Blue skies, beautiful artwork, and a blooming garden: that’s what was on display on Sunday morning at the Whittome Community Garden event! Our CEO Lee Broomhall and City of Swan Deputy Mayor Kevin Bailey officially opened the new facility, and councilors, guests, and local community members alike got to enjoy the art exhibition and tour of the gardens.
From 2010 to now
With the City of Swan’s support and the generous funding of Lotterywest, we took over management of the decommissioned Whittome St Kindergarten in 2010. Our vision for a new community garden included creating a safe and welcome space for people with disability and mental illness, and the general community of Middle Swan.
This will provide an area for learning and recovery. It will also be a hub for community involvement and a place for local artists to collaborate.
Manager Community Engagement Projects Steve Franklin gave us a detailed tour around the gardens. He showed us the various techniques used to cultivate the soil and plants in this dry environment. This includes a snapshot of the programs and workshops that will be available soon from the community garden.
Take a look at this incredible produce from the Propagation Made Easy workshop run late last year!
Here’s some more information about the different areas created in the garden.
After such a welcome reception, we are now working on creating tailored and inclusive programs for people with disability and local community members. These workshops cover:
- Gardening techniques
- Healthy and sustainable cooking
- Sculpture and upcycling workshops
We’d like to thank the City of Swan and Lotterywest for their support in making this facility a reality. A big thank you to all guests who joined us on Sunday, and to staff and volunteers who helped pull it all together!
Stay tuned for details about our upcoming programs.
If you’d like to know more about what’s on offer at Whittome, contact Steve here or at 0438 992 379.