SGA has developed one of the most popular gardening websites in Australia providing a wealth of information about strategies and methods for decreasing gardening’s impact on the natural environment.
Garden Product Guide – Safe for You ‘n’ Nature
SGA has rated over 1000 horticultural chemicals and products to help you choose the most sustainable option for your garden…and the planet! It is based on impacts on waterways, aquatic life, wildlife, insects and other invertebrates and on human safety. Developed in conjunction with the University of Melbourne, this is a world first ratings program for horticultural products.
SGA, with funding from Sustainability Victoria, have filmed 20 short films on sustainable gardening. Entitled Footprint Flicks, these films look at ways we can minimise our carbon footprint in the garden, through reducing waste, water and energy consumption.
Other videos have been produced more recently and development of more is ongoing.
FREE Monthly e-newsletter
Our monthly newsletter Cuttings is sent to more than 13,000 registered subscribers. Each article contains seasonal, sustainable gardening information written with our trademark humour and style.
Courses, Workshops, Master Classes and Forums
SGA has run 100s of practical and informative workshops for beginner to advanced adult home gardeners. We have worked with local government, landscapers, other professionals in the garden industry and water authorities in delivering on a wide range of topics.
Another initiative has been Forums where 3 experts present specialised information on topics such as pest control and creating wildlife habitat.
Booklets and Publications
SGA has produced 26 sustainable gardening publications for local government as well as our own self-published booklets on veggie growing and organic pest control.
Environmental Certification Programs
SGA has environmentally certified more than 100 garden centres and landscape businesses as well as 12 public gardens. SGA certification has provided leadership to the nursery and landscape industries on all things environmentally sustainable, and an avenue for the public to find concerned and committed green gardening businesses.
PODS – Productive, Organic, Diverse, Sustainable Gardening Groups
SGA has fostered development of neighbourhood gardening groups. These PODs have provided a means for community to connect and support each other to garden sustainably.
Community Based Gardening Project
This project was designed to contribute to the community recovery process and to provide a lasting contribution by helping to rebuild and regenerate bushfire affected areas through sustainable gardening activities. The Community-based Gardening Project, supported by the Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, provided 5 communities with a community based garden, education facilities, 15 free workshops and 6 PODs.
It has also developed a Community Gardening Manual for other interested groups around Australia http://www.sgaonline.org.au/community/community-gardens-manual/.
Green Gardening Professionals
Professional gardeners, landscapers and horticulturalist meet on a monthly basis with an expert speaker to assist with their professional development.