Australian native gardens: Is there scope for a community shift?

Shaw, A, Miller, KK and Wescott, G 2017, Australian native gardens: Is there scope for a community shift?, Landscape and urban planning, vol. 157, pp. 322-330, doi: 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.07.009.

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Title Australian native gardens: Is there scope for a community shift?
Author(s) Shaw, A
Miller, KKORCID iD for Miller, KK
Wescott, GORCID iD for Wescott, G
Journal name Landscape and urban planning
Volume number 157
Start page 322
End page 330
Total pages 9
Publisher Elsevier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2017-01-01
ISSN 0169-2046
Keyword(s) urban biodiversity
native gardening
native wildlife
Summary The negative impacts of urbanization on biodiversity are well known, and the use of native vegetation in private gardens and streetscapes have been shown to improve the species richness and abundance of native wildlife, thereby improving the biodiversity of the local area. This study poses the question of whether the general public is interested in planting native species, to determine whether a cultural shift in garden planting style is feasible. A total of 3707 questionnaires relating to nature in the backyard were delivered to residents in metropolitan Melbourne, Australia with 417 responses received (11.2% response rate). The results indicate that the public perception of the aesthetic appeal of native gardens is fairly positive and that Melbournians have considerable interest in planting native species in residential gardens and that a large number would like wildlife in their yards. The paper concludes that there is scope to encourage the use of native plants in residential landscaping.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.landurbplan.2016.07.009
Field of Research 050202 Conservation and Biodiversity
Socio Economic Objective 970105 Expanding Knowledge in the Environmental Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2017, Elsevier
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