Sustainable Gardening

Sustainable-gardening_planting-a-pallet.jpgWith a little planning, it’s easy to create a beautiful garden that suits our local climate and has a low impact on our natural environment.

  • Designing a sustainable garden
  • Green roofs, walls and facades
  • Growing a home produce garden
  • Community gardening
  • Keeping chickens in Stonnington

Sustainable gardening in Stonnington

Flower with Lady Bug Sustainable gardening can contribute to increasing habitat value and reduce our carbon footprint. Gardening can have a positive benefit to the health of our environment when we;

  • Increase biodiversity  by using local plants to provide food and shelter for native mammals, birds and insects
  • Conserve water in the garden to help maintain water levels in our reservoirs
  • Reduce chemical use in the garden and reduce chemicals in our creeks and streams
  • Compost household and garden waste and reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and therefore reduce the amount of greenhouse gas produced

sticky everlasting flower It is easy to create beautiful gardens that suit our local climate and have a low impact on our natural environment. Check out the Sustainable Gardening in Stonnington booklet for information and inspiration to create your own sustainable garden in the City of Stonnington.


Designing a sustainable garden

To design a sustainable garden, you need to work out how to create a space you feel comfortable with, enjoy and that suits your local soil and climate.

Garden design tips

  1. Find a style that you like which also suits your garden so the paving, pots, water features and plants match.
  2. Do a site analysis and work out what you can do in your garden. Focus on soil quality, sun, shade, privacy and fire risk potential.
  3. List what you need (shed, washing line, kids’ swings, entertainment area) and what you want (vegie garden, shade area, pond, fruit tree/s).
  4. Develop a scaled plan or mark out in the garden what will go where. Consider locations that are practical and also look good.
  5. If your block is on a slope, consider building a retaining wall or contouring your garden to prevent water and mulch runoff.
  6. Make garden beds bigger and lawns smaller.

Sustainable-gardening_green-roof-and-wall.jpgGreen roofs, walls and facades

The Growing Green Guide: A guide to green roofs, walls and facades in Melbourne and Victoria provides information on how to create quality green roofs, walls and facades. It has been written for professionals who may be involved in the design, construction and maintenance of green roofs, walls and/or facades. It is also relevant to developers, home owners, and local and state governments. The guide is targeted at projects based in Melbourne and other parts of Victoria, but is also relevant for a wider geographic area.

Growing a home produce garden

Home produce gardening has many benefits including:

  • increased physical and mental well being
  • improved diet and nutritional outcomes
  • a greater connection with the local community through a common activity and purpose
  • support for, and from, local businesses
  • cost savings in a time of rising food prices.

Stonnington’s Home Harvest Guide provides tips and advice for planning, planting and maintaining your own home produce garden.

Keeping chickens in Stonnington

In Stonnington, residents are required to obtain a Poultry Permit to keep chickens, to ensure chickens are kept in a safe and human manner and everyone, including the neighbours, are happy with the situation.

The permit is free and requires inspection of your property and coop.  You can apply for a Permit through our eservices or contact our Animal Management Unit on 8290 1333 or email.

If you’d like to know more about keeping chickens download our fact sheet Keeping-of-Poultry-Fact-Sheet.doc(DOC, 37KB).

Community Gardening

An increasing number of our residents are feeling inspired to grow their own food at home, however, not all residents are able to do this. Through our Sustainable Environment Strategy, we’re committed to improving community access to locally grown produce. 

Armadale Baptist Church Community Garden


Stonnington’s first community garden is located at Armadale Baptist Church at 88 Kooyong Road, Armadale.

The garden is a space for all residents to come together and to participate in sustainable gardening and local food growing.

There are many different ways to be involved in the garden; there are various levels of membership as well as plans for exciting events, group activities and workshops.

The garden also provides an opportunity for residents to recycle their food waste. Bring your food and garden scraps to the community garden anytime and help create valuable fertiliser and soil for the community garden.

The compost bins are located at the entrance to the garden at 88 Kooyong Rd, Armadale.

For more information on the Armadale Baptist Church Community Garden, follow them on Facebook or contact the committee at   


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