Shire demonstrates waterwise firewise garden

Shire of Mundaring has created a native plant demonstration garden near the gazebo at the western end of Sculpture Park.

Local landscape architect Sue McDougall developed the design with input from the Shire's environmental and bushfire safety staff, and members of the Eastern Hills Branch of the Wildflower Society of WA.

Initial work on the site began with the removal of eastern states eucalypts and the logs have been reused on site as edging for garden beds, log seats and timber sculptures.

The attractively designed garden showcases waterwise native plants and incorporates firewise elements, including gravel paths and smaller plants that do not drop flammable material, making them more suitable for bushfire prone areas.

Co-ordinator Environment & Sustainability Briony Moran said "In addition to saving precious water resources, waterwise gardens that use local native plants can provide ecological benefits, such as habitat for local birds and wildlife."

Featuring the chainsaw skills of Matt Bonsack, the Shire's Supervisor Tree Management, the garden is definitely worth visiting over the coming months. 

"A waterwise gardening talk is planned for the last weekend in October where Sue McDougall will explain the design principles and planting choices for the garden" Ms Moran said.

For more information or to register for the waterwise garden talk, please call Shire of Mundaring on 9290 6666 and ask to speak to our Environment Team.

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