The garden sits on the banks of the Yarra River and is built on the old paddock behind the police station, where the local constabulary used to tether the police horses.
There are 24 raised vegetable plots. Communal planting areas feature raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, olive and nectarine trees and many herbs. Citrus trees grow in wine barrels, and an ornamental vine blazes red during autumn. In the late winter, jonquils and daffodils complement the blossoms. In summer, canna lilies hide the water tank and the rose arbour is covered in blooms.
Facilities include water tanks fed by run-off from the neighbouring police station, a glasshouse with an automatic watering system, an equipment shed, a children’s garden (8 little plots), a sandpit and cubby house for visiting children, and a gazebo. A three-bin compost system recycles weeds and clippings into precious compost to enrich the soil.
A food swap is held at the garden on the first Saturday of every month, 9-10am.
The produce from this garden is freely available to any members of public who pass by.
With increasing awareness of climate change, a group of Watsonia residents decided to focus on producing some of their own food in a sustainable way. The Watsonia Library Community Garden has been producing organic food since late 2014.
The garden is based on a design influenced by Permaculture. The three main principles of Permaculture are “Care of the Earth; Care of People; and, Re-distribute Surplus”. By following these ideals, they aim to improve the fertility of our soils while growing a bountiful produce to share with the local community. The garden is a site for sharing and learning as they have regular guest speakers on topics such as seed saving, worm farming, composting and the history of significant trees in Banyule.
The garden area complements other programs offered by the library, for example a workshop on edible weeds and a demonstration from a fire twirling group!
A group of residents meets every Tuesday from 10-11am to tend the garden and to share a cup of tea. It is a social occasion allowing time to share tips on how to grow and prepare home grown produce. The foundations for an effective community garden have been completed with construction of a garden shed, worm farm, compost system, seed saving and raised garden beds. The garden is small in size but significant to those who care for it.
West Brunswick Community Garden and Food Forest has some old roots in Dunstan Reserve dating back to the early 1990s. The spaces were re-developed in 2011 and is now focussed on sustainable gardening, sharing, learning and growing together. The community garden space hosts a local community compost hub, 30 individual plots, a greenhouse, a meeting & shaded seating space, and a large communal gardening area.
There are 125 different trees and plants in a permaculture system. It is an educational space incorporating bushfood planting, semi-tropical planting, orchard space and a variety of other zones. It is always growing.
There are regular meetups:
• Weekly meetup: every Friday, 10am-midday.
• Monthly seed savers meetup: 1st Sunday of every month, from 10am.
• Monthly communal gardening working bee: 2nd Sunday of every month, from 10am.
• Monthly food forest working bee: 3rd Saturday of every month, from 10am.
• Monthly garden and gather: 4th Sunday of every month, 11am-3pm (Mar-Nov) and 9am-1pm (Dec-Feb).
This garden is membership-based (annual fee $10, with additional fees of $25 pa to lease plots). Membership is around 30 people.
The garden involves community members, volunteers, community groups and organisations in a diverse range of ways. It aims to create a welcoming space accessible to all members of our community that offers diverse pathways for people to:
1. Learn – create a sustainable community resource for current and future generations to enjoy.
2. Share – promote and enable social connection within the community.
3. Grow – provide a space for people to come together for a range of community building activities.
4. Heal – provide opportunities for reflection and have opportunities to improve health and wellbeing.
The garden is on land owned by the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development (DEECD), Whittlesea Secondary College. It consists of three types of spaces:
1. Individual and communal plots.
2. A circular reflective space which is used for connection, learning and healing.
3. A garden shed and tea room, and a small portable for administrative tasks and resources.
The garden is membership-based. Membership is a $50 one-off fee plus a yearly subscription fee depending on the size of the garden beds you have access to.
The garden is located in Yarra Bend Park in Kew – the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne. It was started in 2017 as a collaboration between a group of residents from the neighbouring Willsmere Estate and Parks Victoria and provides a place to share a vision of growing our own food, strengthening community bonds and sharing gardening knowledge. They welcome everyone in the community to enjoy the garden, but ask that you respect the produce of individuals.
The garden’s first stage is designed to pay homage to the formal gardens of the neighbouring asylum and the site’s previous history as a kitchen garden that supplied food for the inmates and staff of the asylum. It features a central talking circle surrounded by seats that are designed to encourage conversations and community. Above-ground beds were donated by Bunnings Hawthorn in November 2018 and smaller community herb beds around the inner circle were created with recycled local materials.
Future possible developments include a second set of above-ground beds mirroring the first, a heritage fruit orchard, a garlic farm, more in-ground beds, grapevines, and communal spaces with paving, chairs & tables.