Tuesday, 8 November 2011


Sustainable Gardening Australia
    November 2011

Werribee Open Range Zoo together with Sustainable Gardening Australia


Sustainable Gardens Open Day 2011

Newport and Altona

Sunday November 13th, Open 1pm to 4pm
Sustainable, productive, inspirational, achievable!
These gardens are wonderful examples of gardening sustainably, producing fresh food in your own backyard, working with recycled materials, and maximising productivity through organic means. 
Kate's garden and Mara's garden will be open for viewing from 1-4pm on Sunday November 13th.  Entry is by gold coin donation and all proceeds will go to Werribee Open Range Zoo.  

Kate's Garden

Kate's garden begins with a simplified food forest in the front yard, with fruit trees including plum, nectarine, cherry, almond, apple and pear.  The rear yard is still in transition, yet features many sustainable design elements including a green house, chickens, compost and worm farm.  The eastern half is becoming a perennial edible and medicinal garden, whilst the western half is dedicated to vegie growing.   Kate has recently added a bee hive to the garden also.  Kate's inspirations in the garden centre around growing fresh food including a growing interest in growing nutrient dense food.  Kate's garden is a great example of maximising the average backyard space to create a garden for food security based on sustainable principles.   
Kate's Garden is at 10 Rivers Street, Newport

Mara's Garden

Mara has dedicated the last two years to nurturing her 500m sq house block into a productive food forest.    The basic design is now complete, but many new projects are still planned or in progress.  The garden has many sustainable features such as compost stations, worm farming, and an orchard that includes figs, plums and banana.  Some of the more unusual features of Mara's garden are the very creative use of pickle barrels for water collection and berries grown in crates built from recycled materials.    Mara's garden demonstrates what can be achieved with recycled materials and a little imagination.  Her garden is productive, achievable and will inspire in its use of sustainable principals and recycled materials.  
Mara's Garden is at 106 Railway Street South, Altona

For further information contact SGA on 8850 3050,  

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