Brisbane Local Food

Growing local

Tucked away at the end of Blackwood Ave, at Morningside in Brisbane's south east and bordered by native bushland is The Inspiration Garden. The garden is unique as it is one of just a handful community gardens originally founded on private land. You can find out more about the garden and it's beginnings here.

Nancy and Andrew, with the help of a few committed volunteers, have put so much heart and soul into this beautiful garden, you can't help but be inspired.

On the weekend, the garden had its Annual Open Day, an event which must trigger the rain gods: for the second year running, the event was rained out. That didn't deter the committed though, and despite the gumboots and umbrellas, the day was a success with beautiful food, smiling faces, great speakers and of course the beautiful garden.

Definitely worth a visit if you're on this side of town, and if you're local and keen to get involved, the garden committee is always looking for volunteers.

Contact Nancy 0407 059 509 if you'd like to visit.

Nancy (right) and the team at the Inspiration Garden

View from the Mandala garden

The lovely Robyn, who made many things happen for the day

Walk through the garden

Seed saving and view through Mandala Garden

Treats, including plenty of wholesome and delicious, on offer

Onsite bamboo put to use in vertical gardens

Representing Brisbane Local Food on the day

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Looks fabulous!

I do wonder though with private land, how the volunteers and their effort will be rewarded if the owners need to give up the land. Is there a legal document giving some kind of priority to the volunteers? Otherwise it could be seen as a way to improve the land using unpaid labour. The truth may be far from that but from this cynical observer, without a legally-binding guarantee, the workers could be left without anything to see for their efforts.

I've been there.  It's quite wonderful. 

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