plant join in!
organic seeds, companion planting, no chemicals, low miles urban fresh food
stormwater capture, rain collection to tanks, mulch
& moisture retention
waste reduction composting, worm farms, local green waste collection
solar collection systems solar powered pumps to move collected water & composts tumblers
local food production
a small footprint inner suburb space where fresh organic food- veggies, herbs,fruit and flowers can be grown & harvested to build local food resources
become a member
Each year new members join,
some retire, and plots become
available. Read more about
becoming a sustainable gardener and download an application here.
President - Rob Joyner
Vice President - Maree Mann
Secretary - Kelly Meagher
Treasurer - Richard Harper
Member - Jane Major
Member - Ben Storrier
Visit our Resources
Centre by clicking Learn more
CELEBRATING 12 years - planted 2009
growing a greener, healthier community
what's happening in the garden - news & events
As Autumn gains pace, the rain cycle continues and cooling temperatures it's time for planting winter crops ... keep composting and prepare for shorter days and the cool weather cultivation. See our proven "planting guides" and maintenance tips in our "How to' section for May as leaves change colour and flowers go for one last spurt. Keep your garden looking lush and tasting delicious.
Our President Rob recognised with an award...
Woollahra Council awarded Rob Joyner their 2020
'Contribution to the Natural Environment' Award
in recognition of his dynamic and constant energy
as a founding member in 2009 and a very involved
President and contributor to our garden.
"Rob has led the Paddington Community Garden for
several years and from it's beginnings drove the
construction team which installed raised garden beds,
built a rotunda and pergolas, installed water tanks and composting tumblers and facilitated many other projects that have seen the garden develop into
the wonderful community asset it is today. Rob's commitment to preserving the local natural environment influences all the practices adopted in the garden relatingb to organic gardening, recycling green waste and watering wisely. Congratulations Rob! Thanks for all your hard work and effort over many years."
the council said in it's award press statement.
In February the gardeners got together for a
Working Bee... much achieved, lots of weeding and
preparation of team plots. Thanks to everyone for
a big effort in keeping our garden looking so great
and growing those healthy organics.
New Gardeners APPLICATIONS OPEN June 1st -30th
Now in our 12th year demand to join our band of over
53 gardeners has been growing each year so we have had a pause on intakes over the past 18 months... but now we are open for just a month to receive 'Expressioins of Interest'. Download you EOI today, complete it and pop into the post box on the garden front gate before June 30th. EOI Link here
Celebrating 10 years of GROWTH... in October 2019 (pre-COVID era) 60 of our gardeners and friends sat down around a very long table down the centre
of our lush garden to celebrate the first decade of the Paddington Community Garden overa "Big Fat Greek Lunch". Lots of hard work, inspiring leadership and friendship have gone into making this a successful community space. As usual the teams of volunteers put together something special to mark this milestone. Champagne in the pergola to start, classic entrees of Dolmades, Tzatziki & bread, followed by oodles of BBQ Lamb and Rosemary, roast chickens, salads extraordinaire, honeyed sweets and a few glasses of cold liquids, resulting in that very full feeling... satisfaction that we have celebrated well.
Top TIPS... a number of our gardeners have shared their experiences and insights with a series of short workshop at our monthly meetings. Here's 2 to enjoy; Rob shares his hard learned lessons on successfully growing tomatoes (there's also a link to a segment on ABC's Gardening Australia for even more tips from Tino in Tasmania) and Djo gives us a unique perspective on lunar planting... moon fans click here.
My Garden Rules!'... recipes from the gardeners. The organic produce that grows in our community garden goes into delicious healthy meals... our talented gardeners share some of their favourite veggie recipes right here.
Sample David's 'Healthy Veggie Balls"... if you have lots of Silverbeet, or other spinach, and you'd like to do something different here's a way to make some great comfort food, inspired by the Italians, or maybe the Spanish in David's case. Based on Strangolapreti alla Trentina here's the link...
Or... enjoy Djo's 'Ratatoueille a la Francias' recipe... eggplants are easy to enjoy warm with meats, salads, BBQed, and so delish! Visit our recipes page (just below "Gallery" in the top banner) and start enjoying your Aubergine harvest more.
events coming up
NEXT Garden Meeting is Sunday June 27 starting at 3pm. It's our monthly get together to share team reports and ideas and plan for planting, tasks and enjoy Autumn in the garden, There will be a communal harvest meal after the meeting. Come along and enjoy.
OUR Garden Meeting in April celebrated our 'Return from COVID-19' restrictions with the launch of our new wood fired pizza oven... the meeting heard an overview from Rob, our President of the past unusual gardening year followed by a communal 'PIZZA harvest meal' of delicious gourmet veggie pizzas prepared by our garden team chefs. Yummmmm!
Fingers crossed for the impact and ramp-up of the vaccine roll-out and continued gain of pace so communities get out and about.
See you back in the garden!
Garden members celebrate our 10 Years of Growth
over our 'Big Greek Lunch' in October.. full tummies and lots of smiles
workshops coming up
Understanding Wormfarming -
DATE to be advised run by Woollahra Council staff
This course shows how easy it is to reduce household
waste through the artof composting and worm farming.
Learn how to turn you organic waste into food for your
garden using a worm farm. Topics covered include:
principles of worm farming, troubleshooting, how to
use compost and worm castings; and the
environmental benefits of worm farming.