Our gardens have been carefully planned to feature plants native to the local region.
The gardens at Willinga Park have been developed on remnant degraded grazing country. The gardens were created in 2010 comprising of 5ha site with possible future extension. The gardens will be extended to encompass the native woodlands (3ha) to the west over the next few years with only endemic plantings and can be seen at the back of the gardens.
There have been in excess of 11,000 trees, shrubs and plants incorporated into the property. The plantings in the gardens are mainly Australian natives, some endemic to our area and have an established micro-climate.
The water system comprises pools and a huge reservoir to catch nutrients and recirculate into the garden. The pools and pathway have been designed to slow up run off and recharge water aquifers. There is an exploding population of Green and Golden Bell frogs in what is an ideal environment for their development as well as other fauna.
Though once one of the most common frogs in south-east Australia, the Green and Golden Bell frog has endured major population declines, particularly in highland areas, leading to its current classification as globally vulnerable. However lucky for us, this stunning frog has decided to call Willinga Park home. The frog hadn’t been sited on the grounds since February 2011, however early in 2017 there was an explosion in the population with well over 50 sightings and counting.
This garden will have a long journey to completion, this is only the beginning. We hope to expand the collection and in the future, have it open for the community to enjoy offering a diversity of plant life and passive recreation.