Tuesday, April 13th, 2010
BRANCH out with a free Great Food Gardens workshop at the City of Bayswater on May 4 and learn more about growing food in your own backyard.

From 6.30pm to 9.30pn in the City’s Embleton Room, the Great Gardens team will look at the advantages of growing fruit and vegetables at home, different types of food gardens, the best locations, understanding WA soils and fertiliser tips and tricks.

Other topics include the environmental consequences of current home-grown food gardening practices, using a fraction of the water in your garden and why gardening in WA is different to what’s shown on television.

The workshop, backed up with audiovisual presentations, displays and demonstrations, is designed to be informative and fun while giving participants the chance to learn more about specific food gardening and environmental issues from a team of experts.

Bayswater Mayor Terry Kenyon said the Great Food Garden workshops had been established to help educate people about water conservation and how to use nutrients in the garden wisely, to avoid environmental problems in waterways.

“These three-hour workshops are a great opportunity for people to be inspired to develop a beautiful, sustainable and productive food garden while also saving time and money,” he said.

“They also allow people to find out more about controlling pests and diseases in an environmentally-friendly way.

“Since these workshops started in 2003, more than 42,000 people have attended nearly 500 workshops across the metropolitan area and regional WA, highlighting just how popular they’ve become.”

Great Gardens founder Garry Heady said the workshop is ideal for novices through to people who have been growing vegetables in their backyards for years.

“Our team takes great delight in debunking the many myths about gardening and replacing them with proven techniques that suit WA conditions,” he said.

“Being waterwise is easy when you know these tricks – imagine only having to water once every two three days in summer, instead of twice daily when growing the conventional way.

“We show people how to integrate food production into their daily lives, helping them to cut down on grocery bills.”

“Most people who have attended these workshops have reduced the annual cost of their vegie patches by hundreds of dollars.”

The workshop will also offer free samples, prizes and various gardening product giveaways, along with light refreshments.

Bookings are essential on 1300 36 98 33 or register online at www.greatgardens.info.

The City of Bayswater Civic Centre is at 61 Broun Avenue, Morley.

greatfoodgardens: The Great Food Gardens team – coming to the City of Bayswater on May 4.

File Library

Contact Profile

City of Bayswater

The City of Bayswater is a local government area in the inner north-eastern suburbs of the West Australian capital city of Perth, about 9km north-east of Perth's CBD, and includes the suburbs of Bayswater, Beford, Embleton, Maylands, Morley and Noranda and parts of Mount Lawley and Dianella. It covers an area of 32.8 square kilometres and has a population of 55,801.

Originally, the Bayswater Road District was created in 1897 and, in 1961, it became a shire before attaining City status in 1983. The City of Bayswater is divided into four wards and represented by 11 councillors with the Mayor elected from among the councillors.

Recent developments in the City of Bayswater include the opening of the Galleria shopping centre in 1994, on the site of the old Boans building that burnt down in 1986. Morley is now the largest commercial district outside of Perth and Fremantle and further growth is expected.
Chris Thomas
P: (08) 9272 0923
W: www.bayswater.wa.gov.au


Bayswater WA event what's on Western Australian gardens backyards food vegetables.



More Formats

View QR Code