardens for Wildlife group, have created a valuable resources for anyone who wants to create a wildlife friendly garden or just learn more about the possibilities. Learn about garden design, species selection, how to identify opportunities to attract more wildlife to your garden and more. 

The aim of the Gardens for Wildlife program is to: 

  • Promote biodiversity for native flora and fauna
  • To improve the habitat connectivity through the landscape of Frankston City
  • Increase the plantings of indigenous or other suitable Australian plants in gardens; and
  • Create enjoyable and practical gardens improving on our health and wellbeing

Participants will receive: 

  • A garden habitat assessment carried out by two friendly local Garden Guides
  • A gift voucher for 20 indigenous plants from Frankston Indigenous Nursery
  • A letterbox sticker to help promote the program to your neighbours
  • Invitations to gardens for Wildlife events and information sessions across the year
  • Fee waived for Nature Strip Planting Permit

How to register your interest

Interested gardeners should register via the online link below to view available time slots:

Book Into a Date Here

There is a limited number of gardens we can visit, however we hope cater for more properties as we grow our team of Garden Guides.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer Garden Guide please email

What is a Wildlife Garden? 

A wildlife garden contains features that provide a safe haven for wildlife, with food, shelter, nesting sites and safe areas to raise young.

  • A tall mature tree, native to the area
  • A patch of natural mulch for beetles and worms
  • A clump of dense shrubs where birds can shelter
  • Nectar plants for honeyeaters
  • A cat-proof birdbath
  • A frog-friendly pond or bog with unpolluted water
  • A warm, sheltered corner for lizards
  • Local daisies for butterflies
  • There is no garden too small!

Nature Strip Plantings for Biodiversity 

Participants of the Gardens for Wildlife Program get the fee waived for a Nature Strip Planting Permit. 

Benefits of transforming your Nature strip with indigenous plants:

  • Provides habitat and a food source for native biodiversity
  • Brightens up the street, bringing your creative garden design to the neighbourhood
  • Plants reduce water run off by absorbing water back into the ground, reducing pressure on stormwater drains
  • Creates green corridors for the movement insects and birds

For more information on the requirements for the application and to apply please click here.