Saturday and Sunday 7 and 8 September 2019
Grow your own – food metres not kilometres
All the information to plan your garden visits
A great collection of eleven edible gardens will be open to the public on the weekend of 7 and 8 September 2019 as part of the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival. Visiting some or all of these gardens is a great way to learn and get motivated for our new growing season.
Three schools are participating for the first time this year: Taradale Primary School (Stephanie Alexander garden), Macedon Primary School and Our Lady of the Rosary Primary. Their students are experiencing the joy of growing their own food and eating it too.
Some gardens have been showing each year such as the popular garden of Jan and Doug McIver. You can ask Jan anything about gardening – she can demonstrate many sustainable ways of using local resources for example the importance of hugelkultur in keeping moisture and nutrients in the soil. We call her the “Raspberry Queen” as she has a substantial patch of raspberries and is happy to give away raspberries and plants to everyone especially at the community produce swap held by the Kyneton Transition Hub at the Kyneton Farmers’ Market.
The Kyneton Edible Garden is in the grounds of the Kyneton Community House and its produce is used for the Community Lunches every Wednesday during school terms at the Kyneton Mechanics Institute. Just $5 donation for a yummy local two course meal with great company as well.
There are new gardens such as Zen’s memorial garden, which is named after a much loved family member. The garden has grown up since the 1980s with the Upper Coliban Reservoir as a backdrop. It includes farm animals, an orchard and much more.
Ken and Moira Hourigan will open their large garden where vegetables flourish amongst the ornamentals and obviously enjoy their company. Seeds and cuttings for edible plants are nearly all obtained from neighbours, family and friends.
Lyn Godfrey is demonstrating her very small edible garden and has great ideas for those who don’t have a lot of room.
Nea Gyorffy, organiser says “We encourage visitors to learn and exchange ideas about growing sustainable, organic edible plants. Working edible gardens are not necessarily pretty but are all about maintaining productive, rich soil, producing fresh food without using chemicals and reducing the cost of food but not compromising quality…and enjoying a healthy lifestyle.”
Visiting Open Edible Gardens helps you find inspiration to get out there and grow your own food – be it in a large vegetable garden or orchard, in a small garden or grow them amongst the ornamentals. It is a great way to help you learn how to improve your soil, ways of water saving, composting, companion planting, Hugelkultur, wicking beds and more.
Growing your own food is now more important than ever for freshness, knowing its origin and keeping low food miles. Nea says “It is incredibly satisfying when you can step out your door and pluck a juicy eggplant or zucchini from the garden and prepare it for your meal.”
The two Taradale gardeners Jane and Colleen have formed a local produce exchange which helps gardeners swap excess edibles and is great for those looking for local, fresh food.
Bunjil Farm is introducing a market garden this year so you can see how the garden is being planned and managed from the beginning.
All information about the times and locations is on the Kyneton Daffodil and Arts Festival and KTH brochures which are in many local shops now, and the Kyneton Mechanics Institute, the official information centre during the Festival. More information at Kyneton Daffodil Festival Website, Kyneton Transition Hub Website and both facebook pages. Or download your own brochure below.
(Please note our original post had some incorrect times for gardening openings but this is now the corrected version).
Detailed times and addresses below (right click to open in new tab).
If you prefer a pdf version, please open here: Open Edible Gardens 2019 DL_FINAL