By Australian Garden Council on October 12, 2020 in | comments

From the 11th to the 17th of October, the National Garden Week is taking place and celebrated by garden clubs, schools, retirement homes, and other organisations all over the country. Ever since its creation in 2017, the National Gardening Week offers up a great opportunity to celebrate the simple and peaceful joys of gardening and horticulture and to highlight the many environmental, social and health benefits that is associated with gardening as a practice. Whether it just be maintaining a few pots on a balcony, a suburban backyard or a large country expanse, the enjoyment, the improved mental and physical wellbeing and the satisfaction gardeners gain from ‘getting their hands dirty’ is universal. 

The National Gardening Week for 2020 is focussed primarily on children. During this time, schools and organisations are encouraged to get more involved in the gardening world, and to promote gardening based events targeted for children. This will be done with the aim in mind to inspire, guide and increase the numbers of the next generation of gardeners in Australia. 

National Gardening Week

NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK 11 - 17 OCTOBER 2020 In October 2017, a new and exciting addition to the Australian gardening calendar was launched and celebrated - Australia's inaugural National Gardening Week.


The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. have come up with several activities that gardening clubs can do to celebrate the National Gardening Week. They include:

  • Visit your local garden club
    Look up your local club (The Garden Clubs of Australia can assist with locating) and go along to a meeting. Garden clubs are always looking for new members and offer everything from guest speakers, trading tables of interesting plants, floral displays, day outings and overnight trips – all with a cup of tea and yummy treats.
  • Create a sensory garden
    Create a sensory garden at home, at school, in a nursing home, your local park – anywhere that will enhance the beauty of the place and excite the senses. When planning a sensory garden, it is important to combine plants and elements that appeal to all five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
  • Plant a tree
    Plant a tree in your garden, local park, school yard or bush regeneration project – the benefits are amazing! Not only from the pleasure of watching a tree grow and mature, admiring its natural beauty but the fact that it purifies the air by absorbing C02 and other harmful pollutants and releases life giving oxygen. Trees give shade, cool our environment, provide shelter for our wildlife, prevent soil erosion and some give us delicious fruit such as apples and oranges.
  • Build a bee hotel
    Most native bees are solitary and make their nests in a variety of places such as soils, hollows in trees, decaying wood, hollow stems – building a bee hotel is the perfect way to encourage them into your garden, your school yard, etc.
  • Build a compost heap
    Recycle all your vegetable and fruit scraps and create a wonderful soil conditioner and plant food.
  • Plant up a veggie patch
    If your garden or school doesn’t already have a vegetable patch, why not create one!
  • Flower gardens
    Whether in a pot or beds in the garden, the fragrance and colour display that flowers bring to a space is magical.


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Growing your first veggie garden during the pandemic

By Australian Garden Council on September 10, 2020 in | comments

A few months ago, there was a running joke in Rebecca Purvis's family that she couldn't even keep a hardy yucca plant alive. Now the 43-year-old has a flourishing vegetable garden in Melbourne's western suburbs. "It doesn't have to be expensive, is what I've learned. And you don't have to be a good gardener," says Rebecca, an occupational therapist and business owner. She's one of many Australians using their time at home to grow vegetables — some for the very first time.
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Botanical Bazaar 2020 Sunday 4th October CANCELLED

By Australian Garden Council on August 26, 2020 in | comments

Botanical Bazaar 2020 has been cancelled due to the still ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Hopefully, the garden show will be a bigger and better experience in 2021. In the meantime, take a virtual visit to Botanical Bazaar 2019 in the link below.  

Botanical Bazaar 2019 - Virtual Tour from ACS Distance Education on Vimeo.


Bring your Career to Life: CHOOSE HORTICULTURE

By Australian Garden Council on August 22, 2020 in | comments

If you have left school and are wondering what would be a good career path to pursue, choose horticulture! Horticulture is a perfect career path for those who are interested in plants and the growing of fruits and vegetables, and have a passion for nature and the outdoors, and sciences. 

Below is a link from Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria, also known as NGIV, explaining as to why you should bring your career to LIFE and choose horticulture as a career path.

Who are NGIV? 

Nursery and Garden Industry Victoria was founded in 1903 and is the largest industry body for the horticultural sector of Victoria, a sector worth over 1.6 billion dollars which employs over 11 000 people and engages with more than 3000 stakeholders, a variety of people and operations which range from smaller and family based businesses to multinational organisations and companies.

NGIV members are mainly involved with production of things such as turf, and with retail nurseries, while other members are involved with horticulture-allied trades, botanic gardens, education institutions, and other non-profit organisations. The organisation has also maintained strong connections with its members and also with the industry, and is committed to the success of the horticulture industry in Victoria.