Native nursery & garden designing in Geelong and coastal areas

If you want an expert in native trees, shrubs, grasses and other indigenous plants, Christine Russell at Geelong Native Plants is the only name you need to know. With experience in the horticulture industry stretching back more than 30 years, she specialises in coastal garden designing using a wide variety of native plants.

Starting out on a wholesale rose nursery in New Zealand in 1980 before moving to an orchard in Shepparton, Christine has a wide breadth of experience, covering stock production, budding, whip-and-tongue grafting, pollination and native nursery maintenance. Having worked for the well-known Van Loon’s Nursery near Geelong, as well as for landscape construction and maintenance companies, Christine helps make gardening easy using low-maintenance indigenous plants.

Christine also taught a module of Certificate III in Horticulture through TAFE in Shepparton. Designing the training herself, Christine taught orchard apprentices how to set up and maintain a fruit tree nursery.

After moving to Breamlea, she became involved with the Breamlea Community Garden and was inspired by the group’s organic growing practices, developing a keen interest in native plants and garden designing. Since moving from Breamlea, Christine continues to practise growing vegetables organically using companion planting methods. She has also experimented with building a chook house and worm café to help maintain her vegetable garden.

A self-taught garden designer, Christine has been landscaping for more than 15 years. She has an incredible eye for detail, including drawing bush garden plans to scale with products and costs included.

Christine’s drawings are suitable to go to council for approval, taking all the stress out of native garden designing for her customers.

Geelong Native Plants’ nursery is also proud to share its home with two small historical buildings – including one used as a studio by internationally acclaimed Australian landscape artist Sir Arthur Streeton, who was born at Mount Duneed in 1867.

Please contact Christine at Geelong Native Plants for more information.