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(3/5/2018) Be inspired at Freo's Verge Garden Open Day

Fremantle green thumbs seeking inspiration on how to turn their verge into a garden oasis should get along to the City of Fremantle’s Verge Garden Open Day this Saturday.

Gardening experts will be on hand to provide tips and information on how to prepare your verge, which plants are most suitable, the best planting techniques and the ideal ways to maintain your verge garden after planting.

There will be planting demonstrations and plant giveaways throughout the day.

A food truck and coffee van will also be available and Captain Cleanup will also make a guest appearance for the young ones.

Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt said there were many reasons why people should consider planting a verge garden.

“Verge gardens not only look great, but they also use less water, help reduce the urban heat island effect and provide a home for native wildlife, plus they’re a great way to show pride in our community and make us all feel good about where we live,” Mayor Pettitt said.

“Encouraging more verge gardens is a key element of the City’s One Planet strategy, and our Greening Fremantle: Strategy 2020 has targets to develop linkages to help native animals move between the city’s green spaces, so verge gardens help with that as well.”

The City of Fremantle offers and range of incentives and assistance for residents to establish a verge garden.

A new information booklet with advice and guidelines on landscaping and planting will be available at the open day and is also available online.

During the month of May Fremantle residents can download a voucher to purchase up to 40 native plants from APACE nursery at the subsidized cost of just $1.50 per plant.

The City also offers a Verge Preparation Assistance Scheme to Seniors Card and Health Care Card holders, which helps with the removal of soil, grass and vegetation on the verge and delivers free mulch.   

Find out more about our verge garden program on the Trees and Verges page on our website.

The Verge Garden Open Day is on this Saturday, 5 May, at the City of Fremantle Recycling Centre on Knutsford Street from 9am - 12 noon.