The Big Little Garden


March 2024

Three years ago, young professional gardener Adam Hancock and partner Phoebe opened their amazing small garden, aptly named the Little Big Garden. Now in a new location they have created their Big Little Garden – also appropriately named because here they have used a small section of a large block to create another equally as spectacular garden.

Adam spent the first winter removing lawn and improving the soil before last summer planting a range of choice, vibrantly coloured perennials and annuals. With his horticultural experience he was able to select varieties and cultivars with fabulous flower colour, excellent growth habit and low water requirements.

The garden is still a work in progress with only a portion of the 1.5acre block yet planted but it is inspiring to see what has been achieved in a short time. In a rectangular area, foliage and flowers spill over onto a network of narrow little sawdust paths that criss cross through the garden beds. Towering above head height are buttery yellow rudbeckia, huge golden sunflowers, bright annual cosmos with their lovely soft lime green ferny foliage, purple verbena and eupatorium. Crammed in amongst and adding more colour are salvias, shasta daisies, gaura, agastache, pink echinacea and zinnias but the scene stealers are the many dahlias with flamboyant flowers in a variety of shapes, sizes and colours. Adam is interested in local flora and has included some indigenous native species.

Surrounded by this pollinator-attracting planting is a central area with vegetables. Trellising supports tomatoes and pumpkins, there are lines of lettuce and sweetcorn and popped in amongst are chillis, herbs and other edibles, all organically grown.

Adam and Phoebe have future plans to develop more of their big block but are allowing a sneak peek at what they have been able to achieve in just over a year.

At 11am and 2pm each day Adam will talk about how he enriched the soil and about the particular plants he has selected for his garden.

Plant sales by Tupelo Grove Nursery.

Size: 1.5 acres

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