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Nancy Scade: Guerrilla Gardening

Nancy Scade: Guerrilla Gardening

September 14, 2017 @ 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Field Study Centre, Settlers’ Common, Triton Cres, Bedfordale WA 6112, Australia

Wildflower Society Armadale Branch meeting.

Nancy Scade (Australian Native Nursery) will cover a brief history of Guerrilla Gardening since 1883, with particular mention of the Suffragettes, the Nazi Era and the Cuban crisis in the 1990s. As part of her presentation, Nancy will nominate those whom she considers would be worthy winners, and runners-up, of her suggested inaugural ‘Armadale and Serpentine-Jarrahdale Guerrilla Gardening’ Gold, Silver and Bronze medal awards.

Entry $2

Biodynamics for Home Gardens and Orchards

Biodynamics for Home Gardens and Orchards

September 10, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Jarrahdale Primary School, 20 Wanliss St, Jarrahdale WA 6124, Australia

oin Biodynamic Agriculture Australia as they present workshops in Western Australia in September. In this workshop presenters John Hodgkinson & Shane Joyce will present a half day introductory workshop focussing on how to use biodynamics in the home garden & orchard.

Topics will include:

Benefits of backyard biodynamics
Increasing soil vitality using biodynamic practices
Growing more nutrient dense food using biodynamics
Composting & worm farming – the biodynamic way
Planting with the Moon
Managing pest and diseases using biodynamics

Tickets include delicious morning and afternoon tea.
Cost: $40

Composting Workshop

Composting Workshop

September 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Yangebup Community Centre, 20 Swallow Drive, Yangebup, Western Australia, Australia

Want to learn how to make compost in your own backyard?

Compost will improve soil condition, increase water retention and help to fertilise plants. This workshop is part of the City of Cockburn’s resident waste subsidy scheme. You can claim up to $50 rebate on your compost bin purchase.

Bring your family and enjoy some refreshments with your local Cockburn community.

Beginners’ Beekeeping Workshop

Beginners’ Beekeeping Workshop

September 2, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
426 Carters Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia, 6285, Australia

The Beginners’ beekeeping workshop with Luke Fulton is a fun and relaxed morning with a mix of theory and hands on experience using both Langstroth and top-bar hives.

We have run a few of these workshops now and they are still one of our most popular!

Luke will explain:

-what to expect in your first year
-basic bee biology
-the equipment needed and how to use it properly
-what to look for while going through a hive
-how to interact and care for the bees

Visit Fair Harvest for more information

From the Ground Up

From the Ground Up

August 27, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 1:30 pm
Jarrahdale Primary School, 20 Wanliss Street, Jarrahdale, Western Australia, Australia

Gardeners with questions to ask and knowledge to share!
Stacey Smithers, ‘sustainability extraordinaire’ will offer practical tips for improving soil biology to maintain an active healthy organic garden and improve the quality of your home grown food in this interactive presentation. Jarrahdale Primary School has been a proud member of the Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden Program for the past 7 years.
Participants will explore the school’s extensive veggie patch, orchard area, berry beds and composting systems to build their knowledge of gardening.

Free event. Register via Eventbrite.

Native gardening with Lisa Mazzella

Native gardening with Lisa Mazzella

August 23, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am
City of Vincent Library, 99 Loftus St, Leederville WA 6007, Australia

Discover our amazing native plant diversity and how to grow natives in your own garden.

Reasons to love native gardens:

They provide habitat, food and shelter for local birds, native bees, butterflies and other wildlife
They are adapted to the local soil types and climate, including drought conditions
They require minimal watering, saving water and money
They look great!
How many of us are aware that Perth is right in the middle of one of the world’s top 25 internationally recognised biodiversity hotspots? That means we have a huge diversity of native plant species but also that lots of the natural habitat has been cleared. About half of south-west WA’s plant species are found nowhere else on earth.

Let’s celebrate the amazing diversity in our local native plant species. We’d love to see more native plants in gardens.

Soil secrets – Composting and worm farming

Soil secrets – Composting and worm farming

August 20, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Kelmscott Primary School, River Rd, Kelmscott WA 6111, Australia

August 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm
Tamala Park, 1700 Marmion Ave, Mindarie, Western Australia, Australia
Contact Emma Baker, Waste Education Officer at the City of Wanneroo on to register.

Learn everything you need to know about composting and worm farming from an expert. Rob Gulley is well known across Perth for his composting competency and worm farming prowess. You’ll see live demonstrations and be able to ask all of your questions to help you reduce your waste at home and produce beautiful compost that will return nutrients to your garden.


ChemCentre Open Day

ChemCentre Open Day

August 19, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Building 500, cnr Manning Rd & Townsing Dr, Bentley, Western Australia, Australia

Join us as we celebrate chemists as local heroes; discover how science saves the day and make science your mission at ChemCentre Open Day 2017! Have a fun day out with friends and family while learning about the role that chemistry plays in safeguarding the WA community, industry and environment.

This year’s highlights include:
• The Clan Lab Experience – dressing up and exploring the life of real chemist heroes who help the WA Police solve crimes!
• Tours of our Forensics and Environmental Chemistry Laboratories
• Loads of exciting new shows, activities, and exhibitions
• Special guests from WA Police, Department of Fire and Emergency Services, Greyhounds as Pets and more
• FREE Soil Testing – bring along some backyard soil and our experts will analyse it to provide scientific insights into the chemistry of your soil
• FREE Liquid Nitrogen Ice cream and Fairy Floss
• And much, much more…

Free entry.

Growing Soil By Design

Growing Soil By Design

August 17, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Landcare SJ, Paterson Rd, Mundijong, Western Australia

This free workshop will offer a two hour introduction to the Regrarian Platform for people interested in regenerating their soil. Presented by Terra Perma, the workshop will cover the basic principles of whole- systems property design with a focus on soil. Terra Perma also offer free online resources for participants to continue building knowledge after the introductory workshop.

The Worm Shed Workshop

The Worm Shed Workshop

August 16, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Piney Lakes Reserve, 555 Leach Hwy, Winthrop WA 6150, Australia

About half of what an average household throws away is food and garden waste, but worm farms (and compost bins) are a great way to recycle the valuable nutrients trapped in your household waste!

All City of Melville residents who attend a worm-farming workshop at Piney Lakes are entitled to a $127.00 subsidy when purchasing a worm-cafe on the day of the workshop.

Cost: $5.00 per person
Bookings essential.

Soil secrets with Bee Winfield

Soil secrets with Bee Winfield

August 12, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Pinjarra Community Garden, Lot 362 Pinjarra-Williams Rd, Pinjarra, Western Australia

Bee Winfield is a well known and respected organic farmer and permaculture enthusiast. In this workshop, Bee will weave the scientific story of how the health of our soils is related to human health and ecosystem health. With a focus on the importance of microbes, Bee will leave participants with a deep appreciation of the dirt under our feet and how they can help protect it.

This workshop is presented by Switch your thinking in partnership with the SJ Food and Farm Alliance as part of National Science Week.

Free workshop. Register online

Introduction to Permaculture – Weekend Workshop

Introduction to Permaculture – Weekend Workshop

August 12, 2017 @ 9:00 am – August 13, 2017 5:00 pm
426 Carters Rd, Margaret River, Western Australia, 6285, Australia

Join us on the farm for a two day Introduction to permaculture course with the team at Fair Harvest. This is a great place to start your permaculture journey – we use our established systems to demonstrate permaculture in action and incorporate small hands-on exercises to make it a fun and interactive weekend that will leave you with the basic skills you need to design and set up our own permaculture system.

Visit Fair Harvest for more information

Seed Collection Seminar

Seed Collection Seminar

August 9, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Town of Cambridge Administration Centre, 1 Bold Park Dve, Floreat, Western Australia

Perth NRM in partnership with the Town of Cambridge presents a FREE Seminar on Seed Collection.

Expert speakers from Tranen and Conservation Volunteers Australia will discuss the intricacies of seed collection, including licensing, on-ground collection techniques, processing, storage, preparation, and much more! This Seminar is part of the Volunteer Capacity Building in NRM series.

Soil Secrets Revealed

Soil Secrets Revealed

Get your garden growing by learning more about the fascinating world of soil! Local soil scientists from Hydrosoil will share some secrets to help you better manage your soil for a more productive veggie patch, a vibrant flowerbed or a healthy and resilient lawn. Perth soils can make gardening tricky but you can improve the growth of any garden by understanding what lies beneath.

Free presentation. Register online

August 9, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Manning Library, Conochie Crescent, Manning, Western Australia, Australia

August 10, 2017 @ 12:00 pm – 1:30 pm
Pinjarra Senior Citizens Hall, Pinjarra, Western Australia

August 14, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
The Knowledge Centre, 2232 Albany Hwy, Gosnells, Western Australia
Contact City of Gosnells Library on (08) 9391 6000 or to register.

August 14, 2017 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm
Ruth Faulkner Public Library, 215 Wright Street, Cloverdale, Western Australia, Australia
Cost: FREE for City of Belmont residents; $5 for non-residents

Winter Fruit Tree Workshop

Winter Fruit Tree Workshop

August 5, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm
Ecoburbia, 16 Livingstone Street, Beaconsfield, Western Australia

From the Fruit, Nut & Vine Workshop Series:
Winter Fruit Tree Workshop (concentrates on pruning & winter care of trees & vines)

Winter is the best time for soil improvements and planting & pruning some species. It’s a good time of year to do lots of stuff ahead of springtime!
Includes an update on Ecoburbia.

We will cover:
• Winter care of fruit trees & vines
• Formative pruning and training young trees
• Soil management and fertilisers
• Pests & diseases (feel free to bring along samples)
• And anything else you would like discussed

Cost: $50

For details, link here:

Compost, Worms & Bokashi

Compost, Worms & Bokashi

August 5, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am
58 Norfolk St, Mount Lawley WA 6050, Australia

Free ‘green’ workshops to City of Vincent residents
With the awesome Transition Town Vincent team.

Learn how to make healthy soil from your kitchen, garden and paper waste.
Want to get started, but don’t know what system to use? This workshop will go through the following systems:
-Bokashi bucket
-Worm farming and
-In ground worm farming

Learn how to set up the right habits to make it easy to produce healthy soil.
Ben Klenner shares his hands on experience, passion for good soil and experience as a presenter for Great Gardens.

Making it easy and connecting community. Transition Town Vincent is here to help. We will be trialing a Q&A session at the end of the workshop for past participants. The aim is to reconnect, share common knowledge and solve your composting problems.

Environment House Workshops

Environment House Workshops

Getting Started in Permaculture

August 12, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Ever wanted to know more about permaculture but been to scared to ask? This short introduction to permaculture will inspire you to learn more, and who knows where that may lead!
Cost: $12 


Pruning Fruit Trees

August 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:00 pm

A workshop on the basics of pruning a range of fruit trees. This will be practical workshop with hands on demonstrations in our garden at Environment House. This workshop follows the Getting Started in Permaculture workshop with our Gardener John Yaxley.

All workshops held at Environment House, 125 King William St, Bayswater

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Swan Valley Happenings Events

Edible weeds – eat em and beat em

August 27, 2017 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am
Swan Valley Gourmet Farm, 1056 Great Northern Hwy, Baskerville, Western Australia

Learn to identify, control and eat your weeds with Charles Otway from Terra Perma, a Permaculture business based in Perth. Charles is a passionate edible plant designer, full qualified trainer and experienced sustainability and food garden designer. He is well known to those interested in Permaculture.

Swan Valley Happenings financial members: $30.00
Non-members: $40.00
Workshop + membership: $55.00


Swap Shuffle Share

September 24, 2017 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
West Swan Hall, Lot 1 West Swan Rd, Henley Brook, Western Australia

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


Boxed Green Workshops

Boxed Green Workshops

Secrets of Native Gardening

June 3, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

July 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

September 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

October 1, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

November 4, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Oakford WA 6121, Australia

December 2, 2017 @ 9:30 am4:00 pm
Woodlands WA 6018, Australia

In this great-value workshop we’ll show you how to create a beautiful, sustainable garden – without mulch, fertilizer, chemicals or irrigation.

Together, we explore the native gardening myths and build an understanding of how easy it can be, and the pitfalls to avoid. We’ll explain the importance of eco-gardening, and show you how to apply it. You’ll leave with your heart full of inspiration – and your hands full of native plants!

Once your booking is confirmed, we will be in touch to provide location details, specifics of your food requirements and everything you need to enjoy a great day with a wonderful group of fellow gardeners!

Topics covered include:
-Planting for long-term success
-Choosing the right plant for each location
-Increasing bird visits
-Reducing water needs (and turning off your irrigation!)
-Bringing life to difficult areas
-Having colour in your garden all year
-Bringing the joy back into gardening

Cost: $150


Introduction to Native Gardening

June 12, 2017 @ 6:30 pm8:30 pm
Town of Cambridge, Cambridge, WA, Australia

June 24, 2017 @ 1:00 pm3:00 pm
Australian Native Nursery, 141 King Rd, Oakford WA 6121, Australia

Learn how to create a beautiful, water-wise garden with WA native plants suited to our ancient sandy soils. Bring your curiosity and ideas to a free 2 hour workshop near you. We’ll introduce you to a whole new way of thinking about native gardening, and a brilliant system to support home gardeners.

Workshop Points:
-How to use the sand you already have
-Benefits of West Australian plants
-How to identify what plants you need for your garden
-Bringing more life to every garden

Email to book your place.

Cost: Free


To reserve your place visit:


Green Life Soil Co Events

Green Life Soil Co Events

Propagation workshop

August 6, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
September 10, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 11, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 15, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

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: $39


Medicine From Your Garden

August 30, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 1, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
October 29, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
November 19, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm
December 2, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

This workshop will teach you how to improve the health of you, your family, and others around you.

Your digestive system is a sensitive and complex environment, easily disturbed by poor quality food, stress, medications and microbial pathogens.

Medicinal plants have been used throughout history for their ability to strengthen digestive function, fight infections, reduce inflammation and enhance and balance assimilation and elimination.

Some topics in this workshop will involve your participation, which means you’ll have some goodies to take home with you as well as your notes.

This workshop will cover:
-Dietary principles for protecting and healing the digestive system
-The difference between good and bad fats
-Herbs & vegetables that protect the digestive system
-How to support concentration and memory
-How stress influences our gut and immune system
-Important but little known herbs for pain and inflammation
-How to grow, harvest, dry and store your own botanical medicine
-Why sprouts & microgreens are so good for you
-Doctrine of signatures

Take home info sheets will be supplied but bring along a pen to take extra notes.

Cost: $39


Backyard Chickens Workshop

September 3, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm

Ever dreamed about keeping chickens in the backyard? Not sure if they’re right for you?

Come along and learn more about this sustainable lifestyle practice and the benefits of keeping backyard hens.

The workshop will cover:
-Anatomy and behaviour
-Housing – what they need
-Regular care
-Simple home remedies

Cost $29.00


Grafting Techniques

November 12, 2017 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Successful grafting takes practise, and this workshop is designed to give you the knowledge to continue to hone your skills at home.

The workshop will cover a variety of grafting techniques for different plants.

Each person will have their own citrus root stock to graft on and take home. You will be able to graft up to 8 – 10 varieties on the one tree!

Participants will be required to bring their own grafting knife. Having your own tool on the day will make the class progress faster and be more productive for all.

We can arrange to order one in for you to purchase at the course for a cost under/around $20, or you can source your own. Joe personally uses a Swiss budding knife – a small fine knife he prefers.

Includes take home notes and afternoon tea.

This will be a popular session – we have received lots of enquiries; so book in soon before it fills up!

Cost: $29


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 August 20 @  9 – 10am
Sunday September 17 @ 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

Beyond Petrol – Electric Car Seminar

September 2, 2017 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Spearwood Public Library, 9 Coleville Crescent, Spearwood

September 14, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Town of Cambridge, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

A special series of Beyond Petrol events proudly supported by the City of Cockburn, Town of Cambridge and the Australian Electric Vehicle Association (AEVA) WA branch. Our aim is to present a series of community seminars to inform, prepare and encourage the community to embrace the Electric Vehicle revolution. It is a lot closer than you think! Some estimates that Electric Cars will outsell Petrol cars by 2030. Seminars are full of humour as the Beyond Petrol Team highlight how the future of driving is electric.

Good for drivers and future drivers who are contemplating purchasing a vehicle in the near future. Our presenters are not sponsored by product manufacturers so workshop participants will receive unbiased advice.

Backed up with audiovisual presentations topics covered include:
-Overview of environmental impacts of fossil fuels used in vehicles.
-Overview of current state of play (national and international)
-Environmental/Social/Economic benefits associated with Electric Vehicles
-How electric vehicles work
-Near future innovations, in particular advancements in battery technology
-How far can they travel before recharging
-Current charging options (including grid and home based Photovoltaics)
-Future charging options including the recently announced South West Electric Highway.
-Outline features of current electric vehicles available
-Outline electric vehicles in the pipeline for release 2016/17 and beyond
-Incentives to reduce vehicle emissions
-Inspect a range of electric vehicles and talk to AEVA owners. Nothing better to inspire people than to be able to touch a real electric car and talk to its owner. (occurs at half time break which includes light refreshments)
-Q&A session
-Outline of resources, website links etc
…and much more…

Growing Bushfoods at Home Workshop

September 21, 2017 @ 6:30 pm – 9:30 pm
Town of Cambridge, 1 Bold Park Drive, Floreat

Light refreshments are served at half time.
These workshops are FREE of charge, but you must register to attend.

Ecoburbia Movies

Ecoburbia Movies

Ecoburbia Movie – SEED The Untold Story

August 4, 2017 @ 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Ecoburbia, 16 Livingstone Street, Beaconsfield, Western Australia

Few things on Earth are as miraculous and vital as seeds. Worshipped and treasured since the dawn of humankind. In the last century, 94% of our seed varieties have disappeared. SEED: The Untold Story follows passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. In a harrowing and heartening story, these heroes rekindle a lost connection to our most treasured resource and revive a culture connected to seeds. SEED features Vandana Shiva, Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell, Winona Laduke and Raj Patel.
SEED is Executive Produced by Academy Award Winning Actress Marisa Tomei, Marc Turtletaub (Little Miss Sunshine) and Phil Fairclough (Grizzly Man, Cave of Forgotten Dreams).

This movie will be held at Ecoburbia – 16 Livingstone Street in Beaconsfield. We will be inside MORTUNG – our community space. There are some dining chairs available but feel free to bring a folding chair if you are more comfy – or some pillows for the floor.
We will not be sharing food over winter, but coffee and tea will be available from 7pm and we encourage you to stay and have a debrief after the movie. The movie will start at 7.30pm.

Please walk or come by bike. If you have to drive please park at the Primary School on Hale Road, not on Beard Street. See you at Ecoburbia!