The Good Life


19 Arthur Street, Prospect

Saturday 20 January 2018
Sunday 21 January 2018

10:00 AM
4:30 PM


A productive garden for modern living: permaculture principles applied to a modest plot to show just how much can be achieved with just two or three hours of gardening a week.

The owner has used a permaculture “forest garden” design to maximise food production and sustainability.

The garden surrounds a 1910 double-fronted cottage with a modern, sustainably-designed extension. Every square metre of the garden is used, including the front. The garden is brimful of interesting and unusual fruit and vegetables.

Along with the usual suspects - citrus, pome and stone fruits, and grape vines - is a range of less common edibles, such as pecan, avocado, banana, mulberry, jujube, babaco, tamarillo, and a fantastic curry tree specimen. A wide variety of annual and perennial edible plants, bamboos and ornamentals is included with the aim of attracting beneficial birds and insects.

The leafy 'chicken orchard' shows how to run chickens in a relatively small space; a grey water system irrigates large areas of the garden; other standout features include the gabion wall dry herb garden and the use of recycled and sustainable materials.

The owner is keen to share his knowledge and passion with fellow gardeners and will 'walk and talk' with visitors at 11am and 2pm each day to explain the key features of the garden.

Please note: while prams and wheelchairs are welcome, narrow spaces and mulched/gravelled walking surfaces may make access to many parts of the garden difficult.

Permaculture workshops, walk and talk each day: 11am and 2pm.

Size: 700sqm.

The nominated charity for this garden is Red Cross Australia.


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