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Frontyard – Fixed!

09 November, 2017

Creating a beautiful, sustainable garden from scratch in just three hours may seem ambitious but that’s exactly what Chris Ferreira and his team from The Forever Project did at a new home in Busselton recently. With 40 keen gardening onlookers, the garden evolved from a patch of bare land to an attractive low water and nutrient garden complete with wildlife habitat and creative landscaping.

The Frontyard Fix workshop, hosted by GeoCatch, gave participants the opportunity to watch a specialist sustainable landscaping team create an amazing garden in front of their eyes.

Whilst watching the action, presenter Chris Ferreira from The Forever Project explained how sustainability principles to reduce fertiliser and water use were incorporated into the design of the garden.

The property in West Busselton was chosen as the winning entry of GeoCatch’s Win a Bay OK Garden competition. Owners Nerissa and Alex Johnson were thrilled with the resulting front garden. “Just wanted to thank you again for the amazing garden installation yesterday. You honestly do not know how blessed we feel that this experience has happened to us and we are so very grateful for all that was done! It was such an amazing turn out and the event was well set up, you could see that people were enjoying themselves. Chris and his team at the forever project were so full of amazing information,” enthused Nerissa Johnson.

This garden is being promoted as a demonstration sustainable garden by GeoCatch to showcase how to achieve a water wise and fertiliser wise garden that helps to protect local waterways and Geographe Bay. If you are planning a garden project, it is certainly worth taking a look at.

GeoCatch also launched a New Garden Guide at the Frontyard Fix event. This guide has been written specifically for those who are planning to create a new sustainable garden from scratch. It is a companion booklet to the existing Bay OK Garden Guide, both of which are available to download from the GeoCatch website and from GeoCatch’s office in Busselton. The guides provide practical, catchment appropriate advice on how to garden sustainably.

Join us for GeoCatch’s next Bay OK gardening workshop at the Busselton Community Garden Festival on 11th November, where you will learn how convert your front verge into a waterwise, nutrient wise, and beautiful ‘verge of greatness’. Visit the GeoCatch website events page for more information and to register.

The Frontyard Fix workshop and Bay OK New Garden Guide are part of the Revitalising Geographe Waterways and GeoCatch’s Bay OK programs that aim to work with gardeners to reduce nutrient runoff from urban areas.

Ned shared his landscaping tips with workshop participants

Alex and Nerissa Johnson with Chris Ferreira and his landscaping team in their new front garden

The sustainable Bay OK garden at 5 Rangatira Crescent in West Busselton