One-day-only event showcases sustainable gardening in action

17 October 2022

Four inspiring household gardens across Ipswich are set to open their gates to visitors as part of 2022 Sustainable Ipswich celebrations.

Environment and Sustainability Committee Chairperson Councillor Russell Milligan said people were encouraged register for the Sustainable Open Garden Trail on Sunday 23 October for ideas about using versatile native species and creating wildlife habitat in an urban environment.

“Your backyard is important in creating a more liveable and sustainable city. This event is full of ideas for using versatile native species and creating wildlife habitat in an urban environment.” Cr Milligan said.

“When you see what can be have achieved in a short time it can provide all the motivation you need to launch into your own project.

“There are many benefits to using native plants in your garden. They need minimal maintenance, and are more resilient to our climate, provide food and habitat to native animals, and can suit many garden styles.”

Councillor Milligan said the properties were part of council’s Habitat Gardens program and funded through the Enviroplan initiative.

“This free program is designed to support people with urban backyards to make a positive contribution to Ipswich’s natural environment,” Cr Milligan said.

“For a five-year commitment, you can have access to workshops, resources, free native plants and more.”

Habitat Gardens member Sandra Preston-Hatcher has one of the gardens that will be showcased during the Sustainable Open Garden Trail.

Ms Preston-Hatcher started with the program in October 2020 when her yard was just a lawn with a hills hoist.

“Now it is very different, with lots of habitat for lizards, small birds, frogs and insects. I have also spent a lot of time on soil improvement and water retention and getting more shade,” Ms Preston-Hatcher said.

"I have installed wicking beds for an edible garden and other sustainable garden improvements.

“Habitat Gardens has supported my projects with incentives such as free native plants, workshops and a network of like-minded people.”

Find the Sustainable Ipswich program and register for events at