VSGA – Victorian Schools Garden Awards Bonbeach Primary School 2017

The Victorian Schools Garden Award (VSGA) recognises, rewards and celebrates the gardening achievements of schools, their students and community in existing and newly established school gardens. It is run annually across both metropolitan and regional Victoria. Now in its 40th year, the Victorian Schools Garden Awards have a long history of bringing gardening skills and … Continue reading VSGA – Victorian Schools Garden Awards Bonbeach Primary School 2017

Growing Green Thumbs

They share their food growing ways with parents, students and wider community,   growing organic fruit, vegetables and flowers whilst making it fun to play outdoors in a sustainable environment. Tee-pee’s come and go, sensory gardens are forever changing, nature play structures are always being built, worm farms & compost heaps brew, organic veggie patches grow, fruit orchards bloom, community plots are nurtured, frog bogs are busy and mud kitchens are a messy place for little hands full of fun. There is something for everyone to interact with in the garden.

If you build it, they will come!

We waited, waited and waited until the day came when we were told to write the garden program for grade 5/6 students under the science curriculum. Almost 4yrs of volunteering in the garden and we are now super excited to be joining the senior students in the garden 3 times a week. What a thrill for us! At first they thought 'yeh yeh garden this and that' after 5 mins of the first class, they now run out the door to get their workbooks and get stuck into it!

Give a child a responsibility….

Leadership in schools requires a lot of courage and when it is taking on the responsibility of caring for animals, the leadership must be done correctly. Our new chicken monitor shows great skills in caring for the chickens and gently guides other students to care for them with her. She shows the younger students how to feed them, collect eggs, hold them and most importantly how to enjoy the quiet time.

Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show – a day at M.I.F.G.S

  Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show - Immerse your senses! Mind Blown. Beautiful weather and amazing gardens on show. The effort by the landscapers and designers .... what more can I say other than I needed to go home and process such beautiful displays and work by inspiring people.   I especially went to … Continue reading Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show – a day at M.I.F.G.S

Bonbeach Primary School Garden – Pip Australian Permaculture Magazine.

South east of Melbourne sits a little school in Bonbeach. The school holds a magical place where students, their families and the community can connect with nature. In 2013 the front of the school grounds were piled with rubble. A small patch of grass and 8 empty vegetable beds were all that sat on the flat grounds. It has taken 3 years for 2 very eager volunteering mums and a small army of students to transform the space into a permaculture based learning garden, filled with organic fruit orchard, native plantings, chicken coop, worm farm, mini food forest, frog bog, nature play areas and 25 vegetable beds – 6 of which are now community plots.