BAAG Environmental Weed Policy

BAAG Environmental Weed Policy

Bulleen Art & Garden takes very seriously the problems caused by environmental weeds. It aims to take every precaution to ensure that no plant material stocked or sold at Bulleen Art & Garden has a ‘serious’ environmental weed potential.

In accordance with the CaLP (Catchment & Land Protection) Act, Bulleen Art & Garden does not stock those plants that have been identified as noxious weeds in our region and are thus banned from sale by Victorian state legislation. Common garden plants that will not be sold by Bulleen Art & Garden for this reason include:

Botanical Name Common Name Indigenous Alternative Other Alternative
Crataegus monogyna Hawthorn Hymenanthera dentata Leptospermum scoparium
Cynara cardunculus Cardoon Gahnia radula Artichoke
Cytisus scoparius ssp. scoparius Broom Viminaria juncea
Eichhornia crassipes Water Hyacinth Villarsia reniformis Water poppy (Hydrocleys)
Equisetum spp. Horsetail Restio tetraphyllus Cyperus alternifolius
Foeniculum vulgare Fennel
Genista linifolia, G. monspessulana Broom Daviesia leptophylla Acacia fimbriata Dwarf form
Hieracium spp. Hawkweed Dillwynia cinarescens
Hypericum perforatum St John’s Wort
Juncus acutus ssp. acutus Spiny rush Juncus pallidus Cyperus papyrus
Lavandula stoechas Italian Lavender Spyridium parvifolium Any other lavender
Lycium ferocissimum African Boxthorn Correa reflexa Box hedging
Opuntia spp. Prickly pear
Physalis viscose Sticky cape gooseberry
Reseda luteola Wild mignonette Warrigul greens
Rosa rubiginosa Sweet briar Any other rose
Watsonia meriana var bulbilifera Watsonia Bulbine bulbosa Kangaroo paw

In addition to this we have also identified a number of horticultural plants that have the potential to become environmental weeds; to spread from gardens and threaten local natural areas. Bulleen Art and Garden may stock cultivars and varieties of these species, especially when they are sterile forms and pose less of a risk to the environment. Our nursery does not stock these plant species:

Botanical Name Common Name Indigenous Alternative Other Alternative
Acacia baileyana Cootamundra Wattle Acacia dealbata
Acacia decurrens Early Black Wattle Acacia mearnsii
Acacia elata Cedar Wattle Acacia implexa
Acacia floribunda White Sallow Wattle Acacia verticillata
Acacia longifolia Sallow wattle Acacia melanoxylon
Acer negundo cultivars (except for ‘Sensation’ which does not seem to revert) Box Elder Gynatrix pulchella Acer ‘Sensation’
Agapanthus orientalis Common Agapanthus Dianella tasmanica NZ Rock Lily (Arthropodium)
Albizia lophantha(Syn. Paraserianthus lophantha) Cape Wattle Acacia mearnsii Cassia bicapsularis
Chamaecytisus palmensis Tree Lucerne Ozothamnus ferrugineus Westringia fruticosa
Cotoneasters (other than C. dammeri) Cotoneaster Spyridium parvifolium NSW Christmas bush
Fraxinus angustifolia Desert Ash Acacia implexa Ornamental apple
Hakea salicifolia Willow Hakea Acacia pycnantha
Hedera helix Ivy Clematis microphylla Climbing fig
Ipomoea indica Morning Glory Vine Hardenbergia violaceae Pandorea jasminiodes
Lonicera japonica Japanese Honeysuckle Pandorea pandorana Snail creeper
Melaleuca hypericifolia Hillock Bush Callistemon sieberi Callistemon viminalis
Myriophyllum aquaticum Parrot Feather Myriophyllum crispatum Myriophyllum varifolium
Pennisetum clandestinum Kikuyu Weeping grass Buffalo grass
Pittosporum undulatum Sweet Pittosporum Olearia lirata Pittosporum Silver Sheen
Prunus cerasifera Cherry Plum Hop bush Smoke bush
Sollya heterophylla Bluebell Creeper Billardiera scandens Solanum ‘Monet’s Blue’
Vinca major Blue Periwinkle Hardenbergia violaceae Convolvulus mauritanicus
Zantedeschia aethiopica White Arum Lily Restio tetraphyllus Arthropodium cirratum

Certain plants have been identified by Bulleen Art & Garden as useful garden plants within residential areas, but which may pose weed potential in parklands or waterways. These plants will have warnings displayed to customers suggesting they should not be planted in close proximity to natural areas, parklands or waterways. If you have any questions about environmental weeds please do not hesitate to ask one of our qualified nursery staff.

What else is BAAG doing to combat the threat of environmental weeds?

  • Having local council lists available and displayed within the nursery of Common Garden Plants that are Environmental Weeds in the region.

  • Bulleen Art & Garden, through SGA will organise with the Department of Sustainability & Environment for regular updates of plants listed as noxious or environmental weeds or those listed as having weed potential to be forwarded to the nursery manager.

  • Bulleen Art & Garden will communicate with local council about plants that present potential for local weed impacts.

  • Staff will monitor any areas of parkland surrounding Bulleen Art & Garden for evidence of escaped plants from within the nursery.

  • The staff at Bulleen Art & Garden will be trained to advise on appropriate plant selection and educate customers on the environmental implications their buying decisions may have.

  • Plant purchasers will at all times remain up to date and aware of local weed lists when purchasing plant stock to be sold at BAAG.

BAAG Environmental Policy

Environmental Sustainability Practices at Bulleen Art & Garden

Bulleen Art and Garden aims to deliver a service to its customers that recognizes the importance of environmental issues, both local and global. In this respect, concentrating on long-term custom, we are prepared to sacrifice individual sales to offer customers a range of environmental gardening options and outcomes.

Bulleen Art & Garden is prepared to sacrifice sales, but not customers on environmental issues. For example, if a customer asks for a more toxic spray than needed, we expect staff to suggest an alternative, even if it means not selling a product at all. However, we do insist that staff do not get into arguments over the environment with the customer, which may lead them to shop elsewhere. Our policy is strong customer education.

Bulleen Art and Garden aims to take the lead in respect of retail nursery practice, to encourage customer interest in an environmentally friendly approach to gardening that encompasses the following issues:

– To foster the concept that our land and gardens, however large or small, are not ours to ‘do with as we wish’, but rather, something we have the responsibility to care for and enjoy, leaving it in good health for those who follow us.
– Fewer adherences to strictly formal garden design.
– Increased interest in produce gardening.
– Increased awareness of the environmental benefits of using native and indigenous plant species within the garden.
– A style of garden design and practice that encourages the use of water and soil conservation principles.

In light of these aims, staff at Bulleen Art and Garden are encouraged to consider the environmental implications of any advice they give to customers. It is hoped that staff will avail themselves of environmental information and literature available at the nursery, so they are able to give informed advice to customers. Staff are also encouraged, where possible, to draw to the customers’ notice environmental initiatives, information handouts and signage throughout the nursery.

Strategies that will enable Bulleen Art and Garden to achieve the policy guidelines include:

– To undertake a yearly audit of the environmental policy, concentrating on outcomes achieved or otherwise, and possible updates to the document.
– Building environmental policy objectives into ongoing business systems and procedure; (for example, stock ordering systems, both plant, chemical, irrigation and yard; staff job descriptions; consultancy specifications and nursery signage). In this way environmental policy goals are included in the normal running and operation of the nursery.
– To nominate the role of environmental officer to a staff member, and to allocate sufficient time so that person may oversee the promotion and implementation of environmental practices and procedures throughout the nursery and to educate staff and customers.
– To have the environmental officer or delegate report at each monthly staff meeting on a relevant environmental issue or information of importance to customers.
-To work with the local authorities to enhance the flora and fauna of the surrounding precincts (including the adjoining Yarra river reserve), with works such as weed control and revegetation programs, educational and interpretive signage.
– To actively pursue a policy of recycling nursery and office materials such as paper, cans and containers.
-To provide an environmental consultancy service, whereby customers can access a range of environmental options specifically tailored to their garden requirements. In the long term this service would aim to offer customers a broader ‘whole-lifestyle’ environmental audit that identified both strengths and weaknesses and offered a range of alternative lifestyle practices that imposed a lessened impact on their immediate and larger environment.
-Included consideration of the environment as a condition of employment in our certified agreement.

To maintain a consistent commitment to environmentally friendly product options throughout the nursery, the managers of the following areas aim to provide the following:

1. A range of indigenous plant species that are ideally suited to the climatic and soil conditions of the local area thus conferring both aesthetic and environmental benefits to the home garden are actively promoted. This also creates a habitat for local birds and other animals. We also supply nest boxes for birds, possums, etc.

Produce Gardening2. Build a display garden of local plants with interpretation in the adjoining parklands with the assistance and direction of Parks Victoria.

3. A wide range of produce plants and produce display gardens, for those wishing to grow home produce, thereby lessening customers need to rely on massed produced foodstuffs.

4. A wide range of plant species, both native and exotic, within the nursery, thereby offering the customer the capacity to create more biodiversity within their garden, which generally means a healthier garden less prone to severe pest and disease problems and one that is conducive to an increase in animal, insect and avian presence.

5. A range of measures to combat pest and disease problems in the gardens, which ideally encompass a selection of environmentally options as well as traditional chemical treatments.

6. Concrete environmental information, both verbal via staff and through written handouts giving customers instructional and technical advice regarding environmentally sustainable gardening practices (including topics such as; mulching, composting, water conservation, soil conservation, safer pest and disease control, holistic garden design/biodiversity within the home garden).

7. To source only non-threatened plant species, or if threatened, that sourced from those commercially propagated material, and not obtained from the wild populations.

8. To provide on-ground composting and worm-farm displays, with additional information and technical advice.

9. To provide a used pot recycling service.

10. To reduce the use of herbicide within the nursery via the use of hot water treatments.

11. Encourage people to plant trees in some parts of their gardens and use them to reduce heating/ cooling consumption.

Click here to read our policy on Environmental Weeds.

To maintain a consistent commitment to environmentally friendly product options throughout the nursery, the managers of the following areas aim to provide the following:

Landscape Supplies Yard

1. To provide a commitment to environmental products where possible, including the stocking of recycled materials (such as recycled railway sleepers, recycled plastic edging, recycled compost materials) or products obtained from plantation areas rather than those cut from native forest (eg, pine bark mulch range).

2. To encourage and offer incentives for those customers using their own containers to take away product.

3. To encourage the use of products that have soil and water conservation benefits, such as mulches, composts and manures.

4. To offer a refund on bags taken from the yard to encourage the recycling of plastic products.


1. To provide among the range of irrigation, gardening, and sundry products stocked, where available, those that offer environmental benefits to customers.

2. To encourage and offer incentives for those customers using their own containers to take away product and provide alternatives to the use of plastic bags such as newspaper and cardboard trays and boxes.

3. To provide a centralized point in a high customer traffic area for the posting of environmental information additional to general handout material, as sourced by the staff environmental officer, providing customers with a range of information both at a local and international level.

4. Actively promote composting, with a wide range of composting bins and other products.

5. Introducing products made from recycled material into our product range, eg. Basket liners from recycled tyres, garden edging from recycled plastics.