Sunday, 10 July 2016

Verge Gardens and Incredible Edibles: catching up with ABC's Costa and friends.

Verge Gardens are the theme of the Giant Kitchen Garden display at the Queensland Garden Expo (July 8-10).Verge gardens bring food to the streets, food to the people, connect communities and lift spirits.

The wonderful Costa Georgiadis of ABC's Gardening Australia led a huge group of people through the verge garden with his fabulous commentary of why verge gardens are the bees knees - it's got me thinking about what more I can do along the street at my place. Always wonderful to see him and get a big beardy cuddle.

Costa espousing the benefits of having a salad garden on the verge.

Gardening extraordinaire, Barbara Wickes, president of the cottage garden group The Perennial Poppies, coordinates the extraordinary effort it takes to get the Giant Kitchen Garden displays ready for the expo each year.

After Costa's ramble through this amazing demonstration garden, he sent the crowd across to the Kitchen Garden Stage where I talked about my favourite incredible edibles. I had a table full of cuttings from my garden that provide an abundance and resilience in subtropical gardens - a diversity of perennial and self-seeding plants and a selection of common but overlooked edible leaves.  (The video of this will be ready soon.)

Me launching into the Incredible Edibles talk.


The Giant Kitchen Garden is like a meeting of old friends - I caught up with Roman Spur of Spurtopia, the Yandina Community Gardens, Northey Street City Farm, Robin Clayfield, Brisbane Organic Growers and many more... Jerry Coleby Williams also led a great wander through the verge garden.

ABC Gardening Australia's Jerry Coleby-Williams talking about verge gardens.

Here are some of the people I met along the way and some garden features on display...

I was delighted to hear the latest news from Roman Spur of Spurtopia - new baby girl and new house (bought from savings - no debt).

I caught up with Cath Manuel of Soil to Supper, then saw part of her no-dig garden presentation.


Beautiful kales.



The display garden demonstrated how you could set up a street side stall to share verge garden produce in the community.


These are great to help increase homes from microbats in urban gardens.





Showing the potential for a verge garden - from children's play spaces, herb, vegetables, flowers, fruits, upcycled pots, interpretive signage, habitat logs ...

An interesting pot of strawberries....

Looking down the main street of the verge garden displays. 
The bug hotel in the centre of the verge garden roundabout.

The boot flower garden.
The stiletto palette garden!
On my way out of the expo I had a lovely ramble through the  Nambour Community Gardens. This garden has a series of productive terraces full of delicious produce. Their yellow cherry tomatoes were particularly yummy. 

2 comments:

  1. I love the boot garden! Sure I've got an old pair or two somewhere...

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  2. Lovely to read this blog post about the Gardening Expo.
    So much to see.

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