Our wetlands have been the focus of several open days under the Australian Open Gardens Scheme and consist of over a hectare of board walks and paths meandering through a series of spring-fed ponds. This area leads to a larger rain-fed lake, over-looked by a rustic gazebo, where Australian coots and Wood-ducks raise their broods every year. The area was a boggy wilderness of blackberries and pines when we arrived in 2001. We took advantage of the ‘big drought’ of 2005-8 to put machinery in the then-dry bog and remove the trees and blackberries, build the paths and boardwalks and then simply leave our country to get on with what it does best – growing its native flora.