Gardens have become a very popular trend in the Australian capital, with many locals turning their back on the traditional layout for new residents and those seeking the opportunity to grow their own food.
Read moreRead more’I have always had a passion for gardening, and I started the garden a few years ago,’ said Mr Kenilworth, who is the son of a retired gardener.
‘I have grown up with the idea that we’re supposed to be a garden, so it’s great to be able to have a home garden, and it makes it a little easier to go out and get something out of it, like a salad, and some fruit and vegetables.’
I’ve always wanted to be in a place where I can walk around and see people and see their gardens.’
The gardens are quite different to the homes that I’ve grown up in.’
When I was growing up in New South Wales, my family would take me to see the gardens, and if I wasn’t able to go in, they would bring me things like apples and strawberries and other vegetables that I couldn’t grow in the garden.’
With the new layout in Melbourne, I feel that’s a great way to get a feel for the place.”
It’s a little bit different’Gardeners can grow their plants from seed, or they can order them from garden centres, and order the gardener to cut out the top layer of the plants to ensure they do not clog up drainage channels and other waterlogged areas.
The gardeners then use an irrigation system to bring the plants water from a reservoir.
Read more ‘I think the first time I went out to the garden, it was a bit different.
I was looking at some of the different plants, and the first thing that came to mind was the boll weevil, and that’s the thing I was really interested in,’ Mr Kenlworth said.’
It looked really cool, but it was still very much the same thing: a boll, a berry bush and a bit of a tree.’
So it’s nice to be given a little break to go through a few of these plants and see what they’re all about.’
Gardener and gardener-in-residence, Peter Tindall, said it was important to be flexible and adapt to the changing climate.’
There’s a lot of different types of plants that you can grow,’ he said.
‘You can get a really good feel for how many berries you need to get by by looking at how many flowers you need and what kind of plants you want to have.’
And the plants have different needs in different areas of the city, so you can make a decision on where you’re going to grow them.’
But I think the biggest thing is to have the flexibility to see what you want your garden to look like.”
I like the idea of being able to look at the trees in my garden and not have to worry about watering them and the water in the reservoirs.
I love the idea to see how the different types look and the different water conditions.”
There are more things to do in Melbourne than in New York, I love Melbourne’Peter Tindell, gardener and garder-in resident at Gardeners Garden in Melbourne’I love the way the gardens look, I like the flowers, I can do a lot more gardening in Melbourne.’
Mr Tindells gardens are spread out across the city.
‘It’s easy to get lost in the city and find yourself in a very narrow street, and so the gardens are really a very different experience,’ he explained.’
You get to see more of the water and you can see more flowers and the trees are more open, and they look a lot better than they did a few months ago.”
Gardening is about being part of the community, and being involved in the community.
You can’t do it without being part.’
Read moreThe gardeners said they were delighted with the new garden layout.
‘The gardens have a lot to offer and I love that I can take the time to learn and make sure I’m making the right decisions for the whole community,’ Mr Tindalls said.
‘There is a lot going on with the city right now, so I really appreciate having the time and space to work on my garden.”
The idea of getting a garden in Melbourne is amazing and it gives me a chance to see it and do things that I might not normally do.”
We all grow differently, but the Gardeners are trying to encourage everyone to make the most of their gardens.’
‘The whole city is in a great mood and the garden is making me feel a bit more at home.’
We’ve been here for over two years now and have grown quite a bit.’Grow