Lunch on our garden day out with members of the Happy Patch Community Garden was spent at the Duck Flat Community Garden, an initiative of the Adelaide Hills Community Health Service.
Unlike the Happy Patch, Duck Flat has a coordinator and a group of 40 volunteers who work in the garden. These volunteers consist of gardeners, artists, and cooks who work with the staff of the Mount Barker District Soldiers Memorial Hospital to provide health and wellbeing activities to both patients and members of the Mount Barker community. The garden has a number of sheds, one complete with a kitchen where classes can cook their lunch. For sunnier days a pizza oven and meeting space is available.
There are 35 dedicated garden beds, some with perennial crops such a rhubarb, asparagus and various herbs while others are for seasonal crops. There are both high and low beds plus ones based on Lolo Houbein’s magic square principles.
Some crops are specifically left to go to seed for seed collection for the next season.
Trees, herbs, flowers are also a feature of this beautiful space.
A small orchard leads into the compost bays.
There is a greenhouse for seedlings and propagation.
The garden uses organic principles and so volunteers make their own fertilizers and keep a worm farm.
Espaliered apple trees run between the garden sheds.
There are many spaces for contemplation including a small bereavement garden. A children’s area includes a shaded sandpit, herbs and fun musical instruments to play with.
There are many creative sitting areas including a dragon seat made by Irene Stone-Pearce and a jetty complete with a moored boat.
Areas for exercise are also dotted around the garden. A cardiac circuit with wooden apparatus weaves its way round the outskirts of the garden, while the garden itself has a petanque area and a space for children’s games.
The space is also home to many beautiful art works created by local artists.
Duck Flat Community Garden was a lovely place to explore and relax over lunch before venturing onto our next garden, Hamlyn Cottage. More on that next post!