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Gardening At The Gate

Story: Sandgate Guide
Jul 28, 2018
Gardening at the Gate
Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby-Williams will be the special guest at Gardening at the Gate held at Sandgate’s Einbunpin Lagoon on August 19.

Returning after a successful first year in 2017, Deagon Ward councillor Jared Cassidy is hosting the gardening event aimed at anyone interested in living more sustainably.

“This is a unique event for our local area where we can bring local groups together with people like Gardening Australia’s Jerry Coleby-Williams to learn about how to make the most of your yard from the footpath to the back fence,’’ Cr Cassidy says.

Jerry Coleby-Williams has been a presenter on the ABC’s Gardening Australia since 2000. In 2003 he moved from Sydney to Brisbane to create Bellis, a model, affordable, sustainable house and garden at Wynnum.

During Gardening at the Gate, Mr Coleby-Williams will talk about how he gardens at Bellis, his award-winning house and garden he has been opening to the public for the past 11 years.

“Mainstream media coverage of subtropical horticulture that combines food production and biodiversity management is pretty poor, and gardeners learn best when they can see what is being discussed,’’ Mr Coleby-Williams says.

“My results are outstanding and can be reproduced by amateur gardening skills, an average income and a modest block of land.’’

Brisbane City Council’s food waste reduction team will be giving a talk about worm farming and composting.

SANDBAG representatives will be at the event selling plants from their Garden Gate Nursery.

Greg’s Native Stingless Bees will have a display with information about how to start your own hive at home.

Throughout the day there will be entertainment by local artist Blake Hadley, face painting, coffee van, bake stall, barbecue and giveaways.

The Jabiru Play Bus will also be offering lots of free children’s activities.

“I’ve always been a keen gardener and growing up in the local area I know there are many other like-minded people who take a lot of pride in their yards,’’ Cr Cassidy says.

“Gardening is a great way to keep fit and healthy in your own yard and is a great way to help reduce household waste through composting.’’  

Gardening at the Gate
Einbunpin Lagoon, Sandgate;
Sunday, August 19, 10am-2pm