Growing interest at Victoria Park Community Garden Open Day


Chris Siddaway, Rowena Skinner, Morgot Hayes and Margaret Jordan in the community garden. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d471898
Chris Siddaway, Rowena Skinner, Morgot Hayes and Margaret Jordan in the community garden. Picture: Jon Hewson www.communitypix.com.au d471898

FROM cauliflowers to leeks, people are being invited to learn about growing vegetables at the Victoria Park Community Garden’s Open Day.

The open day will be held at the garden at Read Park on August 20 between 11am and 2pm and will include a sausage sizzle, soup, cakes and plants.

Garden secretary Margaret Jordan said the organisation wanted to encourage people to learn to garden and grow vegetables and herbs.

“The garden was started with assistance from the council to give people living in units or high rise who don’t have much dirt to have the chance to grow their own food,” she said.

“We hold an Open Day every year. Last year’s event was very successful but for the last three years it has rained heavily, so we are hoping for better weather as it’s our one fundraiser for the year. It’s a chance for people to come along and talk about plants.”

Ms Jordan said there was always a turnover of people who used the garden but at the moment all plots were taken and there was one person waiting.

“About 35 people are using the garden. In the past it was mainly retired people but now there are more middle-aged people and families,” she said.

“We are a bit different from other community gardens because we have both allotments and communal areas.”