Julie had a small 6m2 balcony on the sixth floor of a retirement living complex in Carlton. Julie’s balcony was on the north east corner of the building and the balcony has many challenges, including wind.

Julie applied for a Gardens for Wildlife visit, seeking advice on wind-tolerant and hopefully edible garden plants that will encourage wildlife - particularly bees!’

Our volunteer Garden Guides completed a virtual garden visit for Julie in 2020, providing advice and recommendations via Zoom.

Following the visit, Julie was provided with a garden report, detailing advice and recommendations for:

  • the use of wicking beds to provide more gardening space, anchorage and reduce watering;
  • pot suitable indigenous plants with a variety of colours and textures, that will withstand the windy conditions;
  • climbing options to increase plant volume and;
  • edible plants that are easy to propagate and share.

Julie has moved away from Melbourne since receiving her visit but reported that the experience was great and refreshed her love or gardening!

If you have a balcony garden, like Julie, apply to have a visit from one of our volunteer garden guides and they can provide you with tips to be innovative and creative, with indigenous plants, particularly where space is limited.

Gardens for Wildlife

Gardens for Wildlife supports the community to provide an area of habitat in the garden for local wildlife.