Gardens

Grocott’s Organic Community Garden at Middlemarch

An organic garden located at the Railway Precinct. It has multiple purposes one of which is to show children and anyone else who wants to know how to produce food and doing so by organic methods. Participants learn such things as making compost, liquid plant food etc. The produce is distributed locally with any excess donated to food banks.

The project is the brainchild of Patricia Bosshard-Browne, who called on the heft and ingenuity of community members. The project was also generously supported by businesses here and in Dunedin.

Practically, seventeen ton of soil from Cottesbrook Station as well as manure was used to fill the raised beds. Using heavy mulching techniques we have virtually no weeds and use little water.

We garden between 1 pm to 3 pm on Tuesday afternoons. Lean over the fence and have a chat, or come inside and do some leisurely gardening.

We do not start seriously planting until the beginning of Oct, even then it can be too early as we sometimes can find ourselves covered in snow or with minus 6 deg frosts.

The garden proudly houses a great "Little Red Tool Shed" made and donated by the Blokes Shed of Mosgiel.

The garden is named after Mr Grocott, who was the first stationmaster in Middlemarch towards the end of the 1800s.

 

Lochiel

Frances Howell, Highway 87, RD 2, Middlemarch, phone 03 464 3874.

A large country garden featuring flowering cherries, roses, peonies, bulbs and perennials. Extreme growing conditions in a dry and stony gardening environment. The garden has grown from bare paddocks in 1985 to what it is today. Open: October–March by appointment, please phone first. Admission: $5.00. Coach tours accepted, picnicking possible.


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