The Rain Garden, William Angliss Institute

550 Little Lonsdale Street

Saturday 15 September, 2018

10.00am - 3.30pm

Entry $8  Students $5  (Under 18 free)      Green City

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The Rain Garden at William Angliss Institute is a model food garden in the heart of the City of Melbourne, designed to assist in teaching students how to grow, harvest and use a variety of plants in their catering.

Awkwardly wedged between buildings the location was unloved and underutilised prior to its development. In response, food garden guru Karen Sutherland has designed a dynamic space that responds to the multi-storey buildings that define the area. This student-friendly social space also provides a series of microclimates that provides a range of perennial fruits and foliage to the nearby kitchens.

Featured on a recent edition of the ABC's Gardening Australia, at this event you can visit the Rain Garden, meet Karen Sutherland, and hear passionate people from William Angliss Institute discuss urban food spaces and the challenge of sustainability at a series of Pop-Up talks throughout the day.

This event is being held in conjunction with the 2nd national Sustainable Communities Summit which Sustain is jointly coordinating with the Municipal Association of Victoria, Transition Australia and Village Well.  See 

Pop-Up talks will include:

  • Karen Sutherland, Garden Designer
  • Jon Belling – Indigenous food and plants
  • Dr Nick Rose – Sustainable Communities Summit

(Refer to the Garden Notes below for the day's Speaker Program)

Tastes and treats will include:

  • ‘Plant to Plate’ / Patisserie and Bakery – Angela Tsimiklis
  • ‘Streat’ – Social Enterprise Pop-Up Cafe

Green City

Open Gardens Victoria will also be launching its Green City initiative which will be an ‘underlying program’ for some of our open gardens and events over the next two years.


Visitors may also note:

The full program for the 2018 Sustainable Communities Summit is available at: 

The Summit be preceded by a tour and seasonal lunch at the newly-launched Melbourne Food Hub on 17 September; See 

Garden Notes

Information and advice on garden visiting

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