At Diamond Valley Library, Civic Drive, Greensborough.
Diamond Valley Library is very pleased to have developed their no-dig garden to the ‘Garden of Plenty Community Garden’ to further engage the community in sustainable living. The garden is open to the public 6 days per week and provides a valuable place of engagement, education and participation in sustainable living practices. The produce is available to be shared by the community and also to engage the concept of food sharing. It is a place which is open to all to enjoy either planting, harvesting or tending the garden. The installation of four wicking beds, with the help of Diamond Creek Men’s Shed, has meant the produce is thriving in all conditions and the boxes are at a great height for all to enjoy.
The garden has inter-generational appeal with programs including: storytimes to kindergartens and schools; workshops with schools with an environmental focus; monthly workshops to the general community; and a monthly food swap. The production of a number of food sources are also shared with the community, not only in the garden, but at events such as the Home Harvest Festival. St Helena Secondary students have also added an exciting art component to the garden, with the design and construction of a sculpture which was unveiled at the official opening in 2014.
Associated regular events:
- Working bee – every Thursday, 10-11am.
- Food Swap (currently in abeyance) – 2nd Saturday of the month, 10-11am.
Huge thanks to:
- Rachel Bishop and Robyn Currie, for their expert advice on all things garden.
- Diamond Creek Men’s Shed, for the installation of the wicking beds.
- St Helena Secondary students plus teachers Brian Daniells & Catherine O’Donoghue, for their tireless work in the design and construction of the sculpture.
- Felicity Gordon for the signage.