OGV Green City Initiative

28 September 2018
OGV Green City Initiative

Green City is an Open Gardens Victoria initiative that encourages people to garden, no matter how small the available space.

Green City

The inspiration

Green City is a new Open Gardens Victoria initiative.

Now that we’ve established an annual program of openings and events we are looking to broaden our reach. We want to encourage young people and new gardeners to get into gardening, even if they live in small urban spaces. We want to highlight the community benefits of gardens and gardening so that we can 'green' our cities, build communities and create a better quality of life.

The message is that although urban life means many people are occupying smaller spaces, that doesn’t mean they can’t garden. Indoor spaces, balconies, courtyards, nature strips, roofs and community plots are all areas with potential for growing plants and food.

New partners

With this in mind we are forming some exciting new partnerships.

We’ve teamed up with the 3000acres organisation to open a series of productive backyards around Melbourne. It will be a great combination, with OGV tapping into our growing network of committed garden lovers, and 3000acres reaching out to their mainly young followers so that together we can show people how they can grow food and garden no matter the space they have. Low food mileage, green lungs in the city and the joys of gardening are just some of the benefits.

We are very fortunate to have received a grant from the Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation (LMCF) to assist with the program. So, from now until next June we’ll be opening up urban spaces of every size and type: owned/rented, big/small, growing intensively, growing a small crop. We’ll show how to grow herbs, attract bees, use water effectively and get food swaps going. The list goes on.

The grant will let us deliver tours, talks, demonstrations and workshops in conjunction with the openings. We will be able to let more people join in by posting videos providing virtual tours of the best gardens and workshops online, overcoming the logistical difficulties of getting a lot of people into a small space. Our website will not only be the crucial contact point for finding out ‘whats on’ on, it will be where you find out ‘how to’ as well.

You’ll be able to recognise openings in this special program by the 3000acres, LMCF and Green City logos.

We are also working in partnership with indoor plant guru Jason Chongue. Jason has been very successful in encouraging not only young people to add greenery to their homes, but in promoting the benefits of greening the work environment to many businesses. A workshop with Jason at his Plant Society premises in October is just the start of this collaboration. We are very excited that Jason has joined our Management Committee.

And we will continue to work with the Urban Agriculture Forum and the Sustainable Living Festival organising activities which give an insight into ‘urban agriculture’ in Melbourne. 

In all of these partnerships we want to spread the joys and benefits of gardens and gardening to all age groups. Go gardeners!!

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