Thursday, December 26, 2013

Open Gardens Across Melbourne: Fruits of the Earth (15-16 Feb 2014)

Fruits of the Earth

PepperTree Place
Where: across Melbourne
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

PepperTree Place
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
Clever design integrates a beautiful French-style potager with spaces for living and entertaining. There's a formal geometric vegetable garden, pergola, hazelnut hedge, and garden beds surrounded by woven hurdles. Espaliered heritage apples, French pears, greengage, cherry trees and damson plum are underplanted with edible plants.
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.
Pfleiderer garden
There will be talks on permaculture gardening at 1pm-2pm each day

Address: 53 Dundas St, Preston

Pfleiderer garden
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
An attractive productive garden where the front and back gardens have been converted to edible
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
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