My name is Monina Gilbey, I established Green Gecko Studios as a multi-faceted business. I design gardens, provide educational workshops and shoot garden and travel photos.  I have designed a number of gardens for private residences, schools, councils and community groups. Native and edible gardens are my passion.


For a number of years, I have worked as a garden specialist in school kitchen gardens. I love to share my expertise through garden education workshops for councils, schools and community groups. I also visit schools for garden craft incursions.

Publicity and awards

  • Monina (on a short-term contract) at Little Sprouts Kitchen Garden, Adelaide Botanic Garden: watch here.

  • Woodend Primary School on Get Dirty with Milton (Channel 44) 2015: watch here.

  • Planthunter Magazine 2014: Monina interviewed about blue banded bees. Read article here.

  • SA Gardens Magazine Spring 2014: Article on Woodend Primary School

  • ​​Woodend Primary School Kitchen Garden on Totally Wild (Channel 10) 2012

  • Australian House  & Garden Magazine: May 2012, Monina quoted in edible gardens article. Read the article here.

  • 2013 Green Lifestyle Awards | Highly Commended Garden Company

  • 2011 SA Sustainable Landscape Awards Government Category | Gold Medal: City of Holdfast Bay Civic Centre Garden | Silver Medal:
    ​Kingston Park Yurlo Wirra Coastal Garden

  • ​2010 SA Sustainable Landscape Awards Public Gardens Category | Silver Medal: Kingston Park Yurlo Wirra Coastal Garden (formerly the
    Carter House block)