Boxed Green to hold free garden workshops to promote sustainable living


Graeme Mitchell and Sue Dempster are on a mission to create 1000 sustainable home gardens.
Graeme Mitchell and Sue Dempster are on a mission to create 1000 sustainable home gardens.

BOXED Green directors Graeme Mitchell and Sue Dempster want to help create 1000 beautiful and sustainable home gardens.

The duo will be at Woodvale Fish and Lily Farm every Saturday in June to provide free garden workshops and advice.

Mr Mitchell said they started the not-for-profit social enterprise through a crowd-funding campaign six months ago, initially delivering native plants for people to establish in their garden but found they lacked the knowledge to follow through.

Their focus is now on helping people introduce native plants and sustainable practices into their existing garden.

“We want people to work with what they’ve got,” he said.

“There are misunderstandings about how to get sustainable outcomes and a lack of knowledge about how to work with native plants.

“It’s not about starting again and it’s not taking away anything, it’s about introducing new possibilities they can use within their garden.”

He said the workshops would show how to incorporate native plants and simple ways of attracting birds and insects, ensuring gardens flourish year round without the need for fertilisers, additives or much watering.

“It’s amazing how quickly they come into the space once you create the environment for them,” he said.

“We’re not as well connected as we could be to our indigenous culture and our native species.

“Our goal is to connect with 1000 gardens so as to demonstrate that nothing more than the sand you start with, a little bit of water in the first year and the rain we get are all you need to have a beautiful garden.”

The workshops will be held on June 4 and 11 at 10am and June 18 and 25 at 2.30pm.