Visit award-winning food garden
Come for an opportunity to visit an award-winning food garden (2nd place in the ‘Best Edible Garden’ in a City of Ryde Spring Garden Competition 2014) which was recently filmed for the ABC Gardening Australia show (on-air on May 21st 2016).
The garden belongs to the current president of Permaculture Sydney North and was designed with the primary goal to provide the owners with food and medicinal plants.
Visitors will get to see a large suburban food garden with features such as eleven raised vegetable beds (six of which are self-watering), large composting bays and worm farms, a chicken forest, a native stingless bees beehive, insectary gardens, a habitat pond and more.
The garden contains edible and medicinal herbs, a wide variety of annual vegetables grown using crop rotation system, 30+ fruit trees planted along water-holding swales together with perennial vegetables; a banana circle and native plant habitats. The produce is either eaten fresh or preserved in various ways for storage and pickles, chutneys, dried herbs and fermented foods fill the house pantry.
Talks and garden tours
The day will be packed with interesting activities, including talks on permaculture, biodynamics and growing healing herbs. Guided and self-guided tours throughout the garden will answer any technical questions visitors may have about urban food growing and permaculture. While there, you can also talk to experienced folk from Permaculture Sydney North who will be available at a permaculture stall; buy seedlings and cuttings of plants hard to find at mainstream nurseries, or you could just leisurely stroll through the garden, take photos and have a cuppa.
10:00 am – GARDEN OPENS
10.20-10.50am: Guided Garden Tour
- ‘Introduction to Permaculture Gardening for a Sustainable Lifestyle’ by Margaret Mossakowska (the garden’s owner and the current President of Permaculture Sydney North). The talk will cover the basics of Permaculture Gardening and a demo of products made from plants harvested in the garden.
- ‘Biodynamic Gardening’ by Fay Brender (the Director of Biodynamics Sydney) who will present and demonstrate a simple and inexpensive way to improve soil fertility.
12-12.30pm: Guided Garden Tour
- ‘Health and Healing with Garden Herbs’ by Ann Taylor (a naturopathic nutritionist from Sunny Side Health and Wellbeing) will explore multi-purpose, easy to grow herbs and their health supporting properties.
2.20-2.50pm: Guided Garden Tour
3.20-3.50pm: Guided Garden Tour
4:00 pm: GARDEN CLOSES
Permaculture Sydney North
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