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Botanical gardens

The botanical gardens are open to the public. You can access the gardens from the IndigiScapes Native Nursery, via the Myhorizon driveway on Runnymede Road, or via Lyndon Road. Please see our opening hours for more information. 

Visit our botanic gardens and get inspiration for your own backyard.

We have a number of gardens that showcase different native habitats. They might give you some handy tips on how to transform your own garden.

Our gardens are also available to hire for weddings.

Native plants butterfly garden

It is a real pleasure to watch butterflies flit from flower to flower in your garden with all their beauty and grace.

Butterflies are primarily a tropical group of insects, so with the Redland Coast’s sub-tropical climate, over 120 species of butterfly are found here.

 Some of our local butterflies are very rare, like the Richmond Birdwing and Illidge's Ant-blue Butterflies.

The butterfly garden displays local plants that are hosts during the butterfly larval (caterpillar) stage and plants that will provide adult butterflies with food. By planting a variety of flowering plants, not only will your garden look great, it will provide butterflies with an abundance of nectar.

Most butterfly larvae are specialised feeders, dependent on just one plant type or a group of related plant hosts. Shrinking bushland areas have led to the decline of many plant species and the butterflies that depend on them.

Attracting a certain type of local butterfly to your back yard is often as simple as planting their particular host plant.

Midyim Berry

Australia is a great place for bush tucker with Aboriginal Australians surviving tens of thousands of years with our native plants as a significant part of their diet.

There is something rewarding about growing native plants that have a human use. Even if we know it's pretty unlikely that we'll cook with them or use them medicinally, somehow it gives us a great feeling to know that if we really had to, we could go out and reap a bountiful harvest from the garden.

The Redlands Coast has its share of useful plants and we have gathered many in our wild herb garden.

The majority seem to come from coastal dunes or rainforest. The hillsides in between were a bit lacking but it was these habitats that historically produced an abundance of meat. Some of the best bush tucker plants are also amongst the hardiest species available and any backyard environment can be made to accommodate some edible or medicinal plants.

Visit IndigiScapes and our Native Nursery to learn and buy the perfect plants.

Formal garden native plants

This garden demonstrates that you too can achieve a formal design even when using plants that have all been propagated from bushland areas along Redlands Coast.

By placing plants in geometric patterns such as straight lines, triangles and circles and pruning shrubs into rounded topiary, square hedges and geometric shapes, you too can create a formal native garden.

A mirrored design, so that one side of the garden is exactly the same as the other side, is another way to get a formal look. 

A formal garden, even a native one, will still need more regular care than other native gardens. Most of the shrubs and trees within this garden will tolerate pruning. A regular light prune is more effective for shaping than lopping once a year. Hedging and shaping of plants needs to start from early in the life of the plant and continue frequently.

 

 

Coastal garden

Coastal plants can find a place in just about any garden. They are amongst the toughest of all plants, built to withstand full sun, little rain and salty spray.

This makes them the best plants for any garden close to the coast but also further away, given their ability to cope with hardy conditions.

Coastal plants are typically full of colour. Many have large, colourful flowers with yellow, white and pink especially prevalent.

Many have hairy or waxy coatings on the leaves and white under-surfaces that reflect heat and light. This leads to a variety of leaf shapes and colours that add diversity to the garden.

The range of ground covers here is higher than any other habitats as they have evolved to take on an important role in the stabilisation of dunes.

Many coastal trees make great windbreaks and are able to withstand storms. They are also typically fast growing, a necessity in moving sand dunes. Coastal areas have abundant bird life, especially nectar feeders, and an assortment of these species will help you attract these birds to your garden.  
 

 

Bird garden indigiscapes

The Redlands Coast boasts over 350 species of resident and visiting birds, including some threatened species such as glossy black-cockatoos, powerful owls and lewin's rails. One of the great joys of gardening is attracting birds into your yard.

Choosing a wide variety of local native plants that produce flowers, fruits and seed at various times of the year will encourage many birds to call in for a snack. This is a better alternative to feeding birds’ bread or seed, which can lead to ill health, food dependency and unnaturally large populations of specific bird species.

The modern day backyard, with uniform garden beds containing nectar-rich shrubs, and expenses of lawn, provides the perfect environment for the larger more aggressive birds such as noisy miners to dominate.

The key to attracting the less common, smaller birds is to provide them with a safe sheltered place to go about their daily rituals. This can be done by planting an assortment of shrubs and groundcovers fairly densely, creating a layered garden with plenty of places to hide.

For larger yards, the huge canopy of Eucalypts with hollows, dead and alive, are also invaluable for providing homes for hollow nesting birds such as parrots.

Bird baths are guaranteed to entice the local birds into your backyard too. If you place a shallow dish of water up off the ground, near shrubs for perching, the birds will soon come to enjoy a regular drink and bath.You will be amazed by what birds you will find in your garden once you’ve taken these few simple steps to make it 'bird friendly'.

 

 

Small remnant patches of rainforest remain in Mount Cotton and Sheldon along the coastline and on the Bay Islands. Prior to European settlement there would have been a lot more rainforest, particularly in Wellington Point, Ormiston, Cleveland and Redland Bay.

Rainforests are the most diverse ecosystems on earth and occur in areas of high moisture, but often poor soils. Most of the nutrients are stored in the living plants and leaf litter rather than the soil and this is cycled through rapidly by many fast-acting and effective invertebrates in the leaf litter. Most rainforest plants are tall trees that grow quickly to reach the life-giving light at the forest canopy.

Rainforest trees often have attractive shape and foliage, making them excellent garden specimens. In a more open garden they rarely reach the heights they do in the wild as they have no need to shoot straight up for the light. This leads to shorter, bushier specimens where the flowers and fruits are more visible.

The hardiness of this group varies enormously but they will generally require a good mulch layer to keep the soil cool and moist and some water during hotter months. Our rainforest garden took three years to establish and hasn't been watered since.

 

Native plants wetland garden indigiscapes<

Bursting with life and constantly changing, wetland gardens make an interesting focal point in any backyard.

Wetland gardens are not just for large properties with frog ponds and dry creek beds, they're becoming very popular in smaller gardens too. 

Our wetland garden displays plants that occur naturally in and around swamps, lakes, dams, creeks, rivers and tidal areas in the Redlands Coast. They have adapted to thrive in moist soils and those that occur in tidal areas are able to cope with a certain amount of salt.

These adaptions make them the perfect choice for waterlogged or flood prone areas of your property. The majority of wetland plants are hardy and versatile though, able to cope with long dry periods typical of our unpredictable climate. This makes them suitable for most garden situations, just needing to be watered during the hottest, dry periods.

Whether it is a natural, man-made, large or small, wetland plants are the key to creating a healthy habitat and provide homes for frogs, reptiles, dragonflies and birds. 

 

Scribbly Gum Garden

Scribbly gum forest was once found through much of the Redlands Coast from Capalaba to Wellington Point and through Birkdale and Thornlands.

It was named for the iconic scribbly gum (Eucalyptus racemosa) that has distinctive 'scribbles' on the trunk caused by moth larvae.

Scribbly gum forest is generally an open forest with an understorey of native grasses which often provides a wonderful wildflower show in spring. These forests would traditionally have burnt about every 10 years but in developed areas they are being burnt too often by unintentional fires, threatening the long-term survival of the habitat and the species that have come to rely on them.

The plants from this group are generally very hardy and well-suited to a water sensitive garden. They will cope with full or lightly filtered sun but generally dislike shade and survive well in sandy soils and light clay. After acclimatising they can survive with little to no watering.

Some species can be difficult to grow but they are well worth the effort as they attract plenty of wildlife to your garden.
 

 

Botanic gardens audio tour

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 As you make your way around our gardens you can listen to information and advice on how to incorporate native plants into your own backyard.

Speak to our reception staff to use our MP3 players.

A nature trails audio tour for children is also available.