Geoff Bryan’s Garden

On Sunday 23 May 2021
1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Eltham South

Five years ago, this ¾ acre block was run down and overgrown. When it rained very little water was retained on site. The garden has been overhauled in stages: level areas were created using large retaining walls of rock gabion construction or concrete and water run off diverted through creek beds and pond holding areas. We now have chickens, bees, wicking beds and fruit trees. Veggies are also grown hydroponically in a hot house. I have planted out over 1500 plants with still many more to go.

Bookings via Trybooking:

Annette’s Garden

Saturday 10 April 2021, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM

See how permaculture principles can be integrated into an steep 1/3 acre block. This Warrandyte property has been a permaculture work-in-progress for 13 years, and has chooks, fully enclosed orchard and veggie patch, guinea pigs, dog, and a rock climbing wall. Annette blends her two passions of edibles and indigenous plants. The house has been renovated to high environmental and fire standards. Join us to learn, share ideas and catch up with other Permies and gardeners.


NERP Home Harvest Picnic

Save the date for a NERP picnic!

Hello, to all our lovely NERP members

To celebrate Home Harvest time, we’re having a NERP group picnic on March 14th at the Hurstbridge Edible Hub community garden. All NERP Google group members and their families are invited. Just bring your own food, drinks, picnic rug, and permie good cheer. 

The get-together will be very informal, and you can stay for as little or as long a time as you like. We’d really love to see everyone there, so we hope you’ll save the date and come along. The picnic will be a ripper chance to welcome and meet all our new members, and allow a much-appreciated catch up with some familiar, friendly faces.  

The event is free, of course, but we’re putting it on TryBooking to get a sense of numbers. And if you can’t commit to booking, but find yourself with free time on the day, just turn up. For those catching public transport, the Hurstbridge Hub is just across the tracks from the Station. 

A link to the event is below. Hope to see everyone there.

Time: 4pm to 6.30pm
Date: 14th March, 2021
Place: Hurstbridge Hub, Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge
Bring: Food, drinks, picnic rug

Mary & Robert’s garden

Saturday 20 March 10.30am – 12.30pm

Over the past 16 years we have transformed the back lawn into a food forest using permaculture principles. We continue to experiment with wicking beds, compost bays, a berry garden, 26 fruit trees including avocados, fig, tamarillos, persimmons, apples and stone fruit, and a greenhouse with bananas actually fruiting. The front garden has bees, aquaculture and native habitat. We’d love to show you our garden and have a chat on the deck over a cuppa.


Hedley & Lauri’s garden

Sunday March 21 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lauri and Hedley have lived in Eltham for 12 years and their 1250m2 garden has seen big changes. They planted a lemon tree and thyme back in 2008. They now have 11 wicking beds, a 40,000L water tank, chickens, fruit trees, berries, herbs, and indigenous edibles. Many of the plants have been added to the garden over the last 5 years so fruit production is only just starting to ramp up. Hedley has been busy building a pizza oven and although it is not quite finished, it looks fantastic!


RetroSuburbia workshops

Two-day workshop:
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May, 10–4.30pm

Trainers add-on day:
Monday 3rd May, 10–4.30pm

NERP will soon be hosting a RetroSuburbia workshop run by Beck Lowe, who co-produced the RetroSuburia book with David Holmgren.

The workshop will take place in Hurstbridge, and we’ll have limited spots available due to covid restrictions. There are options for a two-day workshop exploring themes in the book and how you can live more sustainably, or a three-day workshop that involves an add-on day for people who’d like to become registered RetroSuburban trainers. Please note that no prior experience is needed for the two-day workshop, but those enrolling in the add-on day should be familiar with the RetroSuburbia book and its content.

For a flier with more information, please visit:

You can book a spot, or get more information, by shooting us an email at or calling Jules Jay on 0400 750 750.

It’s an amazing opportunity, and we hope to see some of you there.

Nina and Perrin’s garden

Saturday 27 February 2021
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

We live in a multi-generational household on my parent’s-in-laws property in Eltham and have set up a backyard veggie garden operation. A year in we have harvested 250kg of veggies and keep developing the perennial planting, adding fruit trees & berries.

We have 40sqm raised beds, fully irrigated, in a mixture of apple crates, set up as wicking beds or raised beds built from the recycled hardwood frame, salvaged when half the house was knocked down to enable ageing in place and disabled access.


Leah and Leo’s Garden

Sunday 7 February 2021
1:00pm to 3:00pm

Our urban garden is still new: the first beds were built in May 2018, and some parts are still being built. We use permaculture principles and recycled materials where possible, but I believe that a garden can be beautiful as well as useful, so with an artistic background I am creating a haven that feeds both my belly and my soul. It’s a garden full of whimsy including chickens that live in a Tardis, a pool to billabong conversion, and a new possum/bird free cat enclosure.


Dianne & John’s Garden

Sunday 14 February 2021
10:30am to 12:30pm

This hillside acre block has been transformed from a paddock into a productive ornamental edible garden over the last 2o+ years. We have established an orchard on a steep rocky slope. Mixed herb and veggie gardens are terraced with bluestone and sleepers. We have natives and deciduous trees, chickens, bees and an array of worm farms. Happy to share a cuppa and chat about the challenges of creating this large bee friendly garden, propagating natives and perennials, what’s worked, what hasn’t.


Julie’s Garden

On Saturday 12 December 2020 at 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Jules and Robin live on 18 acres of pasture and bush in Hurstbridge. They have netted orchards, extensive vegetable beds, perennial food garden, native ornamental gardens, greenhouse and seed propagation areas, bathtub worm farms, and multiple composting bays. The family keeps cows for beef, mowing and manure, bees for honey, and poultry for meat and eggs. good examples of zoning, water collection and storage, house orientation, solar power, heatpump hot water, integration of animals and plants. The family keep two cows for beef, mowing and manure using a rotational grazing system. They also breed poultry for meat and eggs, so have good infrastructure for geese, Muscovy ducks and chooks, including a barn set up with permanent poultry housing, and a chicken tractor with mobile fencing for out in the paddocks. There are three bee hives for the family’s honey needs.