September, 2020 - Issue 54
Welcome to Green Thymes e-newsletter!
Do we have a big spring edition for you?!
So many local events are happening. Please remember to stay COVID safe and let event organisers know if you can no longer attend an event, as there may be people on the waiting list.
In this month's edition....
  • Garden Design
  • Oaklands Wetland Nature by Night
  • A spy in the drain
  • Connect with nature and learn simple sketching tips
  • Colourful clusters to bring back butterflies
  • How to bring back butterflies to your place
  • Wildlife friendly gardens video
  • Glandore Community Garden Seedling Sale
  • Beyond the Ice - a virtual tour of Hallett Cove Conservation Park
  • Greening Marion update
  • Nature Festival
  • Grassroots Grants
  • Adelaide Film Festival comes to the 'burbs
Looking to create a beautiful, low maintenance garden?

Want practical design tips to add a splash of colour to your current garden?

Join Monina Gilbey of Green Gecko Studios to discover how to use native plants to add texture and colour to your garden this spring.

When: Wednesday 16th September, 7pm - 8pm

Where: Domain Theatre, Marion Cultural Centre
Free event, Bookings Essential, please book online
We would LOVE to see you there!


This event is supported by the City of Marion, City of Onkaparinga, City of Mitcham, City of Holdfast Bay and Green Adelaide.

Oaklands Wetland Nature by Night
A guided night walk around Oaklands Wetland discovering the plants and animals that call this place home

Bring your torch and join Green Adelaide Education Officers for a guided night walk around Oaklands Wetland, located within the City of Marion. Discover the bats, frogs and other awesome creatures that come out after dark.

Please register today to secure your place as tickets are limited.

When: Thursday 1st October, 6pm - 7:30pm

Where: Oaklands Wetland and Reserve
A spy in the drain: who lives in and around the Sturt River drainage channel

The Sturt River drainage channel was constructed in 1969 to remove storm water from the residential areas of the Adelaide Plains.
Today, this robust piece of late-60s engineering also plays a second role as a connector of areas of open space and suburban habitat spanning the foothills to the estuary.

But who uses this unofficial corridor and which plants are from the original Redgum/Greybox woodland?

Join us to learn which birds, mammals, insects and reptiles use the drain for shelter, shade and transport and find out what it means for replanting and weed removal.

Come prepared for an exciting walk and talk with an animated speaker!

When: Sunday 13th September, 12 - 1pm

Where: Oaklands Wetland

Connect with nature and learn simple sketching tips

Join one or two friendly Nature Journaling sessions to learn drawing and storytelling skills at the beautiful and peaceful Warriparinga Wetlands.

Introduction to Nature Journaling (kid friendly) - Tuesday 29th September, 9am

Bring the kids for an outdoors introduction to nature journaling at the wonderful wide-open spaces of the Warriparinga Wetlands.

More Nature Journaling: time travelling - a creative view of landscapes, Tuesday 29th September 11am

Use simple and easy sketching exercises to imaginatively explore this important place as well as looking at the local native plants being reintroduced by the Friends of Warriparinga volunteer group to bring the bush back to this land.

Cost: $5 per person
Colourful clusters to bring back butterflies

Residents and visitors to Oaklands Wetland and Reserve have witnessed a ‘hive of activity’ over winter, with volunteers establishing insect-attracting host and nectar plantings at both ends of the reserve.

“Over the past seven years our volunteers have worked with City of Marion to organise one of the largest National Tree Day events in the country,” said Samantha Kerr, from Friends of Sturt River Landcare (FoSRL).

“There is enormous enthusiasm for Tree Day @ Marion with hundreds of volunteers wanting to take part every year, but with tree day cancelled around the country this year due to Covid-19, we had to find another way. We worked closely with council to find a way to involve the community in planting, while keeping within the restrictions to keep people safe.”

FoSRL worked with council to organise a Covid-safe winter planting calendar, to cap the numbers of volunteers and observe social distancing on new planting sites. The new sites are located on the hill overlooking the wetland and behind the new nature-play area at the rear of the reserve.
FoSRL ran working bees every fortnight over winter – supervising plantings at both ends of the reserve at the same time – so that the community could continue to take part in planting on the reserve.

“Our volunteers were joined by residents and contingents of planters from local community groups such as Dover Gardens Girl Guides, Ascot Park Scouts, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community and Sathya Sai,” said Samantha.
“We also welcomed first time planters from the Ceylon Tamil Association and Shah Satnamj Green S Welfare Force Wing.

 “With council’s support we were able to continue planting the biodiversity corridor – and what we hear from residents and visitors is that these colourful clusters have already made quite an impact.

The plantings consist of colourful, low growing shrubs and grasses, planted into clusters to attract butterflies and other beneficial insects. All plants are local native species endemic to this area.

“We are receiving requests for species lists and fielding calls from residents who want to know how to replicate what we’ve done on the verge or in their front yard. A couple of new volunteers tell us they plan to rip up some front lawn and pack in the native grasses.”


  • Limit chemicals/pesticide use (butterflies start life as caterpillars)
  • Find a spot with sun from mid-morning to mid-afternoon (peak feeding time)
  • Put in host plants (sedges, native grasses) so butterflies can lay their eggs
  • Add a variety of nectar plants for year-round food (eg. local native acacias, everlasting daisies, scurf peas, goodenias, fan flowers, native sarsparilla, old man’s beard, flax lily)
  • Plant groups of species together (butterflies have an acute sense of smell, clusters will help them to easily find nectar)
  • Place the taller species around the edges (for protection from wind and predators)
  • Add a water source such as a shallow bird bath
  • Add flat stones for warmth and a resting space.

Email for species lists, fact sheets and advice on where to find local-native seedlings. Or them to help care for the reserve.
Wildlife Friendly Gardens - short video
Thinking about replanting your garden. Why not consider making it wildlife friendly?

You can help support healthy populations of our beautiful and unique native animals by providing areas for them in your yard.

Join Green Adelaide and the Hills and Fleurieu Landscape Board for the ‘Creating a wildlife friendly garden’ video premiere.

Created by Green Adelaide’s Nature Education team, the video covers the basic needs of our local native animals and how to use plant selection and design to create a mini ecosystem for them to enjoy. It explores the fascinating world of pollinators, and those unsung heroes of the wetter areas in your garden, frogs.
Plus, you’ll hear about a number of freely available resources produced by the team, which will help you design and plant a wildlife friendly garden.
Glandore Community Garden Seedling Sale

Welcome to Spring!

Our community garden has been busy propagating seedlings ready for spring, get in early for your tomato, cucumbers, tomatillo, eggplants, herbs and more.

Vegetable seedlings and decorative plants are available.

When: Saturday 12 Sept, 10am – 2pm
Beyond the Ice - a virtual tour of Hallett Cove Conservation Park
As part of National Science Week UniSA has launched a new virtual reality tour of Hallett Cove Conservation Park.

The interactive model allows you immerse yourself in the spectacular landscape and learn about Hallett Cove’s remarkable geological history.
Assisted by a virtual robot guide called “VT”, you can view the model using VR goggles or interact with the 3D model on your computer screen.
Greening Marion update

A summary of the Greening Marion trial project is currently underway. This innovative partnership between Green Adelaide and the City of Marion aimed to help better understand the different types of greening activities being delivered throughout the suburbs of Marion, Park Holme and Oaklands Park.

Over 50 different greening initiatives were identified and 40 detailed interviews were held. The study highlighted a wealth of knowledge and passion for continual improvement in urban greening. Opportunities exist particularly for improvements to retain quality green spaces in residential areas. To improve the effectiveness of future work, the trial recommends:
·        Strengthening collaborative greening networks across different organisations and land use types
·        Marketing and communicating the great work that is already being delivered
·        Ensuring regular communication between community, Council and state government.

A group of urban greening enthusiasts have already shared contact details and aim to continue to connect up. If you want to stay in touch with what’s happening, please email and and let us know.
Nature Festival - workshops, talks, walks and more!
In a time of climate change, bushfires, and global pandemics, now more than ever we need to cultivate a deeper relationship with nature as a society.

That relationship is fundamental to our personal wellbeing, core to who we are as a state, and the foundation of all of the other work that we undertake to protect and steward nature.

Plus, being in nature feels good. We know it intuitively, Aboriginal culture values it explicitly, and modern science has more recently begun to quantify the wellbeing benefits of nature.

Nature is worth celebrating - so visit the Nature Festival website to find a workshop, talk, walk or activity that takes your interest. Maybe discover something new that's close to home or take to the road and explore a different area.

When: 25 September - 4 October
Grassroots Grants for local communities
The Green Adelaide Board is funding a Grassroots Grants program to support individuals, volunteers, community groups and other bodies working on local projects that contribute to improved management of the environment.
In 2020-21, the funding for Grassroots Grants in the Green Adelaide region will total $1 million. The grants are designed to help communities sustainably manage their local landscapes.
Funding could be used to kickstart a new project or build upon an existing one for activities such as weed treatment, pest or disease management, fencing, erosion management, revegetation and community education activities.
Applications for Grassroots Grants funding in the Green Adelaide region are open now until 28 September.
Adelaide Film Festival Comes to the ‘burbs’
Register interest for free tickets for outdoor screenings of two movies as part of the Adelaide Film Festival’s debut in Marion.
The Personal History of David Copperfield (PG)
Saturday, 26 September
Warriparinga Wetlands
Wendy (M)
Saturday, 3 October
Heron Way Reserve
Gates open 4pm, street food and entertainment followed by screenings 6.15pm.
AFF In The Burbs is family-friendly and sponsored by City of Marion.
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