Hamish MacCallum from Meridian Land Designs worked with us to produce a concept design for our garden.
Still a work in progress, the garden has been developed in line with permaculture principles. As such, it is based around the mandala design, to maximise productive space and allow for the development of 12 individual plots and 8 common garden areas. Additional individual plots are located around the edges, to cater for the growing interest from gardeners.
There is a balance between annual and perennial plants, as well as productive and aesthetic spaces. Some consideration has been given to the context of the site – the backdrop of the church buildings and the redgum and peppercorn trees on site. Space for contemplation and play have been included. A material delivery area is located near the main driveway entrance for ease of access.
Flowforms and a pear arbour form a central feature, surrounded by a herb bed, growing biodynamic herbs such as chamomile (as a lawn) and valerian.
From a bare paddock in 2009, to a productive patch in 2017: