Gardens for Wildlife

HCC Gardens for Wildlife logo Gardens for Wildlife (G4W) supports people to create homes for native wildlife in their gardens. From a few pots to a little patch of plants or the whole yard, there is a wildlife-friendly garden recipe for you to follow to provide the food, water and shelter that animals need. 

By attracting native butterflies, bees, birds, frogs and lizards to your garden, it will become even more beautiful, vibrant and interesting. You are also doing your part to help your local biodiversity.

Subscribe to Live Green eNews to stay informed about the program and register for upcoming events and workshops below.


The launch of Hume City Council's G4W program has been delayed, but to celebrate spring, Council is offering Hume residents a limited opportunity to order a free box of indigenous seedlings to plant in your gardens in 2022. Submit the Indigenous Seedling Giveaway form(PDF, 627KB) by 30 September 2021.


G4W is free to participate and open to all households, schools and businesses within the Hume City Council municipality.

A pair of friendly Garden Guides will visit with you in your garden, chatting for about an hour. They will talk with you about what wildlife you would like to attract and the things you could do in your space. Every patch of wildlife habitat is important whether it’s a few pots, part of a small courtyard, the whole garden, or even your nature-strip.

You will receive a report prepared by the Garden Guides with the information you are interested in. We are confident you will be inspired to create wildlife habitat, but there is no obligation to take any further action. You will receive some small gifts, including hard copies of the Birds of Hume(PDF, 4MB) and Fauna of Hume(PDF, 905KB) field guides. You will be amazed by the nature in your neighbourhood.

Attend webinars, workshops and events to develop your habitat garden plans and learn more about our native wildlife. Come along to a community planting to get some free indigenous seedlings or join Hume City’s Wildlife iNaturalist project as a citizen scientist by submitting photos of what is living in your neighbourhood.

Hume City Council gratefully acknowledges the assistance of Gardens for Wildlife Victoria network and the founding program Knox Gardens for Wildlife.

Hume City Council uses the online SmartyGrants system to administer our garden visits. Assistance in applying for a garden visit can be provided if required.

The first round is now open. Click the image below to apply for a garden visit.

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Download a copy of the G4W SmartyGrant Instructions(PDF, 407KB)

The round will be closed when 20 to 30 people have applied. The number of garden visits offered each round is limited, as the program relies on the availability of a small number of volunteer Garden Guides. You will be notified that your application has been received. 

A Garden Guide will contact you to arrange and confirm your garden visit as they progress through the participant list. Please be patient as this may take some time. All garden visits will be conducted before the next SmartyGrants round is opened.

Garden visits can be scheduled any day of the week, in the morning or afternoon.

Garden Guides are community volunteers who are formally screened and trained by Council. You can be comfortable about them visiting your home, school or business. 

To stay informed, sign up to Live Green news or submit your contact details using the interactive Organise a Garden Visit brochure(PDF, 860KB)

Are you interested in nature, gardening or helping other people? Are you happy to talk about the birds and bees … and butterflies, frogs and other critters? Can you do a minimum of ten garden visits per year? If so, then consider becoming a volunteer Garden Guide. 

In this volunteer role, you will:

  • Organise garden visits with participants.
  • Do some online research and save some maps to prepare for the visit.
  • Either take the lead and do most of the chatting during the one-hour visit, or help capture the visit by taking notes and photos with the participant’s permission.
  • Help prepare a report for the participant providing the information they need. Use a report template to insert photos, quotes, maps and relevant factsheets, with some of your recommendations or words of encouragement.
  • Help promote the Gardens for Wildlife program.

You don't need to be an expert on native plants and animals. You will receive training and be provided with resources. There is buddy mentoring system with experienced Garden Guides to show you how it’s done. 

Council encourages people of all backgrounds and ethnicities to become Garden Guides so that we can more effectively spread the wildlife gardening message to the culturally diverse communities that add to the City’s rich social character.

Volunteer Garden Guide application, induction and training stages will occur throughout the year. To stay informed about volunteer information and intake sessions, contact

Community education is required to create better outcomes for native wildlife on a range of issues. Inclusive messages about the simple actions and solutions to help wildlife are provided.

Community and Friends groups deserve much recognition for their dedication in caring for our open green spaces. Across the landscape, habitat patches and wildlife corridors are needed through people’s gardens and streetscapes linking our parks, nature conservation reserves and waterways.

Conserving our natural heritage also helps protect Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural heritage. It shows respect for the First People’s ongoing connection to country. Many wildlife habitat plants are valued by the local tribes that make up the Kulin Nations for the plants’ traditional uses. Planting food, fibre or medicine plants in your garden is a small yet powerful act of reconciliation. It deepens your connection to your place. 

If you have questions about the G4W program please contact Council’s Urban Biodiversity Officer on 9205 2466 or