What would it be like if we transformed the streets of Banyo with council-planted street trees supported by resident-planted native verge gardens, making them cooler, walkable, biodiverse habitat corridors connecting larger green spaces and other local destinations?

This was the question we asked in December 2022 at the beginning of the Banyo Verge Garden Pilot Project.

When that project finished at the end of September 2023, the residents continued as Banyo District Verge Garden Network, and informal network with links to the Banyo District Community Group and ACF Community Brisbane Northside.

How can you get involved?

You can get involved in one or more ways…


  • Plants should be predominantly native plants indigenous to the region. This is better for habitat and soil health, and they are suited to the soil and climate. Community nurseries (see link below) provide plants and advice.
  • These gardens support street trees that are planted and maintained by Council – roots should not be disturbed and trunks must be clear of mulch or soil buildup.
  • This is slow, low-impact gardening for biodiversity – with no herbicides or pesticides.
  • All planting must be in accordance with the Brisbane City Council Verge Garden Guidelines.


  • Kumbartcho Community Nursery at Eatons Hill is a good source of tubestock native plants. They have a stock list on their website updated every month
  • Paten Park Nursery at The Gap has articles, a searchable directory of Queensland plants with photos and a stock list.
  • See more on our resources page