IPD 2014: Open Gardens, Sunday 4th May
8/ 6–8 Donald Ave, Epping Open: 9:30am–noon
Small space Permaculture: A townhouse conversion to Permaculture demonstrating how a small suburban garden can become a more useful, edible landscape, whilst retaining an attractive character.
4 Way Close, Carlingford Open: 10:30am– 2:30pm
Permaculture & suburban living A developing suburban permaculture garden that features swales, a banana horseshoe, guilds, composting, a worm farm, vegetable beds, a citrus grove and more, managed within the context of a typically busy suburban lifestyle.
278 Quarter Sessions Rd, Westleigh Open: 10.30am–3.00 pm
Permaculture on a difficult steep bush block. With a steep small bush block, rock shelves, boulders and a thick eucalyptus forest, this site provides many reasons for not building a garden, but these challenges have provided some creative solutions: water capture, terracing, soil creation and enrichment, on-site green waste management plus classic permaculture design elements.
71 Moree Street, Gordon Open: 1.00pm–4.00pm
A 25 year old organic suburban garden in the process of conversion to a permaculture garden – featuring chickens, espalier, herb spiral, swales, vegetables, fruit trees, ponds, vertical gardening, water harvesting, composting and worm farm.
27 Glenview Street, Greenwich Open: 10am–1pm
A traditional Sydney suburban garden incorporating food production. Raised vegetable beds have replaced the front lawn. The vegetables and fruit are fertilised by 3 chooks in a deep litter system, 4 compost bins and 2 worm farms. This garden shows how fruit and vegetables can be incorporated into a traditional garden.
Permapatch – Lane Cove Community Garden Open: 2–5 pm
Located behind the old Uniting Church, cnr Mowbray and Pacific Highway, Lane Cove/Chatswood. Plenty of parking on site –enter from either road.
A wonderful lush space, growing fruit, vegetables, herbs, chickens, honey, fish; practicing composting, worm farming, companion planting, animal husbandry, community, local action and sustainability; featuring raised beds, rain tanks, multicultural plantings, small space edible garden display, aquaponics system. Guided tours and afternoon tea will available.
The Jessup Elkan Mona Vale House, 8 Bassett St, Mona Vale Open: 10am–noon
This is on a small rise overlooking the beach, and parking is limited. There is ample parking at the foot of the hill leaving a walk of about 50 m to the house.
A great example of how sustainability can be integrated into our everyday lives: a contemporary Australian beach home in harmony with the natural environment and incorporating many sustainable features. Native shrubs have been used exclusively to minimize the need for watering. The back yard features a small grassed area and a small covered vegetable and herb garden.
Permanora – 25 Elanora Rd Elanora Heights Open: 12pm–4pm
A young, developing, evolving garden designed around the principles of Permaculture, covering ~1100m2 of terraced slope. Visitors will be able to see a number of permaculture techniques in use such as companion and guild planting, banana circle, composting, no dig and raised beds, espalier, grafted 'fruit salad trees', native foods, native bees, worm farms, ponds, aquaponics, zonal planting and garden structures made of bamboo and recycled materials.
New Leaf Nursery – 224 Powderworks Road, Ingleside Workshops from: 1pm– 5pm
Topics: Composting, Permaculture, Bees, Soap making, Sustainable building materials
New Leaf Nursery is an exciting new nursery on the Northern Beaches of Sydney specialising in sustainable living that is fun for the whole family. Come and see our great range of backyard chickens, dwarf rabbits, quails and guinea pigs, & lots of coops and hutches to go.
6 Browns Avenue, Enmore Open: 10am–2pm
Urban Permaculture garden - see just how much food you can grow on 1/8 acre within walking distance from Sydney UBD! Chooks, over 50 fruit trees, raised vegetable beds, medicinal, culinary and tea herbs, native bees, rain water, strange plants! Meet some local heroes and participate in a number of activities. $25 donation (children and pensioners free) covers tour, herb teas and a bowl of soup plus a Pc of the last 2012 Permaculture Diary.
Randwick Sustainability Hub – 27 Munda Street Randwick Open: 3pm–5pm
The retrofitted community centre, with its photovoltaic panel array, wind turbine, range of rainwater harvesting and storage examples and its PIG (Permaculture Interpretive Garden) offers ideas you can adapt to your own home and garden. There is a reed-bed toilet and drinking water filter station, where you can fill your water bottles for free.
In the PIG you will find examples of home landscaping, garden water management and food production to stimulate your own efforts in creative living. The PIG is a fine example of the principle of multiple-use in permaculture design, combining a public park and an edible, educational landscape. That makes it an excellent venue for many of the activities on International Permaculture Day 2014: join us for workshops, kids activities, music and tours.
30 Whitehaven Rd, Northmead Open: 12pm–4pm
Come see permaculture principles applied to a typical western suburbs block. We have tanks, grey water system, raised beds all over the place, composting, worm farm, solar panels, food forest and lots of food.
38 Favell Street, Toongabbie Open: 10am–3pm
Permaculture designed kitchen garden includes herb garden, banana circle, chooks, rabbit/guinea pig enclosure, and various composting methods. Permaculture design elements include a swale, herb spiral and keyhole gardens. Features some unusual fruit trees and a variety of root crops where food stored underground can be harvested as needed.