Burton Communal Garden
Bringing people together from all backgrounds and walks of life to grow food, improve health and create community.
It is a shared space and place for people to connect, learn, relax and be inspired. Features include: a produce garden with raised, vertical and in-ground garden beds, fruit trees and herbs; flowers; a local native garden surrounding a water feature; propagation and undercover work areas; and seating. A meeting room (The Hive), kitchenette and café style casual eating space are connected to the Garden and used as part of the nature inspired programs that occur in the Garden. In the Garden we offer programs that provide opportunities to:
There are two main community programs that operate in the Burton Communal Garden
The Burton Communal Garden will run a wide range of sessions and events during the year.
Topics include: home food production; waste reduction; healthy living; music and food; and many more.
Register via email to receive information on upcoming workshops or call (08) 8406 8251.
For adults over 50, there is a range of gardening groups available for you to choose from.
If you like being outdoors and in the garden, you’ll love working in our Garden. We will be growing seasonal vegetables, fruit trees, herbs and flowers; connecting with Green events throughout City of Salisbury and Adelaide; holding nature-based craft session and gardening information talks; quizzes; shared meals and much more. There is always something to do and you are welcome to join any of the activities in the Garden to keep it looking good for all to enjoy.
Email to register your interest in these programs or call (08) 8406 8251
Over 50’s Active Gardening Program Tuesday to Thursday 9am to 12noon
This group is actively in the garden doing a variety of tasks to keep the garden flourishing. Keep active and socialise whilst sowing and planting out garden beds, building new structures for the garden beds e.g. trellising and shade frames, or many of the other gardening-based building project we will be doings. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Garden Group (50+) Tuesdays 10am to 11.30am
Garden related social group. Assisting with projects and events in the Burton Garden and home gardens. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Garden Tips Talks Wednesdays 1am to 2.30pm (18+)
On various gardening and sustainable living topics. Assisting people to develop the relevant skills and knowledge to grow their own food at home confidently and successfully, live sustainability and positively contribute to the environment and their health. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Friends of Nature (50+) Thursdays 10am to 11.30am
Topical nature- based discussions and mixture of interesting and fun activities. Bookings required (08) 8406 8525.
Salisbury Seniors Magazine Issue 19, page five has a short article about Backyard Fruit Trees. The article briefly discusses two tips to get the most from your fruit trees, which include pruning and protecting them. To find out more about netting fruit trees read the detailed article here.
Starting a food garden at home is rewarding and does not have to be hard.
It can be as simple as finding a bare patch of ground, weeding with a hoe, loosening the soil, planting some seeds and watering. However, if you want healthy, robust, tasty and nutritious plants then it is worth considering a few things first about your situation and resources and having some basic knowledge and skills. This is what the resources in the notes aim to do- provide you with; some useful practical information to enable you to grow a variety of fresh nutritious foods at home.
We aim to cater for budding gardeners with varying ambitions, from turning their yard into a thriving food source, to those wanting a few pots of their favourite herbs. Our shared aim is to grow food with the best nutritional value and taste and to eat it fresh from the garden.
If you are growing in the ground you will need to understand the type of soil you have and how to prepare it for growing produce. There are comprehensive notes on the soils in Salisbury Council and recommendations based on where you live.
If you are not growing in the ground there are notes for growing in containers of various types, including wicking beds.
There are notes on how to grow and manage various vegetables and fruit trees, as well as making composts and worm farms, organic fertilising and pest control, and looking after your health and our environment.