Sunday, 16 March 2014

A garden for the whole community

The official Yackandandah Community Garden opening has been an outstanding success this weekend, with over 150 community members joining in the celebrations.

The stunning dawn held a promise of the fantastic day ahead for the garden opening.

Everything was ready. The signage and photos were in place. The bunting was hung. The "garden party" morning tea was laid out. There was a buzz in the air.

The garden was officially opened by Bruce Plain from  Sustainable Gardening Australia and Dr Philip Moors from Helen Macpherson Smith Trust, who both spoke on the importance of project such as our beautiful community garden, and the role their organisations play in the wider community.

A beautiful Vulcan Magnolia was planted in the ornamental bed to commemorate the opening of the garden, by Elaine Shallue (our Sustainable Gardening Australia project manager), Les Keeble (garden member), Ali Prockley (director of Into Our Hands Foundation - provider of a grant for our new outdoor kitchen), Judy Davis (manager of Yackandandah Community Education Network) and  Lee-Anne Benson (garden facilitator).

(see more shots of the day on our photo page)

While the building of the garden has been hard work, we are all so thrilled with what has been achieved. Not only has a garden come to life, but also a community has come together. The garden is not just for those who have played a hands on role in getting the garden built, but is for every body to enjoy.

If you would like to become an official member of the garden, please get in touch at

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