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1. Bay Friendly Demonstration Verge Garden

Busselton Youth and Community Centre

ADDRESS: 47 Bussell Highway, Busselton WA 6280

FEATURES: Low nutrient & water efficient verge landscaping

This garden was designed by Josh Byrne, exhibiting some of the key low nutrient and water efficient landscape approaches that can be used in your own garden. It incorporates vegetated swales to capture stormwater, increase groundwater recharge and reduce water and nutrient run off into waterways. Planted native sedges and rushes strip nutrients from collected water.

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2. Bay Friendly Demonstration Landscaping

Naturaliste Community Centre

ADDRESS: 21 Dunsborough Lakes Drive, Dunsborough WA 6281

FEATURES: Low nutrient & water efficient garden with reduced grass areas

Designed and installed by Total Horticultural Services, this sustainable landscaping replaced lawn turf that required regular watering and top ups of fertiliser to keep it healthy and attractive, this new native garden will require a lot less water, and minimal fertiliser and weeding to keep it looking great into the future. The design incorporates a vegetated verge, a coastal garden with blue palette, a bold colour wildflower garden and a more subtle area of pink and purples.

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3. Bay Friendly Demonstration Verge Garden

Department of Water & Environmental Regulation and GeoCatch office

ADDRESS: 72 Duchess Street, Busselton WA 6280

FEATURES: Water conserving native garden

Created in 2012, the unused lawn verge was transformed into a vibrant low nutrient, water wise garden providing habitat for the birds and insects of the Busselton CBD. It features native plant species that are suited to sandy soils and the local climate.

Plant species list

4. Waterways Friendly Demonstration Garden

Water Corporation Vasse Diversion, West Busselton

ADDRESS: 162 Bussell Highway, Busselton WA 6280

FEATURES: Unirrigated low nutrient and waterwise garden on a flat site

Designed and installed by Total Horticultural Services, this Bay OK garden complements the new car parking and picnic area developed on a previously unattractive site next to the revitalised Vasse Diversion.

Once established, this attractive native garden will not require watering or fertiliser applications to look great in the long term. The site is flat so the garden design features a series of plant species groupings, ordered so that the mature garden will be a wave of heights and colour through to the rear.

Plant species list

5. Estuary Friendly Demonstration Landscaping

Public Open Space, Newport Geographe

ADDRESS: Layman Road, Geographe WA 6280

FEATURES: Low nutrient & water efficient garden with reduced grass areas

For this Public Open Space area, developer Aigle Royal has chosen to install sustainable landscaping that is sensitive to the natural values of the Vasse Estuary it overlooks. This landscaping features a reduced lawn turf area and native gardens that require a lot less water and minimal fertiliser to achieve a long term attractive healthy appearance. There is a dedicated area of Bay OK Garden within this landscaping exhibiting local native plant species that thrive in sandy, salty, exposed coastal conditions.

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6. Waterways Friendly Demonstration Garden

Water Corporation pump station, Dunsborough Lakes

ADDRESS: Clubhouse drive, Dunsborough WA 6281

FEATURES: Low nutrient & water efficient garden with reduced grass areas

Features groundcovers as an alternative to lawn and native plants that require less water and minimal fertiliser to look great in the long term, this garden has a modern aesthetic with an informal planting scheme. Jarrah posts and granite boulders combine to reinforce the natural appearance of this garden. This garden design is provided as a downloadable PDF from this website. A suggested plant list allows you to tailor the planting to match your desired garden style and colour palette.

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