Wonthaggi Community Garden
An intergenerational community garden for people of all ages and abilities
Veggies 🥦 Berries 🍓 Fruits 🍋
Meet the gardeners and their garden
This community garden has many plots that are managed individually, but there are also some free plots for shared gardening by volunteers. Other tasks such as composting, mulching and building trellises are often shared across garden members according to their skills and interests. In addition to growing food, the community garden also plays host to horticulture students from Bass Coast Adult Learning who learn practical skills to help them in their future careers.
How does your garden grow?
We have tried to ensure that this garden is accessible and tantalising to tempt people of all ages and abilities. This means wide, flat pathways, easy to understand signs, and beautiful flowers to attract people and pollinators! Our garden regularly plays host to a neighbouring children’s preschool group. Children experience the joys of nature and learn about where food comes from. They mingle with volunteer gardeners of all ages, bringing life and laughter to this shared space. The garden is also visited by BCAL and University of the Third Age students who relax in the garden during lunch breaks, while art and photography students get inspiration from the abundance of natural beauty on offer.
What are some of your gardening challenges?
Our location on the highway means that some people do not realise that we are always open for visitors. Keeping the vegetable beds mulched and well-watered can be time-consuming in summer, although that should not be a problem this year with the heavy spring rains!
Be inspired and learn!
The gardeners say: Our entrance sign neatly explains the purpose of community gardens. “Flowers grow in flower gardens, vegetables grow in vegetable gardens, people grow in community gardens”.
There will be free seeds and seedlings to encourage visitors to 'have a grow' at home in their veggie plot or a pot. Weekly working bees are held on Thursday mornings, new members warmly welcomed.
239 White Road, Wonthaggi