2024 Sales Open Now!

From April to Sept each year the Gawler Environment Centre and Gawler Environment and Heritage Association (GEHA) team up to bring residents of Gawler and surrounding areas the opportunity to purchase cheap locally indigenous plants. The Understorey Project aims to increase biodiversity in our region by encouraging communities to cultivate a variety of local plants, including all ecosystem elements. 

Please be aware that orders are to be picked up from the Gawler Environment & Heritage Association nursery. (Other arrangements may be possible, but will involve an additional fee. Please contact us to discuss alternative arrangements before you place an order). 

*If you want to place a large order, e.g. more than 20 of 1 species or more than 200 in total, please ring Adrian  at the GEHA nursery on 0429004363 to check availability. We only have large numbers of a few species.*

Early orders should be available in late May and then after that up to two weeks from ordering to collection so please don’t worry if you don’t hear back from us straight away. If you require your order in less time, please advise us when placing your order. Some plants, especially a few of the native daisies, only germinate in mid autumn so there may be a bit longer wait. This will be advised when the order is received.  

If you have any enquiries about the plants, please contact Adrian on 0429 004 363 or geha1@bigpond.com

If you are interested in smaller herbs and grasses there a quite a few more species available; Adrian can provide you with further information.

We have made two short films for this project:
The Understorey Project: Whats it all about?
How to plant and care for your native garden

Orders for the 2024 Understorey Proejct are now open!

How to place an order – read the instructions at 1, 2 & 3 below and then click on the Understorey Project Shop link a the bottom of the page. 

1. Decide if you want to order a mixed box or a custom box
Note: Orders must be in quantities of 20 or 50 plants

Mixed Box: $25 for 20 plants or $62.50 for 50 plants
What is a mixed box? A mixed box will contain species specifically suited to the area you live in. The species in this box will be chosen by the nursery and may contain 3 of one species if thought appropriate ie. grasses are more practical in clumps of 3 or more. This box is great if you are unsure of what to plant, have limited knowledge on what species are specific to your area or if you just want someone else to do the choosing for you.

There are four mixed box options:

  1. Mixed box (standard)
  2. Mixed box with trees (you will get one or more trees with your order)
  3. Mixed box of butterfly attracting plants (an assortment of shrubs and smaller plants which are food source for butterflies)
  4. Mixed box of native bee attracting plants (these are flowering plants of all sizes, please advise in the ORDER NOTES section if you want trees and shrubs included in your order)

If you have specific requests about the type of plants you want/don’t want in your order you can include this in the ORDER NOTES section on the Billing Information page.

Custom Box Cost: $30 for 20 plants or $75 for 50 plants
What is a custom box? A custom box allows you to make up your own order from the plants available. We advise creating orders with at least 6 different species and multiples of these ie. grasses are more practical in clumps of 3 or more. This box is great if you know which plants are specific for your area and you know what you want to grow in your garden. Note: Depending on availability of some species we may need to supply a suitable replacement.

2. Placing your order

To order a mixed box:

Select option 7 ‘Mixed Box’ and choose a box(es) of 20 or 50 with trees, without trees, butterfly attracting or native bee attracting.

To order a custom box:

  1. Look at the map below to find out the vegetation association that you live in
  2. Select option 1-6 depending on the area you live in. eg if the map below identifies you as living in the coastal area then select option 2
  3. Select the plants you wish to make up your custom box

Look at the map below to find which vegetation association you live in. This will help you choose appropriate plants when ordering.

Click here for an enlarged Vegetation Associations Map

Note: Some of the species listed will be in limited numbers and orders may need to be varied.  We suggest planting at least 2 or 3 plants for smaller species which will produce better results.  It makes the plants easy to identify & covers possible loss of a plant.  Garden designers will say it usually produces better design effects. If you want to order large numbers of one or a small number of species – we recommend giving Adrian at Gawler Environment and Heritage Association a call (0429004363).

The information supplied about plants for butterfly and caterpillar use is not complete. Check before eating or using anything. Additional information will be added as available. 

For a full list of available plants for the 2024 Understorey Project, click HERE.

To order your plants, click the button below:





ONLY 5-10% of your order may be made up of TREES (including small, medium and large) eg. In a box of 20 plants 1 or 2 of the plants may be a tree species.

ONLY 10% of your order may be made up of MEDIUM/TALL SHRUBS eg. In a box of 20 plants only 2 of the plants may be medium or tall shrub species. The exception to this is if you are in the Adelaide Plains woodland association where we will provide a higher percentage of shrubs.