Fruits of the Earth
When: Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 February 2014
Open: Each of the gardens will be open on 15 & 16 February 2014, 10am - 4.30pm
Entry: Entry to each garden is $7.00, no charge for children under 18
Information: Please see the VIC Calendar of openings here for details of facilities at each garden.
More information here
(No bookings required)
Over one special weekend, Open Gardens will be opening six productive gardens across Melbourne. From a community garden to permaculture and potager gardens: this is a must visit for those interested in growing productive gardens or gaining new insights into how these gardens can be successfully cultivated in urban spaces. There will be a range of extra activities including wicking bed demonstrations, workshops on growing Asian vegetables, talks on permaculture gardening, garden produce and specially handcrafted garden products for sale.
|The Kitchen Garden|
A tranquil and quirky community garden hidden in the heart of busy Coburg. Built on old tennis courts, it is divided into many different spaces, all containing edible produce of some sort: indigenous/native, ornamental, a large school kitchen garden, chickens, berry garden and espaliered fruit.
Cafe Co-Op with garden produce & artisan breads available. Community nursery with edible, native & water plants. Information display & stall for the Moreland Food Garden Network
Address: 512 Sydney Rd, Coburg
The Kitchen Garden
|Angelo's Food Forest|
Quality garden products will be on sale
Address: 8 Gillman St, Malvern East
Angelo's Food Forest
A living example of the principles of permaculture gardening. Many varieties of fruit trees and 23 different types of berries jostle for space among unusual medicinal herbs, edible flowers and perennial root crops. Small ponds with edible water plants and tiny fish. Hydroponic vegetable beds.
Address: 53 Dundas St, Preston
A delightful permaculture garden surrounding a sustainable house. Intensively worked productive front garden is brimming with fruit trees, vegetables and herbs. There's a rear native garden of wattles, grasses and small ephemeral wetland. Wicking beds, compost, hens, worm farms. Structures made from recycled materials. Tanks and greywater.
Over the weekend there will be wicking bed talks and the owner will conduct tours of the garden.
Address: 1 Croft Cres, Reservoir
Quarter Acre Farm
|Quarter Acre Farm|
plantings. There are vegetables in raised beds and 40 fruit trees - quince, pomegranate, apple, fig, cherry avocado and apricot - keep the family self-sufficient. The garden also features a beehive, heritage chickens and a duck.
Address: 22 Yerrawa Dve, Watsonia
Highett Street Community Garden
Set within the heart of the largest public housing estate in Melbourne is a lush urban oasis containing an astonishing array of edible plants with 126 raised plots tended by local residents. The huge range of vegetables includes pumpkins and cucumbers from East Timor, taro, tree lettuce and mustard greens, all grown using organic and sustainable principals. A large pergola with pizza oven and seating is a social centre for gardeners and local residents.
|Highett St Community Garden|
The Highett St Community Garden will have a range of workshops on both Saturday and Sunday
Address: Belgium Ave, Richmond