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Bay OK Gardens

A Bay OK Garden uses sustainable gardening principles to create a beautiful, healthy garden that has a positive impact on the environment. A Bay OK Garden minimises nutrient runoff, conserves water and supports local biodiversity.

Assess your own garden using the Bay OK Garden Assessment tool. 

New Garden Guide! Built a new home?

If you have just built a new home, this guide has been written specifically for those who are planning to create a new garden from scratch. It is a companion booklet to the existing Garden Guide (see below).The Guides provide useful, catchment appropriate advice on how to successfully garden in this area. Download New garden Guide HERE Hardcopies are available from GeoCatch’s office on Duchess Street, Busselton.

Frontyard Fix

Our recent Frontyard Fix event – a sustainable gardening workshop was an amazing success. Winners of the front garden make-over were absolutely stoked with their new waterwise, fertilser wise garden. Read more and see the photos/video footage HERE.

Waterwise Verge Workshop on 11th November 2017 at Busselton Community Garden Festival

Registrations for this interactive Workshop are now open!

If you’re looking to convert your front verge into a waterwise, nutrient wise, and beautiful ‘verge of greatness’, get on down to the next Bay Ok Garden Workshop at the Busselton Community Garden Festival on 11 November. Visit the GeoCatch website events page for more information and to register.

Bay OK Demonstration Gardens

GeoCatch is creating Bay OK Demonstration Gardens in the catchment to inspire residents to make their gardens more waterway friendly. One garden is located at the Busselton Youth and Community Centre, and there are new demonstration gardens coming soon to the Naturaliste Community Centre in Dunsborough and the Public Open Space area at Newport Geographe.















For tips on how to make your garden a BAY OK Garden, explore the image below and click for more information.


By following the Bay OK Garden principles detailed in the Bay OK Garden Guide, you can help to protect our rivers, wetlands and the Geographe Bay marine environment.

The three Bay OK Garden Principles are:

Minimise Nutrient Runoff

Nurture your soil

Effective & responsible fertiliser use

The garden guide shows you the best environmental approach to improving your soil and managing your nutrient outputs.

Conserve Water

Water efficient practices

There are practical and simple initiatives in this guide to improve water efficiency in your garden to avoid overwatering and leaching of nutrients into waterways.

Support Local Biodiversity

Incorporate local native plant species

Encourage biodiversity

Attract beneficial insects

The guide suggests many simple features and approaches that can be incorporated into your garden to help support local biodiversity.