Supported by the team at Jeffries the Sustainable Garden Awards is a biennial initiative of the council, showcasing local gardens which make a positive contribution to the environment 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.
Whether you’re an avid gardener or looking to turn over a new leaf there is a blooming great program of free workshops and tours kicking off this Saturday. The program includes 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.
Bugs, Bats and Bees: Kids Workshop
Tuesday 2 October, 10am – 11.30am
St Peters Banquet Hall, 101 Payneham Road, St Peters
Free, bookings essential
The Workshop Program also includes:
Get the Most out of your Patch
Six mini workshops on 1 September
Getting the most out of your patch 10am – 11am
Urban beekeeping 11am – 12 noon
The good soil 12 noon – 1pm
Linde Community Garden Tour 12.30 – 1pm
Bountiful, resilient veggie gardening 1pm – 2pm
Fruit cornucopia, fruit tree care 2pm – 3pm
Sustainable and Pest Free
Four mini workshops on 7 October
Dealing with pests and diseases organically and sustainably 10am – 12 noon
Importance of urban green spaces for wildlife, climate and people 12 noon – 1pm
Sustainable house, sustainable garden 1pm – 2pm
Wicking beds 2pm – 3pm
One of SA’s most popular and enthusiastic gardeners, Sophie Thomson is a well-known author, public speaker and ABC TV presenter. Over the last five years, Sophie and her family have created a remarkable garden on what was once a bare paddock.
Saturday 6 October 10am – 12 noon (bus departs at 9am and returns at 1pm)
Sophie Thomson’s Garden, Hamlyn Cottage, Mount Barker
Award Winning Garden Tour
Join John and Chris on a tour of their award-winning sustainable garden. 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.
Saturday 13 October 10am – 11am
21 Shirley Avenue, Felixstow
St Peters Billabong
Wednesday 17 AND Saturday 20 October
10am – 11am
The Billabong is 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. It’s also home to the Council’s first native bee hotel.
ALL workshops are FREE – bookings are essential.
More information about and bookings for all workshops at www.npsp.sa.gov.au/sga