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Planning in your Garden

Planning in your Garden

October 27, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duncraig Edible Garden, Duncraig WA 6023, Australia

How do you make decisions about your gardening?

This workshop will help you to decide what to do in your garden, and when.
*How to tell if advice applies to your garden.
*Informed questions to ask and adapt to your situation.
*Understand the reasons behind the choices,
*How to prepare your garden for seasonal changes.
*When to plant which things, and where.

Cost $5

Healthy Wetlands Gardening Session

Healthy Wetlands Gardening Session

October 27, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, Leach Hwy & Murdoch Dr, Winthrop WA 6155, Australia

Join Garry Heady from Beyond Gardens for waterwise expert gardening tips that help keep your garden in full bloom and our wetlands looking healthy at the same time. Topics covered include minimising nutrient use and run-off, conserving water, supporting biodiversity and habitat creation, with reference to our local Melville wetlands.

Cost $5

Creating a water-wise habitat garden

Creating a water-wise habitat garden

October 24, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Lakelands Community House, 20 Dalona Pkwy, Lakelands WA 6180, Australia

To celebrate National Water Week, join Greening Australia to learn about the benefits of habitat gardens that require minmal watering whilst creating refuges for local fauna.

Workshop includes background knowledge about critters in your yard, start designing your own habitat garden and a garden visit to see firsthand the different water saving and habitat components.

Free event.

Learn how to compost

Learn how to compost

October 20, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm
Yoga on the Farm, 48 Feast Rd, Mardella WA 6125, Australia

” Don’t Waste it! Compost It!
Learn how to compost food waste and reduce your waste by up to 50%.

Compost is organic matter that has been decomposed in a process called composting. This process recycles various organic materials otherwise regarded as waste products and produces a soil conditioner. Compost is rich in nutrients.

This short workshop includes a short lecture, take home notes and a demonstration of how to make your own compost at home.

Worm Castings and leachate will be available for sale at this workshop.
Cost: $25
Booking essential by Wednesday 17th October.

Habitat Gardening and Breakfast with the Birds

Habitat Gardening and Breakfast with the Birds

October 20, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Piney Lakes Environmental Education Centre, Leach Hwy & Murdoch Dr, Winthrop WA 6155, Australia

Help celebrate National Bird Week and prepare for the Aussie Backyard Bird Count with experts from Birdlife and Greening Australia.

Learn about local birdlife and how you can plan and develop your garden to create bird-friendly habitat. Listen to guest presenters and take part in hands-on demonstrations and a guided habitat garden walk.

A delicious and eco-friendly brunch will be served for those in attendance.
This is a free event but bookings are essential.

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

Your Garden with Josh Byrne

October 18, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Canning River Eco Education Centre, Kent St & Queens Park Rd, Wilson

October 23, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The Agonis, 2232 Albany Hwy, Gosnells WA 6110, Australia

November 7, 2018 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
The RISE, 28 Eighth Ave, Maylands

This free workshop series provides Perth residents with the ideas and inspiration to create a successful garden while doing your bit to help protect the Swan and Canning rivers.

Hosted by ABC TV Gardening Australia presenter and environmental scientist Josh Byrne, this event showcases the latest ideas in environment-friendly gardening and provides participants with the practical information needed to get the best results from their garden.

The City of Canning Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions event features River Guardians Program Manager Jason Menzies and his work with the Swan and Canning river dolphins and the Reel It In fishing line bin project.

The City of Gosnells event features UWA Adjunct Research Fellow, Christine Groom and her work with WA’s endangered Carnaby’s Cockatoos.

The City of Bayswater event will feature Jeremy Maher, Manager Sustainability & Environment at the City of Bayswater and his work rehabilitating the Eric Singleton Bird Sanctuary.


Create a Verge Garden

Create a Verge Garden

October 13, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
The Meeting Place Community Centre, 245 South Terrace, South Fremantle WA 6162, Australia

Start creating your own verge garden! Join Greening Australia for this hands-on workshop and learn how to create a sustainable verge habitat that will be an urban oasis for local bird life. The workshop includes a presentation on local birds and their habitat, garden design and examples of which plants to use. There will be an optional visit to a local verge garden. Afternoon tea will be provided.

Free workshop.

Waterwise Gardening

Waterwise Gardening

October 13, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Cannington Library, Cannington Leisureplex, 233 Sevenoaks St, Cannington WA 6107, Australia

This free presentation looks at the need to create a more waterwise garden by using the right soils, adding mulch, using your irrigation correctly, hydrozoning and choosing waterwise plants. With almost 50% of household water being used in the garden you will be sure to get practical advice, meaning long term water savings.

Worm Workshop

Worm Workshop

October 11, 2018 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Atwell Community Centre, 9 Lombe Gardens, Atwell 
Cost $5

October 13, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Darius Wells Library and Resource Centre, Chisham Ave & Robbos Pl, Kwinana Town Centre

This Worm workshop, presented by Kevin Smith from The Worm Shed, features a presentation covering all aspects of worms, worm farming and the roles worms play in recycling and waste management. This is followed by an informal question time and a practical demonstration in setting up, operating and maintaining a worm farm.

Worm Farms, Worms, Castings & WormWiz will be available for purchase at the workshop. City residents can purchase either Worms or a fully established Worm Farm package (including worms) at a discounted price.

Bookings essential!

Improving Your Soil and Increasing the Nutrients in Your plants Using Biochar

Improving Your Soil and Increasing the Nutrients in Your plants Using Biochar

October 10, 2018 @ 7:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Roleystone Neighbourhood Family Centre, 19 Wygonda Rd, Roleystone WA 6111, Australia

There are many different soil improvers on the market today and it can be pretty confusing working out how they might benefit your garden, how they can be used and why they work. One that has received a lot of publicity over the last few years is Biochar. Biochar is one of nature’s miracles and possibly the best soil amendment available to us, but is virtually unknown by many of today’s gardeners.

Biochar reduces nutrient loss from soils by acting as a high-carbon soil conditioner that increases the water- and nutrient-holding capacity of your soil. This means it is especially useful in pots and garden beds. It also creates habitat for microbes and mycorrhizal fungi which add to soil health, as well as locking carbon into the soil and thus reducing greenhouse gas emissions. In the garden, biochar works best when combined with compost and other organic fertilisers.

At the October 10th meeting of Roleystone Organic Growers, Haydn Gunningham of Soil Amendment Products will explain how biochar works, as well as how to apply it to save water usage and fertiliser bills whilst producing stronger, healthier fruit, veggies and lawns. Until recently there has been no local suppliers of Biochar at a reasonable price. That has all changed and we now have the opportunity to enhance our own gardening results with a local, ethically produced biochar. Haydn will tell you how you too can get amazing results in your garden.

Entry $3. Enquiries to Lisa 9399 2312.

Grafting and propagation

Grafting and propagation

October 7, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Tass 1 Trees, 166 Wilson Rd, Middle Swan WA 6056, Australia

Ever wanted to graft your own plant? Grow your own rootstock? Create multi-grafted plants? Welcome to our grafting and propagation workshop, held on October 7, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Tass 1 Trees.

At this workshop, Joe Tassone will show you how simple grafting is with practice. Learn to do chip/bud, cleft and top grafts and discuss other grafting related issues.

Swan Valley Happenings Financial members: $30.00
Non-members: $35.00
Workshop + membership: $55.00

Book your spot via the website.

Kalamunda Garden Festival

Kalamunda Garden Festival

October 7, 2018 @ 8:00 am – 1:00 pm
Kalamunda WA 6076, Australia

A garden festival in the heart of Kalamunda to celebrate all aspects of gardening, sustainable practices and horticulture.

A selection of stalls and displays offering local businesses an opportunity to share their gardening, horticultural and sustainable innovations.

Guest speakers to be scheduled in the Village Square Hall.

Don’t forget to wander through the adjoining Kalamunda Farmers Market and buy great produce and value added products.

All About the Bokashi Composting System

All About the Bokashi Composting System

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 3:30 pm
BAYSWATER FAMILY CENTRE INC, 53 Murray St, Bayswater WA 6053, Australia

Back due to it’s popularity, learn all about Bokashi from a Bayswater local who makes the bulk Bokashi mix for Environment House. You will also put your hands to work making Bokashi mix on the day.
Taeko’s enthusiasm for Effective Microbes and using them to compost your waste into a high value product is infectious. Taeko has identified the most effective way to operate a Bokashi Composting System and will also explain how to make your own Bokashi mix, injecting the micro-organisms you need in this anaerobic composting system.

Environment House volunteers have already done this workshop and everyone took a lot away from it, even those of us who have used a Bokashi system for many years.

Cost $12

Festival of Forgotten Skills

Festival of Forgotten Skills

October 6, 2018 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
Glen Forrest Community Garden, 56 Hardey Rd, Glen Forrest WA 6071, Australia

Free hands-on event. Workshops, activities and PIZZA. Learn old skills, play old games. Fun afternoon with no money, no power, no waste.

Hosted by Glen Forrest Community Garden.

Mushroom to Mushroom Workshop

Mushroom to Mushroom Workshop

October 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am
BAYSWATER FAMILY CENTRE INC, 53 Murray St, Bayswater WA 6053, Australia

Join Urban Kulture in their never ending tour of Australia as they bring you a wonderful presentation and hands-on skill development in gourmet mushroom cultivation… Learn how to grow your own Oyster mushrooms as we take you through the steps of mushroom cultivation, with a focus on using urbanly available waste products all in a fun and friendly environment!

Our workshop covers the production of mushrooms using non sterile techniques. You will learn about all the steps involved in mushroom production, from making cultures, to creating spawn and fruiting substrates. We will teach you to create your own cultures using nothing but waste stem butts from fresh mushrooms, and how to make mushroom spawn from recycled paper pellets and fruiting blocks using five different urbanly available substrates: Cardboard, Paper Pellets, Hardwood Pellets, spent coffee grounds and straw!!

Cost: $110

Edible Weeds Forage – Perth City Farm

Edible Weeds Forage – Perth City Farm

September 30, 2018 @ 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

Would you like to have access to free nutritionally dense food, Right at your doorstep?
All around us are growing some incredible plants that are better for you than the vegetables you are striving to grown in your veggie garden. And in some cases they are healing and highly prized medicinal plants or considered gourmet in other cultures. Yes I’m talking about weeds… Edible Weeds.

The weeds in your garden are probably growing like crazy. If you would like to spend your weekends weeding than this workshop is not the place for you. In this workshop we teach you to understand your weeds, giving you simple organic solutions to your weed control problem, No more need to spray harsh and harmful chemicals that can damage your families health.

Learn more about your weeds and learn what the weeds are telling you about your soil and eco system.

Learn what weeds to prioritize the removal of and which are useful.
Learn hands on strategies to deal with your “weed problem”.

Edible weeds light lunch freshly foraged included!
Tickets $50

Organic Gardening Workshop

Organic Gardening Workshop

September 30, 2018 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Perth City Farm, 1 City Farm Pl, East Perth WA 6004, Australia

Join us for a fun morning of Organic Gardening Information!

In a world where the future is uncertain and for most of us money is tight we need to prepare ourselves for self-sustainability as best as we can.

Learning how to grow your own food for at minimal cost is a skill everyone should have. At our workshop you will learn these skills and more, preparing you for your future.

At our organic gardening workshop you will learn the skills to grow food for the rest of your life, at a minimal cost. These lessons will help you get maximum yields out of your vegetable patches and increase your health and vitality.

Things we will cover in this workshop:
-What happens to conventionally grown food and why it is best avoided
-Vegetables you can regrow for free from scraps you would normally throw away
-Growing superfoods for free
-Growing spices for free
-Seed Saving and storing for free lifelong supplies of seeds
-Harvesting your produce for extending the life span of your vegetable patch
-Storing and preserving your abundant harvest for a longer supply
-Companion planting tips
-Edible weeds – Free salad anyone?
-Soil Health
-Organic Pest Control
-Organic Fertilizers

The course comes with a workbook with detailed instructions on the methods of organic gardening. I will also be providing a light lunch of delicious nutritionally dense organic superfoods, incorporating things I have grown at home in my kitchen or garden.

To secure your spot purchase your ticket via the link, be quick as numbers are limited.

Cost: $50

Introduction to Permaculture Design course

Introduction to Permaculture Design course

September 30, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Fremantle Environmental Resource Network, 26 Montreal St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Come and gain a clearer understanding of permaculture by coming along to this one day Introduction course.
You’ll have fun with the interactive facilitation styles, whilst discovering the foundational ethics and principles of permaculture, you will gain some basic design tools that you can start applying to your own life straight away.

Topics covered: History, Elements, Zones, Sectors, Patterns in Nature,Social permaculture and a practical opportunity to start designing.

If you’ve been thinking about taking a Permaculture Design Certificate course (PDC) and not sure about taking that leap, the Introduction to Permaculture is a good taster and may help you decide whether a PDC is for you.

Course Cost: $80.00 per person
BYO food
Tea and coffee provided

What The Soil?

What The Soil?

September 29, 2018 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
The Organic Cafe, 926 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park

October 21, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
The Organic Cafe, 926 Albany Hwy, Victoria Park

Soil is THE MOST important thing in any garden, and it is the most likely thing you will get wrong if you don’t have success.

SOIL MATTERS. In the vegetable gardens we do consultations on 9/10 times the issue is soil related: there is a good chance the problem you are having in your garden come back to the soil in one way or another.

Soil health is like gut health… the whole vegetable gardens well being depends on it. The plants get their nutrients from the soil, and you from the plants. So really the soil is the KEY to yours and your precious families health.

In this workshop we will address the soil and how best to treat and tend to it, creating self-sustaining ecosystems and self-sustaining vegetable gardens. This is your key to success in your garden.

Workshop includes take-home notes and recipes for soil success.

Tickets $50

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

How to Start an Organic Vegetable Garden

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm
Organic Cafe, East Victoria Park, 926 Albany Hwy, Perth WA 6101, Australia

Have you ever wanted to build your own vegetable garden but are not sure where to start? Or perhaps your first attempt was a #epicfail ?

Well, then this is the workshop for you.
Join Carla Weir and the team from Gaias Organic Gardens as they share with you all of the tips for building a successful organic garden.

We share with you all of the trick and tips of the trade so that you can have wonderful fresh organic nutrient dense produce right at your back door.

Topics we will cover:
– Sun- Understand Sun and how to get the aspect of your garden right in both summer and winter
– Soil- How to get this essential step right- and how to keep it healthy for ongoing results
– Seed and Seedlings- What to look for when purchasing
– Watering Systems- Drip or Sprinkler
– Which type of garden bed is best for which scenarios
– Raised Bed or Dig into the ground?

We will also address:
– Wicking Beds
– Composting
– Companion planting

There will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions about your garden and receive the guidance you need to get your set up correctly.

Take home notes provided.
Cost $50

All Things Waxy, Buzzy & Sweet workshop

All Things Waxy, Buzzy & Sweet workshop

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Duncraig Edible Garden, Duncraig WA 6023, Australia

A workshop where we will be making bees wax coated cotton wraps, wax coated fruit and vegetable bags and bees wax lip balm.

Also present will be an Apiarist, who will give an introduction to Beekeeping, some information sheets to take home and some fresh organic honey to taste. There might be minor changes to content convered in the workshop that we will announce closer to the date.

You will be able to purchase packs of cotton bags, cotton sheets and wax to take home with you if you would like to make them at home for a small donation.

Please note there will be no bees brought to the garden so no risk of stings to anyone (there may be random bees flying around in the garden as they are free to do so and pollinate out plants).

Tickets $10. Please purchase 2 tickets ($20 total value) for a family attending the event.

Learn to building and maintain an IBC Wicking Garden Bed

Learn to building and maintain an IBC Wicking Garden Bed

September 29, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Fremantle Environmental Resource Network, 26 Montreal St, Fremantle WA 6160, Australia

Learn how to convert an IBC / bulky tank into a wicking garden bed, where to buy or salvage materials, how to use and maintain a container wicking garden.

Refreshments and handouts provide, please BYO lunch for during the workshop
$30 p/p ($25 for FERN members – you can sign up on the day)

Community Garden Produce Swap & Share

Community Garden Produce Swap & Share

Oct 6, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Nov 3, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Dec 1, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
RCNC Community Garden, Humphreys St, Lockyer, Western Australia

Come along to our monthly Produce Swap & Share! All welcome, bring excess produce, seeds, seedlings, cuttings, jars etc. Anything a suburban gardener might want or need! Or just come along for some interesting conversation, local knowledge and information. Cups of tea and coffee provided but please feel free to bring along some morning tea to share 🙂

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share

November 25, 2018 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Swan Valley Gourmet B&B, 1056 Great Northern Hwy, Baskerville

Hate waste? Want to share seeds, plants, herbs, cuttings, excess produce, home-made stuff?

If that sounds like you, come along to the Swan Valley Swap Shuffle Share at 10am at West Swan Hall, opposite Mash Brewery, Henley Street and Park Street on the West side of the road.

We have heaps of fun – you can meet like-minded people and share a cuppa! Bring your travel mug, goodies to share and a smile! If you have nothing to bring, bring some morning tea. If your goodies aren’t taken, please take them home with you at the end.


Grafting and propagation

October 8, 2017 @ 10:00 am12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

Ever wanted to graft your own plant? Grow your own rootstock? Create multi-grafted plants? Welcome to our grafting and propagation workshop, held on October 8, 2017 from 10am to 12pm at Tass 1 Trees. At this workshop, Joe Tassone will show you how simple grafting is with practice. Learn to do chip/bud, cleft and top grafts and discuss other grafting related issues.
Financial members: $25.00
Non-members: $30.00
Workshop + membership: $50.00


Green Life Soil Co Events

Green Life Soil Co Events

Introduction to Gardening in Bushfire Country

October 14, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Rd, Midvale WA 6056, Australia

Learn how good garden design and landscaping can protect your home from bushfire.
With some basic knowledge about how fires behave and how homes are vulnerable, we can design landscapes and select better species to reduce the risk to your life and home from bushfire.

In this workshop you will learn how a garden and landscape can be designed (or modified) to reduce your bushfire risk. Living in a bushfire prone area comes with its unique challenges, but increased knowledge gives you confidence to take control of your circumstances, understand your bushfire threats and pro-actively reduce your risk.

The session is engaging and interactive. Everyone is provided with a detailed aerial photo of their property. The session will follow the risk management process so participants really understand their opportunities to reduce bushfire risk using garden and landscape design principles.

In this 3 hour workshop you will take away an understanding of:
-How to assess if your home is likely to be exposed to flames, radiant heat or embers
-How to landscape around your home to reduce ember attack, flames and radiant heat
-How to select plants with beneficial characteristics to lower your risk
-How to manage fine fuel loads and fuel structure in your garden
-How to prioritise and where to start

Cost: $39


Propagation workshop

October 20, 2018 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Rd, Midvale WA 6056, Australia

This course is designed for gardeners who would love to be able to propagate their own plants and save money!

This will be a hands-on opportunity to try a number of different techniques, and learn the best way to get successful germination and improved strike rate of your cuttings.

What will be covered in this workshop:

• Learn what time of the year to do propagation
• Learn the right way to sow seeds: How to treat different seeds and the germination process
• Seed saving and storing of you seeds
• When to transplant, how to transplant and when to fertilise
• Dormancy factors affecting germination
• Learn how to do various cutting techniques
• Water propagation
• Learn how to do root division, growing from rhizomes and layering
• Re-grow plant from kitchen scraps, and re-grow plants you have already harvested.

Designed to be fun, interactive and to give you confidence to grow your own Food and Medicine at home.

Includes all materials (you’ll take home LOTS of goodies), class notes and tea and coffee.

Cost: $49

Permaculture Design for Beginners

October 28, 2018 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Rd, Midvale WA 6056, Australia

A lot of people come to Permaculture from a gardening angle, not realizing what the original question was that started the ball rolling or where Permaculture came from (it was Tasmania by the way), nor understanding the 3 ethics that form the “hub” around which are the commonly used 12 principles of Permaculture.

This workshop is a great introduction for those people who’re considering doing a more in depth 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate and want to cut their permaculture teeth on the “HOW and WHY” the design system thinking and get their heads around why this works.

Starting with defining Permaculture, we will explore the ethics, principles, sector analysis, zones & element functional analysis and how we put this (literally) into a design. Hands on, standing up, sitting down, this workshop covers all learning styles and invites discussion between participants.

Cost: $39

All workshops held at The Green Life Soil Co, 178 Farrall Road, Midvale.

Book via the website.

Hills Food Share

Hills Food Share

Held every third Sunday of the month, 9-10am
M J Morgan Reserve, Railway Tce, Glen Forrest

Upcomiang dates:
Sunday September 16 @ 9 – 10am
Sunday October 21 @ 9 – 10am
Sunday November 18 @ 9 – 10am

The Sharing Economy is alive in the Hills!

Bring your surplus garden produce: Fruit, Veggies, Plants, Cuttings, Seeds, even garden paraphernalia & books

Share what others bring… or just hang out & chat..
Eat really local food (talk to the person who grew it!)
Share cultivation & preparation tips
Come and be part of our growing community.

Beyond Gardens Events

Beyond Gardens Events


Gardenwise Workshop – Carramar

October 18, 2018 @ 10:30 am – 1:30 pm
Carramar Community Centre, 5 Rawlinna Pkwy, Carramar WA 6031, Australia

Good for beginners and experienced gardeners alike, the presenters are not sponsored by product manufacturers so workshop participants will receive unbiased advice.

Backed up with audiovisual presentations topics covered include:
– Environmental consequences of current gardening practices
– How plants grow – you will be surprised how many current practices are out of sync with the way plants grow
– Understanding and improving your local soils – find out how digging can be counterproductive
– Nutrients – what plants actually need
– Recycling for a healthier garden – the real story about composting, worm farms and the rest
– Mulching – not all mulches work, find out which ones actually save water
– Choosing the right plants for your garden – why some are better than others
– Garden Design – tips from the experts
– WaterWise Ways for WA ways to use a fraction of the water
– Irrigation – which systems are best, some waste over 60% while others are 95% efficient (and are the cheapest on the market)
– Gardening myths and why gardening in WA is different to what is shown on TV
– Questions & Answers
…and much more… �and at half time light refreshments are served

This workshop is FREE of charge, but you must register to attend