Community gardens

There are over 30 productive community gardens across Port Phillip.

They range from street gardens to raised planter boxes in parks and reserves, and licenced community gardens managed by incorporated gardening groups. 

Earthcare - St Kilda

Earthcare works closely with us to improve the local environment. One of their main aims is to preserve and increase indigenous vegetation areas across Port Phillip. Earthcare also hosts many community activities throughout Port Phillip each year.

For further information on indigenous vegetation areas and other information on Earthcare, visit Earthcare St Kilda.

Join Earthcare

By becoming a member of Earthcare, you have an opportunity to be part of a truly local, grass roots organisation and study local ecologies, with or without formal qualifications, while giving something to our community.

Membership includes quarterly newsletters, participation in meetings, admission to talks by guest speakers, access to specialist project groups, participation in local plantings and insurance during activity days.

Membership Costs

Individuals: $20
Families: $30
Students or concession card holders: $10

Earthcare Meetings

Meetings are held at the EcoCentre, corner of Blessington Street and Herbert Street, St Kilda at 7.30 pm on the last Monday of every month. All members are welcome to attend meetings.

Planting and Working Bee Days

Earthcare planting days are held during the winter months. All members are welcome to attend.

For confirmation of the above activities please visit the Earthcare St Kilda website.

Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens

Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens is a community focused group, whose aim is to support and volunteer in these gardens. There is close co-operation between the Friends and the Port Phillip EcoCentre in the maintenance of the St Kilda Botanical Gardens.

Read the St Kilda Botanical Gardens Brochure (PDF 1.1 MB) or visit the St Kilda Botanical Gardens page for more information.

Join Friends of St Kilda Botanical Gardens

The Friends have members-only events and public gatherings. Membership includes regular newsletters, updates on upcoming events and invitations to take part in members-only activities. Membership fees aid the well-being and development of the gardens, as well as the community around them. Through plant sales and other community events, the Friends group raises funds to purchase plants stock and equipment for the gardens.

Membership costs

Full: $20
Concession: $12

Westgate Biodiversity: Bili Nursery and Landcare

Westgate Biodiversity is a non-profit organisation, providing local native plants and bush foods to Council, residents, landscapers and community groups in the Port Phillip area.


Residents can volunteer their time to learn about plant propagation and help the environment. Courses are available on issues such as bush foods and plants for the home garden.

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10 am to 4 pm.
Saturday 10 am to 3 pm.

Location and contact

Nursery staff are on hand to offer expert advice and assist with all enquiries.

Online: Westgate Biodiversity
Phone: 03 9645 2477
Address: 525 Williamstown Rd, Port Melbourne, 3207

Friends of Westgate Park

Friends of Westgate Park is responsible for the revegetation of Westgate Park; the 40 hectare park under the Westgate Bridge in Port Melbourne.

We are reintroducing the indigenous plant species that would have been found in the area before European settlement.


There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer, 'get your hands dirty' and join an enthusiastic group of people. Our work days are Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8.30 am until 3.30 pm and the third Sunday of each month from 9 am until 4 pm.

If you wish to join the Friends group, visit Westgate Biodiversity.

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