Organisers of this year’s Edible Gardens festival say the annual green celebration is only growing bigger and better. More than 500 residents and Perth visitors took in the home gardens on display across the weekend this year, with tickets sold out, guaranteeing the festival’s return next year in an even more comprehensive format. Co-ordinators Trevor Paddenburg and Valerie Vallee said the feedback from attendees was “amazing”. The weekend saw “people of all ages and all walks of life coming from across the South West and as far as Perth and further afield in WA for the not-for-profit event”. “We were blessed with some incredible weather and once again we were just blown away by the number of people who are really keen to learn more about soil, food growing and sustainability,” Mr Paddenburg said. “We just love seeing how many amazing community connections were forged between our awesome gardeners, our fabulous team of volunteers, and everyone who attended. “We’re still on a high after the weekend and I think most people who came to see the gardens are, too.” Eleven of the region’s most diverse productive gardens were included in this year’s program. Festivities included hosts and other gardeners giving guided tours and passing on tips for fruit and vegetable growing, building soil health, reducing waste through composting and worm farms, saving water, and outlining other detailed gardening and sustainability-related methods. Ms Vallee said the organisers were nourished by the festival and the clear benefits to those who made the trek. “Whether you’re already growing your own food or want to make a start, the festival is the perfect chance to get up close and personal with experienced green thumbs and tap into an immense bank of local, place-based knowledge to help you on your food-growing journey,” she said. “It’s a real privilege to play a role in connecting community and empowering people with knowledge and inspiration to get their hands dirty, grow their own food, and have fun in the process.” Next year’s festival was already in the planning stages and would hopefully grow to be even bigger, with more home gardeners getting involved and additional seminars.