Ringwood Community Garden will be open to the public on 30th and 31st of January 2010 as part of the ABC Open Garden Scheme.
The gardeners have been growing vegetables, fruit and herbs for 30 years, making the club one of the oldest in Victoria.
Our membership is a rich mix of individuals from a wide variety of cultures who happily share ideas and perspectives on what and how to grow vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit. A virtual United Nations exists within the Garden. On any given day it is possible to hear Italian, Greek, German, Polish or Chinese accents mixing with the English of Irish, British and Anglo-Australian members.
The diversity of propagation techniques and the wide variety of produce reflects this broad cultural interchange.
We have citrus trees, berry plants, peas, beans, artichokes, chives, onions, potatoes, tomatoes, lettuce, rhubarb, sweet corn, spring onions, Chinese vegetables, water melon and herbs all growing in well-developed plots. We are also delighted to have the involvement of local disability groups on several of the plots including the sensory garden established along the front fence.
A moveable garden
For the first two decades Ringwood Community Garden's home was near the heart of Ringwood. In 2002, the site was claimed by the Eastlink Development and the bulldozers moved in and the Ringwood Community Garden faced closure. However, after persistent lobbying the gardeners secured a new site from Vic Roads.
Situated in Selkirk Avenue, Wantirna, this land is located adjacent to the J. W. Manson Reserve, a popular recreation area for local residents. The Garden opened at its new location in July 2004 with 102 garden plots on what was once been bare, open ground.
No-one had expected the Garden would survive its site loss, so its regeneration is testament to the energy and enthusiasm, persistence and effort of the members. They are to be congratulated on this example of community solidarity, demonstrating what can be achieved by commitment and perseverance.
As a result, the Ringwood Community Garden continues to prosper and provide members the opportunity to grow heritage organic vegetables in a sustainable, supportive community environment.