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Aug
22
Thu
Edible Hub meetup (Hurstbridge) @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Aug 22 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Anyone is welcome to attend and no ongoing commitment to the garden is required.

Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Aug 22 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Aug 22 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Click here to read about the garden.

Aug
23
Fri
Behind the bar – Oakridge Wines @ Nillumbik Cellars
Aug 23 @ 17:30 – 19:30

Oakridge Wines are a winery in Coldstream,. Taste their wines at Nillumbik Cellars – free to attend, free to taste, and no bookings required.

Aug
24
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Aug 24 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Aug 24 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Aug
25
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Aug 25 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Eltham Food Swap @ Car park, top of the Eltham Town Mall
Aug 25 @ 09:30 – 10:30

Look for the large white ‘Local Food Connect’ marquee at the Farmers’ Market. Go along with your homegrown fruit and veggies, favourite seasonal recipes, spare jam jars, homemade labelled preserves, etc, and share and network with other local backyard growers.

Vegan brunch cooking class @ The Beet Retreat
Aug 25 @ 11:00 – 15:00

Learn how to create healthy, practical, everyday vegan dishes that look as good as they taste. It will include such dishes as plant-based milks, creamy lemon dream porridge, waffles, pancakes, scrambled tofu, chia puddings and smoothie bowls.

Aug
29
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Aug 29 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Aug 29 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Click here to read about the garden.

Aug
30
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Aug 30 @ 18:30 – 20:15

Menu: chicken vindaloo.

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email (cookindianbythecreek@gmail.com).

Aug
31
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Aug 31 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Introduction to horticulture – 9 session course @ Edendale Community Environment Farm
Aug 31 @ 09:30 – 15:00

Every Saturday for 9 weeks. Book by phone (9433 3744).

This 9-week hands-on course is ideal for people considering a career in horticulture. No prior experience is necessary.

Working as a team with fellow participants, you will gain a broad overview and practical, hands-on experience such topics as:

  • Introduction to plant recognition.
  • Propagation.
  • Planting.
  • Soil properties.
  • Environmentally sustainable work practices.
  • Career pathways/further study in the horticulture industry.

You will spend a lot of time outdoors (getting your hands dirty!), along with some time in the classroom learning basic theory and exploring study pathways.

The course will be run by Justin Calverley, a horticultural expert with twenty years’ experience. Inter alia, Justin is a lead trainer in adult education at CERES.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Aug 31 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Set up and maintain a worm farm @ Edendale
Aug 31 @ 15:00 – 16:00

A worm farm can be one of the best ways to dispose of food scraps and, at the same time, produce vermi-juice (worm tea) and vermicast (worm castings) for use on the garden. Learn how to set up a worm farm and the easiest methods to manage and care for these most hard-working of creatures.

This workshop will cover both the theory and practice of worm farming in a household setting. It will be useful for those wishing to recycle household food waste in order to produce worm products for use in the improvement of soil in gardens and pot plants.

Discounted worm farms will be available for sale on the day.

Sep
1
Sun
Hurstbridge Market @ Hurstbridge Market
Sep 1 @ 08:30 – 13:00

Entry is $2 and all proceeds go to the CFA, the market’s community partner.

Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Sep 1 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Sep
2
Mon
Nillumbik Garden Club @ Metzner Hall, St Vincent's Care Services
Sep 2 @ 19:00 – 22:00

First Monday of every month except for January and December. At all meetings, doors open 7pm for a 8pm start. There will be plants for sale, raffles, door prizes and supper.

2018 topics
1 Oct: olives and olive trees by David Strutt.
3 Sep: caring for daffodils by Joy Quinn.
5 Feb: summer vegetables by Alan Richmond.

2017 topics
6 Feb: succulent swap.

2016 topics
7 Nov: the local food community, with Guy Palmer.
3 Oct: how to weather proof your garden.
5 Sep: irises, with a speaker from The Iris Society.
1 Aug: sustainable gardening.
4 Jul: community gardens.
6 Jun: liliums.
7 Mar: geraniums and pelargoniums.

Sep
3
Tue
Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Sep 3 @ 19:15 – 21:15

First Tuesday of every month except for January.

2019 Speakers and topics
5 Feb: John Ferris on edible landscapes.
5 Mar: Kathleen Tants on wees and weed control.
2 Apr: Brendan Curtis on zoo horticulture.
7 May: Paul Gale-Baker on wicking beds.
4 Jun: Caleb Armstrong on pharmaceutical herbs.
2 Jul: Lyndall Shaw on proteas and flower arranging.
6 Aug: Barbara Marshal on colour theory and colour combinations in planting; AGM.
3 Sep: Kevin Ritchie on unusual hanging baskets.
1 Oct: Norm Gerraty on growing begonias.
5 Nov: Sandra Verdam on bee-related hands-on activity.
3 Dec: Garden Club on a succulent Christmas.

2018 Speakers and topics
6 Feb: Lydia Heap on re-creating Indigenous Panton Hill; Julie Temple on growing yam daisies.
6 Mar: Michael Tanner on soils – pH and restoration.
3 Apr: Paul Kirkpatrick on potagers – plus specialised tools.
1 May: Robyn Harris on African violets – care and propagation.
5 Jun: John and Joy Quinn on bulbs.
3 Jul: Titch – Flemings on bare-rooted trees.
7 Aug: Steven Wells on therapeutic gardens; AGM.
4 Sep: Hazel and Al Veevers on birds in the native garden.
2 Oct: Cade on beer – from hop seeds to drink.
6 Nov: Pat Anderson facilitating a tomato veggie herb swap.
4 Dec: Mitre 10 Diamond Creek on new garden products.

2017 Speakers and topics
7 Feb: Rachel Bishop on worm farming; Chloe Thomson on the organic products that OCP have on the market.
7 Mar: Bob Yeoman on growing dahlias from seed.
4 Apr: Ryan Young on habitat gardening.
2 May: Attila Kapitany on succulents.
6 Jun: Vaughn Greenhill on landscape design – working with nature.
4 Jul: Pete the Permie on berry fruits.
1 Aug: Jan Morris on protective garden accessories.
5 Sep: Maria Ciavarella on thrifty gardening.
3 Oct: David Redfern on natives grown at Cranbourne – suited to our local area.
7 Nov: Arja Toivanen on taking cuttings (hands-on propagation workshop).
5 Dec: Mark Ludlow on bonsai; Christmas party.

2017 outings
23 Mar: Magical mystery tour.
6 Apr: Marysville garden tour.
22 May: Attila Kapitany’s garden.
17 Sep: Making garden ornaments day & BBQ
25-27 Oct: exploring the Mansfield/ Yea/ Alexandra area.
Nov: Member’s gardens (Sandra, Sue, Rosie, Arja).

2016 Speakers and topics
2 Feb: Lydia Heap on frolicking frogs.
1 Mar: Ryan Young on healthy soils.
5 Apr: Sue Evans on healing herbs of the 1st Fleet.
3 May: Ian Culbard on permaculture design and practice.
7 Jun: Cheryl on miniature landscaping with succulents.
5 Jul: speaker from the Clivea Society on clivea clues.
2 Aug: short talks from local speakers; AGM and 11th anniversary.
6 Sep: Bill Aitchison on acacias for the home garden.
4 Oct: Maria Ciavarella on gardening on a shoestring.
1 Nov: pelargonium and geranium show’n’share.
6 Dec: Melissa Thomas on garden art; Christmas party.

2016 outings
Apr: city gardens including the RMIT roof garden and Fitzroy Gardens.
12-14 Apr: overnight outing to the Daylesford area.
May: Ceres.
Sep: Cranbourne Botanical Gardens.
Oct: Members’ gardens.

2015 Speakers and topics
3 Feb: Peter Miller on mounting plants on boards.
3 Mar: Ken Walker on native & exotic bees.
7 Apr: Sue Aldred on native plants: why & how.
5 May: Maurice Kellet on bromeliads.
2 Jun: Loretta Childs on an iconic local garden.
7 Jul: Local speakers on learning From gardening mistakes.
4 Aug: Greg Bolderson on underground treasures / rare bulbs.
1 Sep: Geoff Crowhurst on a search for old roses around Victoria’s cemeteries.
6 Oct: Doris Pozzi on Nature’s supermarket.
3 Nov: Richard Lee on growing & using Asian greens.
1 Dec: Fun night with trivia games, DVDs & Christmas party.

Sep
5
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Sep 5 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Sep 5 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Click here to read about the garden.

Sep
6
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Sep 6 @ 18:30 – 20:15

Menu (vegan): street food (chaat) plus gulaab jamun (doughnuts).

Cook Indian by the creek came into existence with the idea of breaking the myth that Indian cooking is complex and difficult to nail. In each session, they will share their traditional recipes and go through the step by step cooking process. The classes are held in a private kitchen.

Book by email (cookindianbythecreek@gmail.com).

Sep
7
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Sep 7 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Bees wax wraps @ Allwood Neighbourhood House
Sep 7 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Tutor: Vicki. Learn how to make a bees wax wrap. Using oil and bees wax on cotton fabric, you will create a product that is hygienic and can be used again and again.

Book by phone (9718 2717).

KABUU working bee @ KABUU farm and nursery
Sep 7 @ 13:00 – 17:00

KABUU grow seedlings and microgreens. Richard Lee will give a tour of the farm and tell the story behind KABUU. Depending on the number of people attending, activities may include: moving soil to make new beds; constructing compost bays; making a poly tunnel; making a greenhouse; putting up a wind break; and an introduction to seeding and planting.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Sep 7 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Sep
8
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Sep 8 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Vegan and gluten-free cooking class @ The Beet Retreat
Sep 8 @ 12:00 – 16:00

There will be 5-8 dishes in total. Everything will be vegan and gluten-free and will include staples, mains, desserts, raw and a brunch dish.

Home composting workshop @ Edendale
Sep 8 @ 14:00 – 16:30

Learn how composting, worm farming and the use of particular plants can naturally improve your soil. Discover how to compost and worm farm effectively for the best results. Understand how recycling your household and garden organic waste (including dog poo!) can benefit the life within your soil. Facilitator: Dianne Gordon.

Sep
12
Thu
Living & Learning Nillumbik Community Veggie Garden @ Nillumbik Living & Learning Centre
Sep 12 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Feel free to drop by to have a look at the garden, to find out more and to meet the garden coordinator, Trevor.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) working bee @ Diamond Valley Library
Sep 12 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Are you a keen gardener but don’t have the space you need? Meet other volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden. Plant, harvest and dig to your heart’s content.

Click here to read about the garden.

Sep
14
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Sep 14 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Australian plants expo @ Eltham Community & Reception Centre
Sep 14 @ 10:00 – 16:00

A two-day event on 14th and 15th September by the Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra. Sales of native & indigenous plants, books on related subjects, native flower displays, environmental displays, talks, demonstrations, workshops, giftware and refreshments.

The plant sellers are likely to include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens nursery; Goldfields Revegetation nursery (see plant list); La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery (see plant list); and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

Greensborough Food Swap @ Diamond Valley Library - food garden
Sep 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Cooking seasonal produce with Julie French @ Diamond Valley Library
Sep 14 @ 11:30 – 12:30

Join Julie French as she shows you how to best use the produce in your garden to reduce food waste, save money and enjoy the tasty food that she prepares in the library’s kitchen garden.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Sep 14 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Backyard chooks for beginners @ Edendale
Sep 14 @ 14:00 – 16:00

This workshop will cover the characteristics of different breeds (in order to make a selection that suits your setting and needs) as well as the housing and care of chickens. Participants will leave with the knowledge and confidence to begin keeping chickens and producing their own free-range eggs. This is an adult-focused learning experience and not suited to young children.

Sep
15
Sun
Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market @ Eltham Community Craft & Produce Market
Sep 15 @ 08:30 – 12:30

Specialising in stallholders that produce quality homemade, homegrown and handcrafted products, or selling fresh and tantalising produce.

The Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market is, and has been, a place where the local people can come and enjoy a community atmosphere, eat some tasty food, take home a gift, buy some fresh fruit and veg, listen to good music or find special artistic ornaments or craft work.

The market is situated in one of Melbourne’s most beautiful suburbs and is a perfect starting point for a day seeing the sights of the local Nillumbik Shire. With a bushland setting combined with the back drop of the historic trestle bridge, the market has a country atmosphere and only 25 minutes from the city.

There are stalls ranging from food and wine, to sculpture and local artists. You can wander amongst the stalls enjoying the atmosphere and then take a stroll to the park and have a picnic.

Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Sep 15 @ 09:00 – 13:00
Australian plants expo @ Eltham Community & Reception Centre
Sep 15 @ 10:00 – 16:00

A two-day event on 14th and 15th September by the Australian Plants Society – Yarra Yarra. Sales of native & indigenous plants, books on related subjects, native flower displays, environmental displays, talks, demonstrations, workshops, giftware and refreshments.

The plant sellers are likely to include: APS Yarra Yarra growers; Friends of Melton Botanic Gardens nursery; Goldfields Revegetation nursery (see plant list); La Trobe Wildlife Sanctuary nursery; Natural Plantscape nursery; Sunvalley Plants Nursery (see plant list); and Vaughan’s Australian Plants.

St Andrews Food Swap @ St Andrews Hall
Sep 15 @ 10:00 – 11:00