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

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.

Vegepod – raised garden beds

Life lessons with the Vegepod - In modern life, it’s easy to become disconnected from the planet, especially the source of our food, which most often comes from a supermarket. But when children see vegetables growing in a Vegepod in their own garden, they will understand where food comes from and develop a closer connection to the earth.

Therapeutic Gardening

What is a Therapeutic Gardening? it is a plant-dominated environment purposefully designed to facilitate interaction with the healing elements of nature. It is specifically designed to meet the physical, psychological, social and spiritual needs of the people using the garden as well as their caregivers, family members and friends. Interactions can be passive or active depending on the garden design and users’ needs. There are many sub-types of therapeutic gardens including healing gardens, enabling gardens, rehabilitation gardens, and restorative gardens and sensory.