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Wollongong City Council

Advice and Assistance

Everyone has a role to play in creating a healthy environment and future, but you don't have to do it alone. We're here to help by encouraging you to grow a verge gardengreen your home and by providing free trees.

Here are some other local services and links to help you along the way.

Greenplan Nursery

Wollongong Botanic Garden’s Greenplan Nursery holds regular sales of local Illawarra and Australian native plants at subsidised prices. On sale days, staff can provide specialist advice on the best plants for your space.

Workshops, resources and events

Council provides a range of resources, workshops and events about gardening and living more sustainably. Check out our sustainable living resources, or find out what's on Council's event calendar or at the Wollongong Botanic Garden's event calendar.

Grow Local Guides

We’ve created Grow Local Guides to help you choose plants that suit our region. You’ll even find real-life examples and tips on building and maintaining a successful garden.

You can also pick up free printed copies from the Wollongong Botanic Garden Administration Office or Greenplan Nursery.

Growing Illawarra Natives

Find great information on many local Illawarra native plants on this excellent community resource.

Growing Illawarra Natives includes a useful plant finder, blog and online community.

Free plants for schools and community groups

Every financial year, eligible schools and community centres in Wollongong can request plants to be donated from the Botanic Garden’s Greenplan


Individuals, community groups or corporates can learn new skills, meet new people and help our environment by volunteering with a local group like Bushcare, Dunecare, Friends of Wollongong Botanic Garden, a community garden, Landcare or other environmental group.