David's Garden Footscray
16 Central Avenue, Footscray
Saturday 21 September, 2019 to
Sunday 22 September, 2019
10.00am - 4.30pm
Entry $8 Students $5 Under 18 free
David’s garden is approximately nine years old with only a 100+ year old jacaranda remaining from the original. It features over 50 fruiting trees, shrubs and vines which produce an incredible array of food for the household on a relatively modest 500 square metre block. This has been achieved by using vertical spaces, dwarf varieties, informal and formal espaliering and his own grafting for multiple plants.
There are many edibles that are not readily found at your ‘typical’ green grocer. Examples include: white sapotes, cherimoya, wampee, cold hardy papaya, various guava and their relatives and numerous grapes derived from North American grape species. In addition there is a fernery housing with a burgeoning collection of exotic orchids, bromeliads, ferns and succulents, a mainly native front garden, and a myriad of ornaments and sculptures tucked in amongst the edibles to provide an abundance of colour, form and foliage contrast. Despite the lushness of the garden it is a low consumer of mains water thanks to mulching, composting and use of water tanks.
Emphasis on the burgeoning collection of exotic orchids planted in David’s own ceramic pots in the fernery housing will be flowering. The fernery housing also has bromeliads, ferns and succulents.
Extra activities on both days:
- 11.00 am: 20 min talk on Fig grafting
- A selection of David's ceramic planters will be available for sale
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