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From the garden to the plate

Seventeen local landholders now have the taste for designing edible gardens after participating in a Designing Edible Landscapes workshop, held recently at the SAGE Community Garden at Moruya.

The workshop was organised by South East Local Land Services with funding from Catchment Action NSW.

Land Services Officer, Peter Gow said the event focussed on how to design a practical, edible landscape that is productive and beautiful.

“Participants gained an understanding of the basic design process and discovered the plant species that can be used as both food and landscape plants, as well as native species that are suitable for windbreaks,” Mr Gow said.

“The program included short walks around the SAGE Community Garden to better understand landscape design principles and the suitable species to plant.”

Local landscape architect Stuart Scobie, who has 27 years’ experience in the public and private sectors in Australia and the United Kingdom, presented at the workshop.

“Stuart has a passion for promoting and encouraging the growing of good, sustainable food with particular emphasis on heirloom seed production,” Mr Gow said.

Suzzanne Gray from Mossy Point said a feature of the workshop was the opportunity to learn about some design theories, then being able to walk the grounds and see and discuss the different design options and why they were used.

“Skills learned about property design can be applied to backyard gardens or larger rural properties,” Ms Gray said.

Designing Edible Landscapes leads into the Native Plants for Habitat workshop which is planned for Wednesday, 13 April. Local horticulturist, Wendy Jones, will talk about how to improve garden diversity to attract insect eating birds.

Mr Gow said this workshop will explore ways to implement these concepts in an urban garden or on a rural property.”

“Diverse garden habitat means a healthy backyard,” Mr Gow said.

“The event will be hands on and participants will create a small garden for wildlife habitat at the SAGE community garden. Indigenous and other native species will be used in the planned garden site.”

For more information please contact Peter Gow, South East Local Land Services, Batemans Bay on 4475 1001.

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Media contact:  Peter Gow, 02 4475 1001