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Our two native gardens – the Kingston Park Yurlo Wirra Coastal Garden and the Civic Centre Garden – are designed to showcase local indigenous coastal plant species; present suitable plants for use in coastal water-wise gardens; and help visitors identify indigenous plant species and recognise the importance of biodiversity within our local environment.


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Kingston Park Yurlo Wirra Coastal Garden

Kingston Park Yurlo Wirra Coastal Garden is a large native garden just south of Tjilbruke Springs. In 2007, Green Gecko Studios was engaged to design the garden, which tells the story of Tjilbruke, the maker of the springs. Signs in the garden explain how the plants relate to the story of Tjilbruke. The garden was formerly referred to as the Carter House Native Garden; the house which was on the site was occupied by the Carter family.

Following a formal request to the Kaurna Warra Pintyandi, and with formal approval from the Council, the garden was renamed Kingston Park Yurlo Wirra Coastal Garden. 'Yurlo' means cliff and 'Wirra' means forest.

In 2010, the garden won a silver medal in the public gardens category of the South Australian Sustainable Landscape Awards, and in 2011 the garden was awarded silver again, this time in the Government Category. The garden has since been added to the Sustainable Landscapes Native Garden Trail.

Civic Centre Garden

The Brighton Civic Centre gardens is maintained by our Environmental Volunteers, features plants chosen to show the diversity of vegetation within our natural areas, our woodlands, our coast and in our sand dunes. The Civic Centre Native Garden was awarded Gold in the Government Category of the 2011 Sustainable Landscapes Garden Awards.