Chance to see busy gardens

Augusta Margaret River Times
Edible Gardens organisers Jema McCabe, Valerie Vallee and Trevor Paddenburg.
Camera IconEdible Gardens organisers Jema McCabe, Valerie Vallee and Trevor Paddenburg.

Some of the region’s most productive food gardens will open to all at the end of this month.

Eleven sites will be open to the public for the Open Edible Gardens Weekend on May 29-30. After a four-year break since the last outing, organisers and keen gardeners Jema McCabe, Trevor Paddenburg and Valerie Vallee said the gardens on display were as varied as their owners, with many of them based on permaculture principles which involved composting, worm farms, using nets, and finding ways to improve fertility, upcycle, save water, and use animals in the process.

“It’s a great chance for anyone interested in growing their own fruit and vegetables to see some amazing properties and meet the talented gardeners who created them,” Ms McCabe said.

“Even experienced food growers will pick up some new ideas and new tips. We’re really excited to bring this event back for the community to get involved in.

“If you’ve ever wanted to grow your own healthy and delicious food, this is your chance to find out how.”

Among the sites are the Margaret River Primary School’s vegie garden and the Margaret River Regional Environment Centre.

Tickets are $20 to access all 11 sites, with entry for under-18s free.

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