A garden is a great uniter of people everywhere, regardless of race, colour, political or spiritual view. It has one language, the language of plants. That is community.

Community has become so important with all these recurring Covid lockdowns since isolation is such a huge contributor to mental health problems. So whether we are a virtual community or physical community, we can all share the love of growing plants together.

I love visiting community gardens and seeing how they operate. Here is one I went to recently and it’s a converted bowling green (a much better use of available land imho).

What makes this a good community garden?

1. It has room to grow and harvest plenty of produce for its members.

2. It also has a welcoming place to sit and chat with other members who meet together every Friday morning.

3. The garden is multipurpose and offers barista training for employment opportunities, and members get to enjoy great coffee each week.

4. This lucky garden even has a view of the Sydney city skyline (zoom in to see if you can spot Centrepoint Tower).

5. It has a committed team of volunteers who have worked tirelessly to transform this space in only 2 years.

6. There’s room for composting and waste material collection so they can make their own fertiliser.

Do you belong to a community garden? What makes it so special to you?

Community is about sharing, wherever you are. Big gardens, small gardens, containers or garden beds …. making the most of what you have, whatever it looks like.

These are just a few of the community gardens I’ve helped establish over the years

Various community gardens in Sydney apartment blocks

Get in touch if you’d like to know how you can establish your own community garden just like these.