Opened in May 2012 and after prolonged negotiations, the garden was established with the help of the land on Chapel Street Magill and a $80,000 grant from the City of Burnside plus ongoing support from the Rotary Clubs of Burnside and just recently, us.
Our support was the contribution of 50% of the cost of material for the new pergola which I was privileged to help open in October last year.
Of particular interest:
- The garden is one of more than 50 similar facilities across Adelaide with a very strong membership base.
- Much of the irrigation water comes from the roofs of adjacent private houses.
- The pergola was built using labour provided by young unemployed people.
- The original design included a lawn area – an idea quickly rejected by the founders who wanted to grow vegetables!
- They garden committee have continued to invest in the future by having disadvantaged youth contribute with the construction of garden seating and other projects.
- The greater majority of the garden beds are “wheelchair friendly” in that they are raised off the ground.
- The garden logo was designed by children from the Magill Primary School.