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2013 October 16
by anthea


The new guide can be freely downloaded from the NEW Gardens Guide page.  If you’d like a hard copy please contact Anthea.

Commissioned by the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, this new guide is a useful tool for anyone planning a new garden or place-making project or looking to re-energise existing food and other garden projects in remote areas.

The guide contains useful building blocks to start small and build successful gardens. It features a variety of garden options that include:

  • Household gardens
  • Homeland gardens, farms and orchards
  • School gardens, farms and orchards
  • Demonstration gardens
  • Community gardens
  • Cultural gardens
  • Healing and therapeutic gardens
  • Community owned market-gardens, farms and orchards
  • Landscaping and plantings for environmental health
  • Community nurseries
  • Aquaponic and hydroponic systems
  • Programs for people, placemaking and pleasure.

Each garden’s design benefits, challenges and opportunities are discussed, and a helpful list of references is provided. Design considerations that can help in the planning of sustainable garden projects are presented in five inter-related parts:

  • Natural resources
  • Community ownership – participatory planning and design
  • Social and cultural factors
  • Technical considerations
  • Strategic project planning and management

Warm thanks to everyone who helped to develop and publish the guide! Anthea 

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  1. October 18, 2013


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