Ngukurr Gardening Club – RIG News, Dec. 2013 – Feature: Remote & Regional Gardening Clubs
Ngukurr Gardening Club – story and pics by Lynda Pascoe for RIG News, Dec. 2013
Ladies at Ngukurr have been greening their community and home gardens through the Ngukurr propagation project and gardening club that is well supported across the community.
The Ngukurr community is located some 330kms southeast of Katherine in the Northern Territory. The community has recently been involved in a housing project that saw the construction of new houses and the removal of older houses. Along the way this meant that a lot of old-growth vegetation, including shady trees, was removed so local people have been keen to plant new shade and fruit trees and to establish gardens at their new homes.
The gardening initiative came from the Families as First Teachers (FaFT) program. The program supports ladies to get together to learn how to propagate plants from cuttings and seeds, and to nurture them to maturity ready to plant.
Local women select plants in the community, take cuttings, pot them up and nurture them at a central nursery point (Lynda’s backyard!) and then distribute the plants to groups and homes around the community to help revegetate and beautify local homes and places.
The gardening club provides plants for new gardens such as bougainvillea, frangipani, hibiscus and croton. Most popular are attractive coloured flowers and shrubs with coloured leaves, followed by pawpaw, mulberry and mother-in-law tongues. Hard, rocky local soils are a challenge and the group has worked hard to create garden beds using local rocks and soil or they have created contained ‘top’ or raised gardens with wood, rocks, tyres and other containers.
“We are looking forward to holding an annual Garden Competition, with many categories, to commence next year at the Ngukurr Festival in June”. Lynda Pascoe, who works with the Families as First Teachers program and is a key member of the group said.
Information and images kindly provided, with permission, by Lynda Pascoe, Family Educator, Families as First Teachers – Indigenous Parent Support Service Ngukurr NT.