The Garden received a $50,000 grant through Sustainability Victoria to carry out the following works:- -A weather shelter from the lunch area out to the poles and pave the kitchen/veranda area has now been completed... paving is yet to come. -A 2kW solar system on our current roof to power the watering system and the kitchen has now been installed -A 50 L solar hot water system will be installed in the kitchen -A pit is to be dug and a generator run sump pump installed in storm water drain to pump water into our tanks -A complete irrigation/mister system has been installed into the hothouses/shade house -MCG will also be running a series of workshops throughout 2011 - these will deal with composting, seed saving, wicking beds/boxes, herbs, non chemical pesticides, fruit tree pruning, food preservation and lots more. - A small committee has been set up to oversee the project (anyone is welcome to join) - there was a lot of work in the initial grant application and also in the Project Plan, which is being worked on at the moment, but at the end of it we will have a precise outline of events and timelines. -It is going to be a busy and exciting year for the Garden, so please join in and help... the more grubby hands on this project the better. -A full copy of the application (and when it is complete, the Project Plan and Timeline) is available at the Garden.
Annual General Meeting
We have a new committee to take us into what is going to be a very exciting 2012. Keeping the troops in order is Maree Shurmann as President, backing her up as Vice President is Julie Howell. Lorraine Carlton holds the purse strings as Treasurer and Russell Ardley is our Acting Secretary. Rob Schmidt, Claire Harden Lorraine Martin and Kim are our general committee members. A great team who will need a fair bit of support this year as we are embarking on some really big projects.
Tidy Towns Award
Tidy Towns 2012 -Award Applications close shortly
Harvest Food Swap & Jane Edmanson comes to Mornington
What a fun time we all had when Jane Edmanson came to visit us for filming of a 'food swap' segment for Gardening Australia to be screened late May. Jane and her crew were very impressed by the garden and the folk they met and as they left they thanked all who participated for their friendship, food, hospitality and knowledge shared.
Open Day photos
Next meeting at the Garden
Our next general meeting will be on Sunday May 20, 2012 at 12 noon at the garden - we hope to see you there at the meeting as well as to share lunch. Come along and put in a couple of hours' work on the communal parts of the gardens from 10 am and bring a plate to share for lunch. We'll put the kettle on and chat about what's been going on. This is a great opportunity to meet other gardeners and also do your bit for the Gardens.