Nillumbik calendar of events

 

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Feb
29
Thu
Edible Hub meetup (Hurstbridge) @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Feb 29 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Looking to feel productive, stay healthy, and contribute to local food resilience? Go along to the community garden on any Thursday morning to meet others for an informal catch up and low-energy gardening session. No experience is required, just a willingness to get your hands dirty and help your fellow community members to sow, plant, harvest, weed, compost, and chat (heavy on the chatting, really). Take yourself, a pair of gloves, and learn how you can help grow food and community.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden get together @ Diamond Valley Library
Feb 29 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Meet their volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
2
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 2 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 2 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
3
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Mar 3 @ 08:00 – 12:30
Hurstbridge Market
Mar 3 @ 08:30 – 13:00

 

Food waste solutions – Bev Middleton @ Edendale
Mar 3 @ 12:30 – 13:45

This outdoor session will explore practical solutions you can use for your food waste.

There will be lots of other climate-related events at the same venue on the same day. See their event list.

Presenter: Bev Middleton. Organised by the Nillumbik Climate Action Team.

Mar
4
Mon
Panton Hill community garden session @ Panton Hill Neighbourhood House
Mar 4 @ 13:00 – 15:00

These meet ups happen during school terms only. You have to become a member, but membership is free and you can join at any time. Bother experienced gardeners and absolute beginners welcome.

Each week, a horticulturalist will talk about some aspect of edible gardening.

Mar
5
Tue
Hurstbridge Sow & Grow Garden Club @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Mar 5 @ 19:15 – 21:15

First Tuesday of every month except for January.

2024 Speakers and topics
Feb: Ben Moore on bees in our gardens.
Mar: Helen Lovel on soil improvement.
Apr: Members Q&A.
May: Betsy-Sue Clarke on gardens from the heart.
Jun: Ros Houston on forest cactus.
Jul: Julie Temple on garden technology.
Aug: Jeff White on ecological psychology and deep nature connection. Also, the AGM
Sep: Garden Express on summer flowering bulbs.
Oct: Jenny Lau on local birds.
Nov: Jenny Hedley on propagating native plants.
Dec: Sandra Verdam and Julie Temple on growing microgreens.

2023 Speakers and topics
Feb: Jane Tonkin on winter and spring bulbs.
Mar: Barbara and Dee on preserving the harvest.
Apr: Fiona and Rown Williams on West Australia wildflowers.
May: Emma Powell on a winning garden design.
Jun: Jenny Lau on local birds.
Jul: Matt Barnes on living soil and biochar.
Aug: Rod Heather on growing and grafting fruit trees.
Sep: Charlotte Harrison on indoor plants.
Oct: Miriam Ford on prostantheras.
Nov: Fiona Williams on pelargonium and geranium swap night.
Dec: Christmas themed evening.

2022 Speakers and topics
Feb: Ben Waite & Barbara Marshall on summer pruning & espalier.
Mar: Robert Dobson on streptocarpus and hosta.
Apr: Jane Tonkin on bulbs.
May: John Harris on Eltham copper butterfly.
Jun: Ravi Sommerhalder on sharpening garden tools.
Jul: Chris Scrase on fuchsias.
Aug: Dusty on rock walls in landscaing & AGM.
Sep: Paul Kirkpatrick on tools for sale.
Oct: Penny Woodward on pest repellent plants, herbs & other organic solutions.
Nov: Flowering plant and veggie seedling swap night.
Dec: Jennifer Sheridan on Christmas wreaths.

2021 Speakers and topics
May: opening your garden/fruit trees and espalier.
Jun: pest repellent herbs and other organic solutions- Penny Woodward.
Jul: garden craft e.g. stone painting – labels, animals.
Aug: AGM and fuchsias – Chris Scrase.
Sep: tomatoes – Penny Woodward.
Oct: inspiring gardens visited.
Nov: seeds, in house/hands on.
Dec: a plant delicious Christmas.

2020 Speakers and topics
4 Feb: Fiona Williams on irises and scented pelagonia.
3 Mar: Robert Boyle on landscape design.
7 Apr: Al & Hazelk Veevers on patterns in nature.
5 May: Travel gardens.
2 Jun: Angelo Eliades on pruning fruit trees – espalier.
7 Jul: Sandi Kogtevs on making scarecrows.
4 Aug: Chris Scrase on fuchsias; AGM.
1 Sep: Penny Woodward on tomatoes.
6 Oct: Sarah Watson on clematis and flowering climbers.
3 Nov: Hands on – sowing, maintenance, potting on.
1 Dec: Helen Lovel on neutrog and biological fertilisers.

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.

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.

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.

Mar
6
Wed
Eltham Neighbourhood House Community Veggie Garden @ Eltham Neighbourhood House
Mar 6 @ 09:30 – 11:30

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

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
7
Thu
Edible Hub meetup (Hurstbridge) @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Mar 7 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Looking to feel productive, stay healthy, and contribute to local food resilience? Go along to the community garden on any Thursday morning to meet others for an informal catch up and low-energy gardening session. No experience is required, just a willingness to get your hands dirty and help your fellow community members to sow, plant, harvest, weed, compost, and chat (heavy on the chatting, really). Take yourself, a pair of gloves, and learn how you can help grow food and community.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden get together @ Diamond Valley Library
Mar 7 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Meet their volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
9
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 9 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Hurstbridge Food Swap @ Edible Hub Hurstbridge
Mar 9 @ 10:00 – 11:00

 

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 9 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
10
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Mar 10 @ 08:00 – 12:30
Homepatch home and garden visit @ Private address to be notified on booking
Mar 10 @ 13:00 – 15:00

See how a family in a typical 1970s suburban home integrates permaculture principles into garden, home, household and community systems, with a focus on energy efficient features.

Organised by North East Region Permaculture (NERP).

Mar
11
Mon
Panton Hill community garden session @ Panton Hill Neighbourhood House
Mar 11 @ 13:00 – 15:00

These meet ups happen during school terms only. You have to become a member, but membership is free and you can join at any time. Bother experienced gardeners and absolute beginners welcome.

Each week, a horticulturalist will talk about some aspect of edible gardening.

Mar
12
Tue
Kitchen garden after school at Garden of Plenty Community Garden (Greensborough) @ Diamond Valley Library
Mar 12 @ 15:45 – 16:45

Dig in the garden, pick fresh veggies and prepare dishes to share and enjoy. Part of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden program.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
13
Wed
Eltham Neighbourhood House Community Veggie Garden @ Eltham Neighbourhood House
Mar 13 @ 09:30 – 11:30

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

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
14
Thu
Edible Hub meetup (Hurstbridge) @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Mar 14 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Looking to feel productive, stay healthy, and contribute to local food resilience? Go along to the community garden on any Thursday morning to meet others for an informal catch up and low-energy gardening session. No experience is required, just a willingness to get your hands dirty and help your fellow community members to sow, plant, harvest, weed, compost, and chat (heavy on the chatting, really). Take yourself, a pair of gloves, and learn how you can help grow food and community.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden get together @ Diamond Valley Library
Mar 14 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Meet their volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
15
Fri
Sri Lankan banquet @ Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House
Mar 15 @ 18:00 – 20:00

Learn how to prepare traditional Sri Lankan street food with fresh produce and lots of spice. The menu will comprise two curries and rice. Then share the meal in the company of others.

Organised by Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House.

Mar
16
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 16 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Greensborough Food Swap @ Diamond Valley Library - food garden
Mar 16 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Grow your veggie garden @ Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House
Mar 16 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Do you know how to prepare and get the best from your garden? Unsure what to plant and when? Go along learn what to do with the land you have, how to best prepare the area and the soil, and what to plant and how.

Organised by Kinglake Ranges Neighbourhood House.

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 16 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Diamond Creek Food Swap (Thrive) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 16 @ 14:00 – 15:00
Setting up a worm farm @ Edendale
Mar 16 @ 14:00 – 15:30

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.

Mar
17
Sun
Eltham Farmers’ Market @ Eltham Mall
Mar 17 @ 08:00 – 12:30
Eltham Community Craft and Produce Market @ Eltham Community Craft & Produce Market
Mar 17 @ 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.

St Andrews Food and Plant Swap @ A Local Baker St Andrews
Mar 17 @ 10:00 – 11:00
Mar
18
Mon
Panton Hill community garden session @ Panton Hill Neighbourhood House
Mar 18 @ 13:00 – 15:00

These meet ups happen during school terms only. You have to become a member, but membership is free and you can join at any time. Bother experienced gardeners and absolute beginners welcome.

Each week, a horticulturalist will talk about some aspect of edible gardening.

Mar
19
Tue
Dumpling demonstration and tasting @ Diamond Valley Library
Mar 19 @ 11:30 – 12:00

The Eltham Chinese Senior Citizens Group will showcase their expertise in crafting Chinese dumplings. This event is a celebration of cultural diversity through the art of cooking, providing an opportunity to learn, share, and savor the rich flavours of Chinese cuisine.

Mar
20
Wed
Eltham Neighbourhood House Community Veggie Garden @ Eltham Neighbourhood House
Mar 20 @ 09:30 – 11:30

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

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
21
Thu
Edible Hub meetup (Hurstbridge) @ Hurstbridge Community Hub
Mar 21 @ 09:30 – 11:00

Looking to feel productive, stay healthy, and contribute to local food resilience? Go along to the community garden on any Thursday morning to meet others for an informal catch up and low-energy gardening session. No experience is required, just a willingness to get your hands dirty and help your fellow community members to sow, plant, harvest, weed, compost, and chat (heavy on the chatting, really). Take yourself, a pair of gloves, and learn how you can help grow food and community.

Click here to read about the garden.

Garden of Plenty Community Garden get together @ Diamond Valley Library
Mar 21 @ 10:00 – 11:00

Meet their volunteer gardeners to share tips and ideas, contributing to the maintenance of the community garden.

Click here to read about the garden.

Mar
22
Fri
Cook Indian by the creek @ Private address
Mar 22 @ 18:30 – 19:30

Menu: samosa and mint coriander chutney.

Book by email (cookindianbythecreek@gmail.com).

Mar
23
Sat
St Andrews Market @ Corner of Kangaroo Ground/St Andrews and Heidelberg/Kinglake Roads
Mar 23 @ 09:00 – 15:00

Dogs not permitted.

Hurstbridge Food Swap @ Edible Hub Hurstbridge
Mar 23 @ 10:00 – 11:00

 

Thrive working bee (Diamond Creek) @ Thrive Community Garden
Mar 23 @ 13:00 – 15:00

Regular working bee. Everyone welcome.

Click here to read about the garden.

Introduction to food photography @ Warrandyte Community Hall
Mar 23 @ 13:30 – 16:30

This class is for food bloggers, bakers, restaurant/cafe owners or anybody who loves food and wants it to look good. It will focus on taking great images of food using your own, or easily obtainable, equipment. It will cover such aspects as: choosing the right lens; choosing the right background, props and accessories; lighting; and software.

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