Gardens for wildlife

Our Gardens for Wildlife volunteers can help your garden become a wildlife habitat.

Gardens for Wildlife is a partnership between Council, Darebin Nature Trust and community members to increase appreciation for biodiversity and create habitat gardens for local wildlife.

How does the program work?

The free program offers a garden visit to local residents from trained volunteer garden guides. The guides provide advice, encouragement and guidance on how to provide habitat for wildlife through gardening on private property. Whether you have a big backyard, a small courtyard, a community garden or pot plants on your balcony, everyone can help promote urban biodiversity.

Volunteer Garden Guides

Garden Guides are Darebin volunteers who are passionate about the conservation of our indigenous plants and animals. Volunteers will be trained by Gardens for Wildlife Victoria staff to assess and provide feedback on creating habitat in different spaces.

Having your garden assessed

Darebin residents will need to register to have their garden assessed. Once you have registered, Gardens for Wildlife garden guides will visit your property at an allocated time to provide advice and suggestions on how you can increase habitat and food resources to make your garden more wildlife-friendly.

You will receive a written report, based on the information discussed during the garden guides' visit. This will help you get started by providing suggestions to enhance habitat and plant recommendations to increase your garden’s biodiversity. You will also receive a voucher to spend at a local indigenous nursery, a wildlife gardening booklet, and a letterbox sticker featuring the Eastern Spinebill to help promote the program to your neighbours and access to the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria network.

Download the Darebin Gardens for Wildlife booklet.

Adding indigenous plants to your garden is a great way to increase biodiversity and support our local bushland vegetation. They also attract native birds and insects to your garden.

Our Garden Guides have prepared a detailed list of Plants for Wildlife that you can download and use as a guide for planting your habitat garden.

How to get involved

Garden assessment

If you would like to have your garden assessed – please complete the household expression of interest form.

We will be in contact about the program and upcoming habitat gardening workshops. Please note that due to high demand for the program, there is a waiting list.

Volunteer Garden Guides

This volunteer opportunity is a great way to meet and connect with other people interested in conservation and local biodiversity. If you would like to be a volunteer garden guide please get in contact by emailing and we will be in touch.

For more information on the program visit the Gardens for Wildlife Victoria website.

gardens for wildlife


wildlife gardening booklet