Wonthaggi Seed Bank & Nursery Inc. (WSBN)
Is run by local volunteers and is a not-for-profit incorporated association. (ABN 33 771 182 522, Assoc #A0051770D)
The Bass Coast & South Gippsland Shires have habitats that are coastal, wetland, hinterland & bushland.
Indigenous plant species have adapted to these local environmental conditions & help to sustain valuable biodiversity and habitat for native birds and wildlife. They have adapted to the local environment and there is no need to ‘import’ soil or to use fertilisers.
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- Margaret Barnard (Secretary) – Mobile 0413 585 686
- Peter McKenzie (Vice President) – Mobile 0411 471 712
Mail & deliveries
Any letters or deliveries should be directed to:
Wonthaggi Seed Bank & Nursery Inc c/o State Coal Mine, Garden St, Wonthaggi VIC 3995, Australia
Visiting our Nursery
Visits are strictly by Appointment Only, especially given the current community health restrictions.
Under normal circumstances, we have Open Days in Autumn & Spring. Check out this website & our Facebook page for details during these seasons.
Location (Pick-up plant orders here)
Our Nursery shed & yard are located at the State Coal Mine, Garden St, Wonthaggi VIC 3995
Garden St is off Cape Paterson Rd near Total Tools (old Capeview Mitre10). Click here for Google Maps
If you place an order with us, this is the usual plant pick-up-point.
Below is an aerial view of the Wonthaggi State Coal Mine. We are located right at the back of the site.
The second red arrow takes you to the Coal Mine Cafe car park. You can park there & walk around to the nursery shed (shown circled in red).
Our propagated indigenous plants are sourced by:
- Government organisations / Shire Councils.
- Landcare Groups.
- Friends groups (Bass Coast Friends of the Hooded Plover (FoWH), Cape Paterson Residents & Ratepayers Association (CPRRA), Friends of Harmers Haven Ratepayers Association (FHHRA), Friends of Wonthaggi Heathland & coastal Reserve(FOWHCR) etc.
- Individual landholders (farmers) and home owners.
- Plant nurseries / Landscapers.
Native versus Indigenous
There is a very important difference between native and indigenous plant species. So what is the difference? Well native means that the plant is native to anywhere in Australia. Indigenous means that the plant species comes from a certain area such as the Bass Coast and South Gippsland Shires.
We only propagate Indigenous species
We are passionate about sustaining the indigenous plant species in our region and having a supply for vital revegetation. WSBN only propagates INDIGENOUS plant species. We encourage you to plant using these species wherever you can.
We grow to order
We are not a commercial nursery, where you select plants to take immediately. We mainly propagate plants according to orders received well in advance.
Please use our online order form to place your order. Ideally the YEAR before you need to plant them.
Need help with what to plant where?
Our experts can help with planning what species are most suited to your property or make use of the informative planting guides produced by our local shire councils, which are shown on the bottom of this page under ‘Shire Council Resources’.
We are licensed to collect species for propagation by
- Parks Victoria.
- Department of Environment, Land, Water & Planning (DELWP).
- Bass Coast Shire Council.
WSBN on Social media
Keep up-to-date with our weekly activities by visiting our Facebook page.
Please share your photos and stories of your indigenous plants finding their forever homes.
Shire Council Resources
- Indigenous Plants Brochure for Bass Coast environments
- Indigenous Plants Brochure for South Gippsland – Page 1 and Page 2 – Note: This is not a high res version and currently unavailable to link via web to the South Gippsland Shire Council. A terrific resource and you maybe able to source directly from the Council.
- Common Weeds of Gippsland Brochure