Ecological garden design inspiration featuring a custom-designed chicken coop and productive garden

Forestville Farm

Our native garden landscape design transforms suburban yards into productive food forests and thriving ecologies

The vision

At Urban GreenSpace, we specialise in transforming neglected spaces into thriving native garden landscapes. Our Forestville Farm project serves as both our home and a demonstration garden, where we’re always trialling new landscape design concepts and horticultural methods.

When we acquired this property in 2013, it was a neglected suburban jungle. Our goal was to create a productive urban food forest and vibrant wildlife habitat through innovative native garden landscape design.

Key Design Zones:

  • Front Yard: Street Appeal and Sustainability
      • Structured design with recycled sandstone walls and perennials
      • Native gum tree as the centrepiece of a bush garden
      • Permeable driveway for water capture and reduced runoff
      • Fruit and coffee trees integrated into the landscape

Forestville native and productive landscape garden design
Forestville native and productive landscape garden design

  • Backyard: Family-Friendly and Productive
      • Terraced design with retaining wall
      • Pergola, recycled brick paving, and fire pit
      • Lawn area for children
      • Vegepod wicking beds for vegetable gardening
      • Integrated chicken run
      • Connecting decking between main cottage, garage, and studio

The productive backyard garden design features wicking garden beds and integrated chicken run
The productive backyard garden design features wicking garden beds and integrated chicken run

  • Lower Level: Food Forest and Wildlife Haven
    • Natural rock ledges as a design feature
    • Diverse food forest including bananas, custard apple, citrus, coffee trees, native plum, grasses, arrowroot, elderberry, and macadamias
    • Chicken-friendly area promoting natural behaviours

The lower garden with food forest
The lower garden with food forest

Our native garden landscape design not only enhances property value but also creates a sustainable, productive, and wildlife-friendly environment. It serves as a conversation starter in the community, demonstrating how native, and regenerative gardens can be both beautiful and functional.

Let Urban GreenSpace bring your native garden design vision to life, whether you're seeking professional design services, a planting plan, or even just a consultation for inspiration - contact us!

Services

Landscape design
Planting plan
Maintenance

Steve had the patience of a saint during the landscape design of Forestville Farm. There were quite a few random "new ideas" I threw at him, but he always made it work.

Emily W.

Steve's deep understanding of nutrition and cuisine delivered a comprehensive planting plan for my wicking bed.

Vicki H