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Learning garden design from the comfort of home

29 June, 2020

GeoCatch’s Bay OK Garden Design webinar proved popular with local gardeners interested in planning new gardens and garden renewal projects. Over 65 people tuned in to celebrity garden designer Lisa Passmore’s lively and inspiring session on Bay OK design principles for low nutrient and waterwise gardens.

With the community quickly adapting to digital forms of information under COVID-19 restrictions, GeoCatch was keen to deliver this workshop online.

“Face to face events are still preferred by many in the community, however we were able to engage some of our less ‘tech-savvy’ members with a simple webinar format,” said GeoCatch Bay OK Officer Lisa Massey.

“Whilst we missed catching up for a social chat about gardening, we now have a resource that can be accessed by anyone who didn’t participate in the webinar.”

Participants were shown how to prepare a detailed plan incorporating different garden design factors. This included considering the landscape outside the property boundary to enhance garden design.

Dunsborough’s Natalie Bell says she now plans to incorporate clay and nutrients to counteract the sandy soil on her new block and reduce lawn areas.

“The webinar encouraged me to consider better placement of plants in relation to aesthetics, colour, spread, placement and water needs,” she said.

The online format proved a good way to deliver Bay OK gardening messaging to a wider demographic across the region, therefore GeoCatch is exploring further ways to record workshops and post online for open access. The Garden Design webinar is available on the GeoCatch YouTube channel and Facebook videos.

GeoCatch’s Bay OK Gardens project supports urban residents to improve water quality in local waterways and Geographe Bay by adopting Bay OK principles in their garden.

This project is supported by the South West Catchments Council, through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.