Become a Supplier

The Gardening Responsibly Scheme is a free, voluntary, industry-led program to promote the supply and development of Certified Gardening Responsibly plants.

The Scheme was officially launched in September 2022 and all relevant businesses that join the Scheme receive promotional and marketing support by way of a comprehensive marketing kit.

Scheme membership is open to greenlife industry businesses including:

  • Landscape architects/designers
  • Landscapers
  • Plant breeders
  • Plant brokers
  • Retail nurseries
  • Wholesale nurseries

Your participation in this ground-breaking Scheme is fundamental to ensuring certified low-risk plants can be made available to the millions of gardeners in Australia who want beautiful gardens and healthy Australian landscapes.

“I hope that industry embraces this idea and we work together to get best practice across the horticulture sector to continue to create beautiful gardens and protect our natural Australian landscapes.”

Chris Poulton, Riverview Landscapes

“As a horticulturalist I know how important it is to understand the plants I’m working with to provide the best design for my clients. The Gardening Responsibly Scheme helps me have confidence that I’m recommending plants that look great in place and are safe for the environment.”

Brent Tallis, Sales Manager, Overland Nurseries

“For over 40 years Alpine Nurseries has been focused on supplying quality plants produced under sustainable practices — it’s at the core of what I do! When I heard about the Gardening Responsibly Scheme I signed up immediately. It’s an easy and effective way for our business and clients to share our love of plants while protecting natural biodiversity.”

Gavin Bodilly, Trademart Manager, Alpine Nurseries

Why Join the Gardening Responsibly Scheme?

Joining the Gardening Responsibly Scheme will enable your business to:

  • Identify and market plants with a low risk of invasion.
  • Communicate this added-value product to your customers.
  • Generate free recognition and promotion for your business.
  • Plus, it’s a voluntary scheme so you can withdraw your participation at any time.

Businesses that show a commitment to going above and beyond receive additional benefits and incentives like access to our awards program, a business profile and priority promotion.

Scheme Benefits


All the benefits of a Sustainability Champion PLUS

  • Your business profiled as an industry leader on the Gardening Responsibly website
  • Tailored marketing and promotional material developed to highlight your business achievements

All the benefits of a Scheme Member PLUS

  • Your business profiled as a sustainability champion on the Gardening Responsibly website
  • Access to the Scheme Awards Program
  • Your business promoted on the Gardening Responsibly website
  • Receive priority access to news, training, events and promotional materials to make your low-risk plants stand out

How Does the Scheme Work?

To join the Gardening Responsibly Scheme your business must complete an application form and be willing to pledge its commitment to breeding, supplying or promoting at least one low-risk plant.

Once we have received your request to join, our friendly team will review your application and be in touch to confirm your acceptance into the Scheme.

We will guide you through the next steps to check your stocklist or plant palette to label or promote your low-risk plants. Your business will also be promoted in our online Find a Supplier directory and to our broad range of audiences.

Scheme Management and Transparency

Once your business is a member of the Scheme, our team will regularly check in with you to ensure you are getting the most out of your membership, as well as continuing to operate in line with the objectives and terms and conditions of the Scheme.

Members are required to regularly check their plant lists to ensure they are using the eco-label appropriately, and stay up to date with new plant assessments and changes to stock affected by plant updates.

All plant assessment data is freely available through our Research Portal to ensure members can stay up to date and consumers can be sure about their purchase.

Intentional misuse of the eco-label will result in removal from the Scheme and possible legal action.

How to Join

To join the Gardening Responsibly Scheme, simply complete our application form.

Our Pledge to the Gardening Responsibly Scheme

Our business is committed to the Gardening Responsibly Scheme and to gardening responsibly.

Whether growing, selling, buying or installing plants, we will garden responsibly by promoting at least one plant with a low risk of invasiveness.

We will communicate with staff and customers about the value of gardening responsibly and advocate for the selection, growth and use of low-risk ornamental plants to champion beautiful gardens and healthy Australian landscapes.

More Information

If you have any questions about the Scheme, please don’t hesitate to contact us. We’d love to hear from you.