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Saturday, 1st Sep 2018 Saturday, 20th Oct 2018
City Norwood Payneham & St Peters

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The Sustainable Garden Awards is a biennial initiative of the City of Norwood Payneham & St Peters, showcasing local gardens which make a positive contribution to the environment and well-being of our community through sustainability principles, design and innovation. In the lead up to the Award presentations, a series of free workshops will be available to every shade of green thumb.

An exciting program of free workshops and tours kicks off on 1 September with a variety of sustainable gardening topics covered and a special workshop for children who love to learn about the creatures in their own backyard.

The workshops are presented and hosted by expert gardeners committed to sustainable gardening practices and who are ready to share their tips and tricks, and answer all of your gardening questions. Don’t delay, places are limited and bookings are essential.

For information about the Awards, visit: 2018 Sustainable Garden Awards


Free workshops - book now!

Get the most out of your patch workshops

Six mini workshops that will inspire and help you to create a sustainable and productive garden.

There will be give-away prizes at the workshops.

Date: Saturday 1 September 2018
Venue: Linde Community Garden, Stepney Street, Stepney
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Free, bookings essential.

Workshop

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Getting the most out of your patch

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10.00am – 11.00am

Presenter: Nadja Osterstock

Learn how to retrofit your suburban garden into a thriving, resilient and happy place for food plants using the principles of permaculture.

Urban Beekeeping: getting started

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11.00am – 12 noon

Presenter: Sandra Ullrich

Spurred by an alarming decline of the global bee population, urban beekeeping is on the rise to ensure the security of many food sources.

A backyard beehive can dramatically boost the productivity of your vegetable garden and provide you will a source of beeswax and honey, and help improve the biodiversity of your local area.

The good soil

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12 noon – 1.00pm

Presenter: Dr Tim Johnson

Soil quality can make or break a garden. Dr Johnson will discuss common soil problems, provide you with affordable tips to dramatically improve your soil quality, and share creative approaches to gardening in urban areas and why it is so important from a sustainability perspective.

Linde Community Garden Tour

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12.30pm – 1.00pm

Community Garden Tour

Winner of the 2016 Sustainable Garden Award for community garden, the Linde Community Garden provides a place for the community to engage with each other and grow and share organic produce.

The garden showcases smart repurposing of objects; on-site worm farm providing liquid fertiliser; companion planting techniques for pest control, on-site compost bins; stormwater catchment; and solar powered moisture controls to ensure minimal water wastage.

Bountiful, resilient veggie gardening

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1.00pm – 2.00pm

Presenter: Steven Hoepfner

A local urban farmer with a background in commercial farming, Steven’s passion and expertise is to inspire delicious produce to be grown in suburban backyards.

From site selection and soil preparation, to plant selection and propagation techniques, Steven will provide practical tips to get your veggie patch flourishing, simply and sustainably.

 

Fruit cornucopia: fruit tree care

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2.00pm – 3.00pm

Presenter: Steven Hoepfner

A local urban farmer with a background in commercial farming, Steven’s passion and expertise is to inspire delicious produce to be grown in suburban backyards.

Learn how to get the most out of your backyard fruit trees by becoming more attuned to their needs.

Steven will cover site selection, fruit tree pruning, soil health, pest management, watering, propagation and anything else you need to know to ensure your fruit trees flourish.

Sustainable and pest free: workshops

Four mini workshops that will help you manage pests in your garden and provide you with tips to live a sustainable lifestyle.

There will be give-away prizes at the workshops.

Date: Sunday 7 October 2018
Venue: St Peters Banquet Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters
Time: 10.00am – 3.00pm

Free, bookings essential.

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Dealing with pests and diseases organically and sustainably

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10.00am – 12 noon

Presenter: Sophie Thomson

Sustainable gardening is making conscious choices about your actions and the resources you use.

Sophie Thomson, from ABC’s Gardening Australia, will share some simple, effective and safe ways to work with nature to manage garden pests and diseases.

Bring all your questions and stories to share.

 

The importance of urban green spaces for wildlife, climate and people

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12 noon – 1.00pm

Presenter: Dr Jenni Garden

The urban environment is heavily modified, intensively managed, predominantly artificial and increasingly pervasive and enduring.

It is an environment where more than half of the world’s human population live, and surprisingly often supports a high diversity of native plants and animals. However, without appropriate and immediate action, increasing rates of urban in-fill together with a growing population, climate change and often insensitive development practices, will result in unsustainable urban environments which are inhospitable to people and native species.

A specialist in urban, landscape and climate change ecologies, Jenni will provide her insights about the importance of green infrastructure in the urban environments, why collaborative action is important and how you can play a role in creating liveable and resilient cities for the future.

Sustainable house, sustainable garden

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1.00pm – 2.00pm

Presenters: John Boland and Chris Bryant

Winners of the 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards residential category, John and Chris have transformed their Felixstow home from a bare allotment to an award-winning sustainable garden with more than 60 fruit and nut trees which provides them with one third of their food requirements.

The garden is designed for enjoyment, climate control and as a habitat for frogs, birds, bees, butterflies, worms and lizards.


All green waste is reused on site to make compost and the garden is designed to harvest and reuse all of the water that falls on the block through a combination of rainwater tanks and specifically designed trenches.

Hear about their experiments and adventures in creating a sustainable home.

Wicking beds

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2.00pm – 3.00pm

Presenter: Karen Montgomery

Karen is a horticulturalist, garden consultant, workshop facilitator, trainer, garden writer, radio presenter, former CEO of Master Landscapers SA, President of the Horticultural Media Association and heavily involved with the Horticultural Therapy Association and The Rare Fruit Society.

Her Adelaide Hills garden includes a 35m² veggie patch, orchard, berry garden, bee hive and chicken run which she shares with her family, dogs and some visiting possums, koalas and kookaburras.

Karen will share her insights into all things sustainable gardening including wicking beds and how to make free fertilizer.

Bugs, bats and bees: Kid’s workshop

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Hosted by Sophie Thomson

Children will learn all the fun and exciting facts about bugs, bats and bees and why they’re so important to have in your garden. Before the workshop is over they’ll have the chance to get crafty with a special activity.

There will be give-away prizes at the workshops.

 

Details

Date: Tuesday 2 October 2018
Venue: St Peters Banquet Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am

Free, bookings essential.

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Free guided tours - book now!

Sophie’s Patch: Guided tour

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Join Sophie for a tour of her inspiring, sustainable garden as she shares her successes, failures, ideas and experiments. Have a coffee and enjoy some delicious food made with produce from Sophie’s Patch.

One of SA’s most popular and enthusiastic gardeners, Sophie Thomson is a well-known author, public speaker and TV presenter. Over the last five years, Sophie and her family have created a remarkable garden on what was once a bare paddock.

The Patch includes numerous contained spaces as well as a fully productive organic veggie patch, more than 100 fruit and nut trees and what she hopes one day will be a breathtaking, climate compatible ornamental garden.

 

Details

Date: Saturday 6 October 2018
Venue: Sophie Thomson’s Garden, Hamlyn Cottage, Mount Barker Springs
Time: 10.00am – 12 noon

Bus departs 9.00am and returns 1.00pm. Pick-up and drop-off location: Entrance of the Norwood Concert Hall on George Street, Norwood.

Free, bookings essential.

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Award winning garden: Guided tour

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Guided tour of the winning residential garden from the 2016 Sustainable Garden Awards.

Join John and Chris on a tour of their award-winning sustainable garden. John is Professor of Environmental Mathematics, specialising in renewable energy and water supply systems. Chris is an accredited permaculture designer. Together, they produce 30 percent of their food requirements in their garden which also acts as climate control, habitat for frogs, bees, birds and lizards, sanctuary and place for enjoyment.

All green waste is reused on site to make compost and the garden is designed to harvest and reuse virtually all of the water that falls on the block through a combination of rainwater tanks and specifically designed trenches.

 

Details

Date: Saturday 13 October 2018
Venue: 21 Shirley Avenue, Felixstow
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am

Free, bookings essential.

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St Peters Billabong: Guided tour

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Hosted by volunteer group, Friends of the Billabong.

A hidden gem, the St Peters Billabong is a wetland which has been restored to its natural state prior to European settlement.

The adjoining land has been used for a variety of purposes over the years but in recent times the pre-European woodland and grassland communities have been painstakingly re-created using plants that are native to the area. The Billabong is once again a haven for native wildlife and is recognised as an urban biodiversity 'hotspot' on the Adelaide Plains as well as a wonderfully tranquil and beautiful place to visit.

The area is a rare example of a well-preserved, well-restored natural environment and is an interesting and tranquil place to visit. It is also home to the Council’s first native bee hotel.

 

Details

Dates: Wednesday 17 AND Saturday 20 October 2018 (two tour sessions available)
Time: 10.00am – 11.00am
Venue: St Peters Billabong, St Peters

Meet at the River Street carpark, located between 21 and 25 River Street, St Peters.

Free, bookings essential.

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Mary-Anne Siebert, Sustainability Officer
T: 08 8366 4532
E: msiebert@npsp.sa.gov.au