Gardening after the bushfires

More grows in a garden than a gardener sows


Making a small start on rebuilding a garden lost to bushfire can be an important first step in the recovery process. Think big, but start small. Even if it’s just a few pots with colourful flowers by the front door, every time you see it, it will restore you and you will be ready to take on bigger challenges.

The Kangaroo Island Landscape Board intended to fund a series of workshops to provide support and a way forward for many island residents whose gardens were damaged or lost in the recent fires. ABC Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson hosted one workshop late February 2020, but COVID-19 turned up and workshops have been replaced by something to enable everyone to learn from the comfort of their own home.

So have a read of Sophie’s blog piece as she shares five simple steps you can take to rebuild your garden or sit back and explore how to rebuild your garden through this video series

Getting into your garden is good for you!

Video series

Gardening for health and wellbeing

Why gardening is an important part of the recovery process and the benefits it provides in the areas of exercise, relaxation, health and nutrition.

How did fire affect your garden?

What you need to think about when assessing how fire affected your garden e.g. what was available to burn and what direction the fire came from. As Sophie says, “Knowing how the fire affected your property will help you have a greater understanding of how your garden will recover.”

The effect of fire and ash on soil

How to assess the impacts of fire and ash on your soil and how to build healthy soil for your garden.

The effect of fire on woody plants

Great tips on how to assess whether burnt fruit trees are still viable and what to do if they’re not.


What to consider when rebuilding a garden

Are you ready to start planting? Find out tips such as making a list of what you want from your garden, when to plant and where to put watering zones to help keep your house cool.

Home gardens resources

Reducing fire risk in gardens (Botanic Gardens of SA) – planning and designing gardens to minimise vulnerability and strengthen resistance to fire

Bushfire garden recovery; rebuilding after the fire – Sophie Thomson

Native habitat gardening– create a healthy, attractive garden using native plants that thrive in our local conditions

Need advice, help or plant stock to help you rebuild? Don’t forget the KI Landscape Board's Native Plant Nursery on Telegraph Street in Kingscote is there for you.


The Native Plant Nursery has also established a fund with our funding partners at Nature Foundation SA to help restore habitat on the island, both for our wildlife and to help protect our farmer's livestock. If you would like to make a donation to the fund you can do so here.

Your donation will be used to provide fire affected landholders with a diverse range of KI’s native plants, together with tree guards (where needed), at no cost.

All donations $2 and over are tax-deductible.

You can also donate via Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) to BSB: 105900 Acc No: 963747240

Name: Nature Foundation SA

Description: (Your name and) KINF

Please email  to advise you have done the EFT.

Thank you to everyone who has supported already!

Remember, without habitat there is no wildlife.


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