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Public vegetable garden by the river

I have posted an article in the discussion area last month about the launch of Epicurious Garden at South Bank, and I finally visited on Tuesday.

It's right by the river, with a fountain, seatings, and lawns, so it's a very nice area for just relaxing with a couple of friends, or have a picnic as seen with quite a few people utilizing the seats and tables.

I deliberately waited for a month to give the plants some time to grow, but they're still quite juvenile when I visited.  Understandably, the trees are small and immature, but the beans and tomatoes looked as if they've just been planted, and not doing very well.  Especially the beans.  I love their trellis though, looks very sturdy, but I think they must be very expensive custom made artwork that are not financially practical for home growers :).  

Especially love the Eagle kite, which I think act as scarecrow to the crows and ibis in the park.  I thought it's good idea, and it looked good flying in the wind.  However, I then thought it might also scare away other wanted birds as well, so may not apply to my future garden since I don't think we would have as much of an ibis and crows problem as South Bank.

Other than the usual herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees, there's a few exotic in there like the cranberry hibiscus, taro, cocoyam, tamarin, Queensland arrowroot, variegated cassava, and black Sapote (aka Chocolate pudding fruit) etc

There's many things which I thought were planted too close together, but I'm guessing they will remove some as they grow bigger so the ground don't look so bare.  

Apparently, there's gardener volunteers onsite at various times throughout the year to talk to(source link), but I didn't see anybody there that looked the part or wearing badges, so maybe next time.  (Anyone from here a volunteer?)

It's certainly worth a visit, and I'll be back in a couple of months to check the progress.  I think it's great that there's a public edible garden at such a prominent inner city recreational park.   I've uploaded a bunch of photos into a photo album if anyone's interested.


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Comment by Susan on October 5, 2014 at 12:41

I really need to get into southbank to check this out.  Thanks

Comment by Lissa on September 29, 2014 at 5:28

Thank you for reporting on this Florence, I didn't know it existed. You're right - any public edible gardens are a good idea for promoting home grown.

It would be great to find someone useful there to talk to about the plants (I'm thinking the Cocoyams etc) but sounds a bit Russian-rouletty as to whether they're around or not.

Comment by Florence on September 28, 2014 at 20:58

Thanks for your appreciation Elaine ~ Hope you enjoyed it ~

Comment by Elaine de Saxe on September 28, 2014 at 16:53

Thanks Florence! Unlikely to visit so a photo story is much appreciated :-)

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