Phillip Island,

Sustainable Gardens For Future Homes


Bass Coast Shire Council and the Bass Coast Landcare Network would like to invite you to particpate in the new ‘Future Homes Program’ of free workshops and tours.

This program of 10 workshops to be held across the Shire in 2014 is designed to inform and inspire you to implement sustainable actions at home. This can save you money and increase the resillience of your home against impacts of climate change.

The second session to be held on Saturday, 10 May from 10.00am to 3.00pm will be ‘Growing a Sustainable Garden’, starting at the Phillip Island Community Orchard at the corner of Hoad and Hallway Drive, Wimbledon Heights, Phillip Island.

This day includes a presentation from Rick Coleman of the Southern Cross Permaculture Institute. Rick will speak about how to create a food forest and permaculture principles for sustainable gardens.

Participants will then learn how to create a no-dig garden in a ‘get your hands dirty’ workshop, working together to layer up a new garden bed and find out first hand how it is done.

Lunch will be provided before a self drive tour to two Phillip Island gardens, one that shows a well established no dig garden and the other one a beautiful example of a garden adopting many sustainable features including waterwise gardening principles.

Bookings are essential for this day and can be made with Council’s Environment Officer, Diana Whittington on 1300 BCOAST (226 278).

All workshops in this program will include expert speakers, products, techniques and tours of sustainable sites to show real world examples of exceptional homes, gardens, farms and communities.  Information provided will help you to save money by using energy and water efficiently, reduce waste and live sustainably.

Remaining workshops in the series include:

  • What Goes Around Comes Around – Composting, recycling and creatively avoiding landfill
  • Shop Smarter And Swap ‘Til You Drop! – How to reduce, remake, reuse and recycle
  • Improving Your Home Energy Efficiency – Saving money and staying warm in winter
  • The Latest In Renewable Energy Technology For Your Home
  • Future Homes Tour For Sustainable Homes Day
  • Weathering It Together – Handling climate extremes
  • Water Week – Work out your ability to capture, redirect and re-use water at your home
  • Water Wise Homes And Gardens Tour

Dates are yet to be set for these, so to register your interest and stay informed of dates and locations of workshops in the program, please contact Ms Whittington on the number above. More information on the program can also be found at Council’s website at