We will start with a tour of the garden, in which you will discover all about its history, design, plantings, our inspirations and approach to creating a magical urban garden oasis using beautiful, eclectic and water-wise plants within a very small backyard. You will get hands on experience in re-potting and combining plants to create beautiful displays, and can choose a pot that you have planted to take home with you . You will learn about designing and planting a small garden that attracts, birds, bees and butterflies. We will be pruning, fertilising, watering, discussing which plants suits which conditions. You will learn how to make the best use of small spaces by creating vertical and window sill gardens, and you will have the opportunity to discuss your gardening needs and ask questions relating to your own garden's requirements. We will enjoy some refreshments whilst sharing gardening stories and our love of all things gardens and gardening.
I am a visual artist and passionate gardener, with extensive experience as a teacher, gardener and working in plant nurseries. Together with my partner, and fellow artist Sean Meilak, we have created - over a fifteen-year period - a magical inner-city garden oasis that has featured on ABCs Gardening Australia and The Planthunter and Design Files blogs. Our very small and beautiful garden also has its own popular Instagram account @davidandseansgarden
Biscuits and fruit
Coffee, tea, cold drinks
gardening gloves and tools
The tour and gardening workshop will take place in our modest but charming backyard garden oasis in Brunswick.
Clothing suitable for gardening, a sun hat.
No prior gardening knowledge is necessary. Please bring a sun hat.