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Oct
15
Sun
Creating a Native Plant Terrarium @ St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op
Oct 15 @ 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Creating a Native Plant Terrarium @ St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op | Port Melbourne | Victoria | Australia

What You Will Learn

  • How to create a terrarium
  • How to maintain a terrarium
  • Which native plants suitable for terrariums

What You Get

  • You own small native plant terrarium created in the class
  • Discount tube stock – $2 per tube stock bought on the day from the nursery (normal price $3.30)

Description

Ever wondered how to use native plants inside your home?  Terrariums are a great way to create a self-contained ecosystem that can bring a little bit of our beautiful Australian landscape to you.

This master class will focus on how to use plants from the Victorian sandbelt region to build a terrarium and you get to take home you own personally made glass terrarium.

They are also a great and unique gift to give to your loved ones.

Topics Covered:

  • Victoria’s sandbelt ecosystem
  • Characteristics of sandbelt plants that make them suitable for a terrarium
  • How to building a terrarium
  • Care and maintenance
  • Tips and tricks

The base price includes the materials to make a small (8cm) terrarium.  You can upgrade to a medium terrarium (12cm) or large (15cm) via the Merchandise list on the right hand side of the booking page.

In the afternoon of the same day and at the same venue we are running a master class on “Creating an Underwater Native Plant Jarrarium“. If you book both classes you can attend both classes for $80 ($40 per class).  You will need to book each class separately but use the “2 class – Terrarium & Jarrarium” ticket option when booking your tickets.

Workshop limited to 15 people

Master Class Presenter – David Sparks

David has studied Ecology and Botany at the University of Queensland. He has had 6 years experience in ecological restoration and environmental education and has worked at St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery for over three years. He is currently also studying the Graduate Diploma in Adult education at RMIT.

Creating an Underwater Native Plant Jarrarium @ St. Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op
Oct 15 @ 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

What You Will Learn

  • About indigenous aquatic plants suitable for Jarrariums
  • How to make and maintain a Jarrarium
  • Tips and Tricks for success

What You Get

  • A Jarrarium made by yourself to take home
  • Discount tube tubestock – $2 per tube stock bought on the day from the nursery (normal price $3.30)

Description

Aquatic plants are often a forgotten part of the plant world, which is a shame because many are adapted to shade and are perfectly suited to growing indoors.

Join us to learn about Jarrariums and make one to take home.  A Jarrarium is a self contained, low maintenance underwater landscape and aquatic ecosystem that brings the beauty of water plants to your coffee table. These self contained vessels are low maintenance and self-sustaining, requiring only indirect light and are constructed to ensure their longevity.

This Master Class will cover:

  • Local indiginous plants suitable to use in a Jarrarium
  • How to construct and Jarrarium
  • Ongoing maintenance requirements
  • Tips and Tricks

The cost includes the resource needed to make an aquatic landscape of approx. 1.5 litres in volume (around 30cm tall) including a local indigenous aquatic plant that will grow and flourish in this environment.

In the morning of the same day and at the same venue we are running a master class on “Creating a Native Plant Terrarium”.    If you book both classes you can attend both classes for $80 ($40 per class). You will need to book each class separately but use the “2 class – Terrarium & Jarrarium” ticket option when booking your tickets.

Maximum class size is 15 people.

Master Class Presenter – Patrick Honan

Patrick Honan is a graduate of Urban Horticulture.  He currently works at St Kilda Indigenous Nursery Co-op as a director and nursery assistant.  He has also worked at the Australian Garden in Cranbourne, appeared on Gardening Australia with Jane Edmanson, written for online magazine “The Planthunter” and presented numerous workshops and talks around topics like indoor plants, native bees and rooftop gardens. With a background in communication, Patrick also works as a consultant to help people bring horticulture and ecology into their urban lives. You can see more of his work at www.patrickhonan.com.au

Oct
22
Sun
Partnering with Chooks in a Sustainable Garden / Backyard Farm @ Templestowe College
Oct 22 @ 1:00 pm – 3:30 pm
Partnering with Chooks in a Sustainable Garden / Backyard Farm @ Templestowe College | Templestowe Lower | Victoria | Australia

Are you interested in finding out how to partner with chooks in your backyard to help create and manage a sustainable garden / backyard farm?

Join SGA and Drew Barr at Templestowe College to learn all about how chooks can be used to do hard maintenance work in the garden, in addition to giving you beautiful golden eggs.

Topics covered in this Master Class include:

  • Definitions of Free Range and what you can do in a back yard
  • Chook Tractorings – What is it and how to use one in your garden
  • Chook Tractors – Design options
  • Reclaimed materials needed to make  a chicken coop / tractor
  • Chook behaviour and habits and how to utilise them in the garden
  • What chooks eat and where they get it from
  • Chook feeding systems – fodder crops / slab culture / stick culture / sprouting grains
  • Using hay as a bedding medium
  • Managing weeds and running grasses with chooks
  • Using chooks to make fertiliser and compost
  • Predator protection
Nov
12
Sun
Building Veggie Beds from Pallets – Construction Master Class @ Templestowe College
Nov 12 @ 12:30 pm – 4:00 pm
Building Veggie Beds from Pallets - Construction Master Class @ Templestowe College | Templestowe Lower | Victoria | Australia

Have you ever wanted to learn how to make things for your garden, how to use hand tools or how to reuse wooden pallets as a building material?  Following on from our successful Sustainable Building Materials Master Class we are pleased to be able to bring you a Construction Master Class on Building Veggie Growing Boxes from used / reclaimed  wooden pallets.

In this Construction Master Class where you will learn about:

  • How to source used timber pallets
  • Using hand tools safely
  • How to breakdown timber pallets to basic building materials
  • Veggie box design options
  • Build a Veggie Growing Box (approx. 1,100 mm square)

Workshop participants will be split into teams of 3 or 4 to build the Veggie Boxes.

If you are interested in buying one of the boxes made on the day, please email me at r.rowe@sgaonline.org.au to register your interest.  Money raised by selling the boxes will go to the students of Templestowe College to buy additional resources for their permaculture / garden projects and unsold boxes will be integrated into the garden. If you want to buy a box, you will need to take it home on the day and they will be approx. 1,100 mm square.

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