Creative with Natives 

Now more than ever, Australians are focussing on what we have at home in our beautiful country. At OGV we thought it was the perfect time to celebrate the creative way that Australian native plants are being used in our home gardens, so in this month's competition we are looking for the most inspiring and creative use of native plants in Victoria.

It’s the perfect time for photos as August is also the beginning of the peak flowering time for many native trees and plants – the hakeas, wattles and native orchids are bursting forth making this a vibrant time – when so many exotic plants are sleeping.

How to enter

For the month of August, we’re asking you to send in pictures of how you’ve been 'Creative with Natives’ in your garden. Perhaps you’ve created a bird and wildlife attracting area or maybe you’ve pruned or manipulated native plants in an interesting way such as coppice, espalier or topiary? Do you have a potted collection or a creative combination of native and exotic plants?

There are so many under-utilised native plants, so we’d love you to surprise and inspire us with plants we might not be familiar with! Just make sure there is more than one native plant species featured in the space.

Send us a high resolution photo (min 500KB) via email to rather than social media. Include a quick note describing what type of space it is, how you’ve used native plants creatively, the names of the plants, and where in Victoria it is.

The competition is open to all home gardeners who live in Victoria. Professional gardeners are welcome to send in images for inspirational purposes, and for us to post on social media, but these will not be included in the judging. The judge will be author, artist and designer Kate Herd, with the winner receiving her inspiring book Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants, signed and kindly donated by Kate.

Entries close at 5pm on Monday 31 August 2020 … so don’t be shy, we can’t wait to see your Australian native creations and combinations!

Main image: Meandering path, Illyarrie, Balnarring Beach 

Cameo images:
Top left and top right - Kate Herd's View Street garden, Alphington
Middle left: Shirley Carn's garden, Monbulk
Middle right - Warooka, Montrose
Bottom left - Shirley Carn's garden, Monbulk
Bottom right - Yallaroo, Narre Warren South

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