Our community garden sits on the banks of the Yarra River in the lovely village of Warrandyte, Victoria, Australia. Now a suburb of Melbourne, the township is famous for its goldmining history, bushland, wattle and cherry blossom, artist trails, wildlife, and heritage buildings.
The garden is built on the old paddock behind the police station, where the local constabulary used to tether the police horses.
There are 25 raised vegetable plots plus two higher planter boxes for people who have difficulty bending due to injury or disability. Communal planting areas feature raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, olive and nectarine trees and many herbs. Citrus trees grow in wine barrels, and an ornamental vine blazes red during autumn. In the late winter, jonquils and daffodils complement the blossoms. In summer, sunflowers hide the water tank and the rose arbour is covered in blooms.
Facilities include water tanks fed by run-off from the neighbouring police station, an equipment shed, a sandpit and cubby house for visiting children, and a gazebo. A three-bin compost system recycles weeds and clippings into precious compost to enrich the soil.
Every member has access to a range of garden tools and a place to store their own gear. Members also participate in visits to the garden by local schools, community groups and classes run by the Neighbourhood House.