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John Cull has been a Gardens for Wildlife participant since 2009, is a volunteer in the Knox Environment Society's indigenous plant nursery in Ferntree Gully and has previously sat on Knox City Council's Environment Advisory Committee.

“Living so close to Monbulk Creek, I feel an obligation to provide a stepping stone for the wildlife by linking my garden to the natural environment. Gardens for Wildlife provided me with information that enabled me to make suitable changes from my original garden design to include important elements that would make my garden more attractive to wildlife. The opportunity to use plants from the Knox Environmental Society made me feel like I was helping to protect some of the local indigenous plants and to learn more about the environment.

The native grasses and other ground cover plants create a variety of textures and interest which changes throughout the seasons and I especially enjoy the flowering periods. The density of planting helps to create a screen against some of the harsher elements and using the stormwater for the rain gardens helps to create interest and opportunity for some of the local frog species.

I am fortunate enough to have the Southern Brown Tree Frog, Common Tree Frog and the Marsh Frog visit my garden. Using stormwater to create some wet spots in the garden for these local frog species was important to me. These wet spots also provide some all important moisture for some of our butterfly species and other insects which attract native small birds such as the Wren to the garden. Having a sustainable garden in terms of water usage is very important. Creating these environments without using tap water is possible. Simply placing small plastic containers buried into the ground can help create the necessary microclimate to support a range of wildlife.

Wrens, Wattle Birds and Rosellas, the occasional Heron from the nearby wetlands, butterflies and skinks also visit my garden. Keeping out the Indian Mynah is a challenge though, especially when the grapes on my vines start to ripen.”

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