The garden is always changing. For example, since the above photo was taken, a native flowering garden has been planted to attract pollinators.
We are steadily working towards our ambitious goal of installing an accessible composting toilet on site — a vital development to improve everyone’s experience using the garden — an addition requiring significant funding.
Also in our plans when funding is secured, is paving from the front garden, right throughout “the roof” area and into the backyard, which will also improve the accessibility of the garden.
The garden is often used for social events, which are becoming more popular. A mobile, food safety compliant kitchen is also on the wish list to help us better cater for our guests.
The front garden demonstrates how we can use perennial species to create an attractive and aromatic street-facing garden while still producing food, while the backyard focusses on growing vegetables for the kitchen using waterwise wicking beds.
“The roof” area represents the house and is where we hold the theory sessions for workshops, committee meetings, discussion panels such as our annual “Chew the Fat” event and serves as the dance floor for our social events. It also collects rainwater and solar energy.
Another item on the wish list is to fully net the orchard and incorporate chickens into the food production mix.
We’ve come a long way since 2009, but we still have a long way to go.