Bee, Butterfly and Bird Garden
The Waite Arboretum not only hosts a 5-star Bee Hotel, but now it offers further accommodation: a BB & B! A new habitat garden that provides our native bees, butterflies, birds and multiple other creatures that inhabit the arboretum grounds, a beautiful place with flowers and plants, for food and shelter all-year-round.
The main goal of this project is to enhance the biodiversity in the Waite Arboretum. The first habitat garden has been established as a model to learn from and replicate it, in the future, in different arboretum areas.
The BB & B garden was established in the Mallee section of the arboretum which already provides a canopy layer for our visitors. The site has a combination of sunny and shaded areas and is close to the watercourse. To develop a lower layer of vegetation, a selection of small shrubs, herbaceous grasses and groundcovers flowering at different times of the year were considered. Local species that naturally occur in the Mt. Lofty area with similar soil conditions and rainfall requirements were handpicked for the project.
The habitat garden is an organic corridor that covers 300 m2 and hosts 370 plants form 29 species. It remains unmulched, as certain insects and especially some native bees and wasps rely on bare ground to dig their homes or just go foraging. The site receives a daily dose of leaves from the trees in the vicinity that allows little creatures to find shelter too.
With a small team of volunteers and university students, the BB & B is maintained free of weeds and the plants watered (until establishment).
This is a great project to imitate and provide home to the creatures that visit your garden! By offering the right selection of plants, as well as water and refuge you will be protecting our biodiversity in a very meaningful way.
Share this initiative with your family and friends so more green corridors around the city will be available for our birds, butterflies, bees, reptiles, frogs, possums, ants, beetles, etc.
Check our list of plants for some inspiration! BBB Plant List