Dan and Liz’s Garden


Saturday 23 November 2019

Book via TryBooking until 5pm on the Wednesday 20th November.
The tour will focus on the water systems around the home and will be an opportunity to share patterns and observations on capturing, storing and distributing rainwater, domestic wastewater and runoff. Discussion topics might include: greywater systems, tanks, driplines, measured irrigation, restoring the natural water cycle, wicking beds, swales and terracing, drippers, sprays, ag-pipes, etc.

This will also be a good time to enjoy some berries from the garden. Visitors are welcome to bring a plate and stay for some food and discussion afterwards.

See images from previous tour
Bookings and more info at

Guy & Susan’s Garden

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Sunday 17 November
Starting 11am, for around 2 hours.
If sufficient demand, a second session starting at 2pm

Guy and Susan bought their property in 2012, with the garden being their main reason for choosing it. Their first move was to turn the tennis court into a veggie patch: a regular and flat area, with no trees, and easily irrigated. The veggie patch now comprises 24 raised beds. 10 of these are in crop rotations (a 5-year rotation of legumes-cucurbits-roots-solanums-brassicas), with others for perennials (e.g. asparagus and rhubarb), herbs and berries.

Fruit trees are planted throughout the 1¼ acre garden, some in a purpose-built set of terraces. There are currently around 60 fruit trees, 30 berries and 10 vines. Collectively they cover most of the types of fruit that are commonly grown in Melbourne plus some more unusual species (e.g. jaboticas, cherimoyas and bananas). All the veggies and fruit are irrigated, mostly from tanks.

A few years ago, Helen Simpson from The Mushroom Shed visited the garden.
Read her writeup.

Earlier this year, Morgan Koegel from 3000acres visited the garden
Watch her video.

Some specific aspects of interest re food growing:

  • A no kill policy.
  • Use of Certified Organic inputs only.
  • Various methods for easy and effective netting.

Other points of interest:

  • Natives plants throughout the garden.
  • Labelling of all the plants.
  • 25 different species of eucalypt.
  • A battery-based solar system which means that they are effectively off grid for 8 months of the year.
  • Various artwork, mostly by local artists.
  • A fox-proof chook house and run.
  • Insect hotels.

This is not a child friendly space so please enjoy a child-free visit.

To book, and for more detail, please go to:

Sue’s garden in Eltham


Sunday 10 November 2019
Main Rd, Eltham

Book via TryBooking until 5pm on the Wednesday 6 November.

In Sue’s lovely Eltham garden, visitors will see two wicking beds in the front garden, full of veggies. A forest of elm trees, a three acre paddock of river silt, hazelnut trees planted and a small fenced veggie garden. Bring along a plate to share if you like and Sue will have tea and coffee to share in the paddock!

To book, and for more detail, please go to:


Kate’s Garden in St Helena

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Saturday 26th October, 10.30–12.00
Kate’s Place in St Helena

Book via TryBooking until 5pm on the Friday 25th October.

Visit Kate’s magical quarter-acre garden in St Helena.

Edna Walling design and permaculture have been Kate’s dream forever, becoming a reality with the arrival of ducks to her large, suburban block in 2010. The garden is a mix of fruit and shade trees, veg, roses, herbs, chooks and ducks. The Eastern garden is her ornamental indulgence. She has a passion (obsession) for trees, birds, wildlife, and Art.

For a sneak peek – https://www.instagram.com/katemccredieart/

Some garden images and captions from Nicole:

Despite the wind, our time at Kate’s was lovely. It made me think of the words of artist, designer, thinker William Morris who created a golden rule saying: “Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful or believe to be beautiful.” We could easily say that Kate is achieving this at her place. She has a wealth of knowledge and experience too and NERP are very grateful that she opened her garden and gave us a tour.


Front garden. Roses, herbs, irises and plenty of bee fodder! I have buckets of water everywhere for the wild birds, and my ducks when I have them out there. Also handy to water my pot plants.


Deep red leaves of the Cersis canadensis ‘Forest Pansy,’ and silver foliage of Eremophila nivea – a gorgeous West Australian native I can’t recommend highly enough. Lovely purple flowers, beloved by blue-banded bees! Kate pointed out how lovely it feels too. An unusually soft native.


Front garden looking North. Roses, herbs, and loads of bee food, including soursob and white clover, which are nitrogen-fixing and SO good for the garden!


Front garden. A newly constructed trellis for espaliering some citrus (currently hiding in the nasturtiums). Taking advantage of the thermal mass of the brick wall.


White lavender with peppermint and frankincense scented geraniums.


Drama unfolding.


Front garden looking East towards the Ioensis plena, crabapple, and the still-naked jacaranda. Roses, poppies, salvias, and the pink wisteria tree in the top right corner, which is a type of robinia that is also nitrogen-fixing and great for the soil.


Japanese maples and tree ferns in the Eastern garden with duck pool underneath.


The Eastern garden is a haven of shade trees. A beautiful, cool, peaceful hideaway.


The October Glory maple in the Eastern garden. I think we might have to come back in Autumn Kate!


The backyard or Western garden – fruit trees, free range chooks, and ducks. I didn’t get many decent shots of the numerous fruit trees back here… but there are many and they all looked very healthy.


Blue trumpet flowers of the Iochroma australis, a type of Brugmansia, thriving in the south-west corner of the garden.


Happy hen house.