Garden Maker Space @ Diamond Valley Library

Diamond Valley Library’s Garden Maker Space is equipped to facilitate hands-on learning about gardening and food for all ages. The Garden Maker Space is a living extension of the library collection and is available for members of the community to browse and share, get their hands dirty and learn new skills.

Food from the garden is available for community members.

As a Stephanie Alexander Kitchen Garden participant, the Garden Maker Space is developing a new range of programs focussed on healthy eating, seasonal produce and food education for local schools, kindergartens and childcare centres.

Equipment:

Garden Tools including shovels, secateurs, rakes and watering cans

Miniature greenhouses where you can encourage the sprouting or growth of plants by providing the ideal climate and conditions favourable for their growth

Raised garden beds which are accessible to all and are available for planting, harvesting and sharing

A potting table useful for propagation at a comfortable height

A portable kitchen facility which can be located anywhere in the library will ensure we are able to deliver the concept of pleasurable and healthy food education to our groups

A mud kitchen to enable children to participate in nature play sessions

A garden produce table inside the library to share produce throughout the community

How can you access this Maker Space?

The Garden Maker Space hosts a regular program of events, demonstrations and workshops that facilitate gardening skills, environmental issues, sustainability and community connection.

More information on the sessions, workshops and events run by the Maker Space team are in the What’s On @YPRL events brochure, under the events listings on the website or speak to one of Diamond Valley Library’s friendly staff. Some events may require bookings.

Programs:

Food Swap (All ages) on the second Saturday of every month bring your excess garden produce along and swap for other wonderful produce. We are part of the Food is Free program where the food we grow is available for people to take, and we also act as a collection point for the Diamond Valley Foodshare for non-perishable items.

Garden talk (Adults, Seniors) on the third Tuesday of every month a different topic will be covered, from yielding a bigger crop to constructing the perfect garden bed.

Community gardening (Adults, Seniors) session each Thursday morning where you can meet other volunteer gardeners and share tips or gardening ideas, and contributing to the maintenance of the community garden.

Healthy Eating Workshops (Ages 3-12) are held regularly with local kindergartens, schools and childcare centres.

Community groups, a number of community groups and individuals support and contribute to the Garden Maker Space including Nillumbik Shire Council, Greensborough RSL Men’s Shed, healthAbility, Local Food Connect and volunteers from Araluen and the library.

Sections of the garden are under the care of the community. The regular Italian Conversation Group cares for the fruit trees while there is a planter box allocated to the local Wallaby Childcare.

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