We began with a visit to the Parndana Community Regrowth Centre, which was inspired and opened by Sophie Thomson in March 2020.
It is amazing how much has been achieved since then!
The whole garden is enclosed with netting. The area is beautifully laid out with 24 raised wicking beds and ground level linear beds around the perimeter, paths and a central plank table and benches.
The wicking beds were halved IBC containers enclosed with planks and with wooden seats around the top edge. It was a delight to walk around seeing the healthy plants at various stages of maturity.
We were shown a Monadenia, a South African ground orchid. Beware this insidious plant!
Notice the pink on the leaves at ground level. A Monadenia always has this colour. If you see one, cut off any flowers and dig up the whole plant.
Dispose of it carefully. Not on a rubbish heap nor in the compost. If left, it produces 1000's of seeds and out competes many native plants.
Next we went to "Mine Creek", Madelyn and Simon Kelly's garden, where we had a leisurely lunch and strolled around.
Madelyn told us of the property's history. The fires had been through, but it's still is a peaceful garden with a central lawn and old fashioned charm.
Some bushes and trees including a camellia, a mulberry and fruit trees had new shoots. Irises have recovered. Many people have given them cuttings.
Thank-you Madelyn for a lovely finish to our day. - Joan Jenkins