You, Your Garden and Climate Change - Free Master Class / GGP event

We are delighted to be offering this free Master Class, presented by Dr Greg Moore, OAM, one of Australia's leading tree experts.

Public and private gardens are going to be major contributors to how cities cope with climate change. They will have profound health, economic and environmental benefits for our society if we get things right. What can you do in your little, or big patch to make a difference?

Join us for this special presentation exploring how you at an individual level can play a role in preventing climate change and benefiting planetary health.

Book your ticket HERE

 

Dr Greg Moore, OAM   

Dr Greg Moore is one of Australia's leading and best known tree experts. Greg's extensive industry involvement includes his time as Principal of the Burnley campus of Melbourne University for almost 20 years, as well as Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Resource Management. Greg is also on the board of a number of industry groups (including SGA, Greening Australia (Victoria) and Treenet) as well as being highly sought after for lecturing, public speaking, writing and supervising research.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for five days following the session. Please book a ticket prior to the class date to access the recording.


Connected Open Space - Free Master Class / GGP event

We are delighted to be offering this free Master Class on Connected Open Space, presented by Dr Greg Moore, OAM, one of Australia's leading tree experts.

During the various COVID lockdowns, people flocked to open space - parks, gardens linear parks along waterways. These spaces were vital for peoples' health, wellbeing and coping strategies. Open space needs to be functional and connected open space is essential if it is to perform its role in a modern city. Not everyone has equal access to open space and in many cities, properly connected open space can be rare.

Join us for this special presentation exploring how our cities and communities can benefit from connected open spaces.

Book your ticket HERE

 

Dr Greg Moore, OAM   

Dr Greg Moore is one of Australia's leading and best known tree experts. Greg's extensive industry involvement includes his time as Principal of the Burnley campus of Melbourne University for almost 20 years, as well as Senior Lecturer and Head of the School of Resource Management. Greg is also on the board of a number of industry groups (including SGA, Greening Australia (Victoria) and Treenet) as well as being highly sought after for lecturing, public speaking, writing and supervising research.

 

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for five days following the session. Please book a ticket prior to the class date to access the recording.


Understanding Weather for Gardeners - Master Class

To enable us to best design and grow our green spaces, gardening in a changing climate requires a robust weather & climate understanding. This master class will help you join the dots between large-scale climate patterns (like La Niña & El Niño) and our daily weather & gardening lives. Weaving together key weather principles with topics like annual rainfall and topography, frost and drought, this session will equip  gardeners with a practical weather knowledge foundation for their growing endeavours.

Please Note:

  • This class will draw on Victoria and Melbourne as key location examples, however the principles will be the same for most gardeners in South-East Australia (roughly between Adelaide and Sydney, and not too far inland).
  • If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for five days following the session. Please purchase a ticket prior to the class date to access the recording.

Presenter: Jeremy Prentice

Born in a time when Victoria was still commonly referred to as the Garden State, Jeremy has long been fascinated with the lives of our botanical friends. With experience ranging from edible landscaping to tropical glasshouse curation, hunting Nepenthes sp. and Rafflesia sp. (aka photographing), to stewarding vegetative giants like Victoria sp. and Amorphophallus titanum, Jeremy has been working and growing in horticulture for a number of decades. These days he is exploring the wondrous complexity of understanding our weather and climate patterns, and finding unique and enjoyable ways to share those stories with willing ears.

Enter the Understanding Weather (UW) courses: designed as applied weather knowledge to enrich our daily lives, each tailored version draws on the same principles, with the content crafted to suit the learners' niche - be it for Gardeners (UW for Gardeners), Lovers (UW.4.LVRS), or the deeply committed WeatherNurd (our year-long multisession course).

Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes. You can become a Friend of SGA here.


Growing Subtropical Plants in Cool Climates - Master Class

Holidaying at home might be wearing a bit thin, but creating a tropical paradise in your home garden can bring holiday-like joy. There's a range of subtropical plants that are great for permaculture and home food gardens and that can be grown in cooler climates if you know how. Avocados, babacos, macadamias, bananas, coffee, turmeric, galangal and ginger - have we got your interest!?

Join Karen Sutherland in this Master Class on successfully growing subtropical plants in Australia.

This class will be most suitable for gardeners in the Southern parts of Australia, including Victoria, South Australia, Tasmania and the cooler parts of NSW. However, anyone who would like to learn more about growing subtropical plants is welcome to attend.

Please Note:

  • If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for one week following the session. Please purchase a ticket prior to the class date to access the recording.

 

About Karen Sutherland:

Karen Sutherland has spent her life in the garden, from an 8 year old growing vegetables to training at Ceres, Melbourne Zoological Gardens and Burnley College, as well as Permaculture Design with Bill Mollison. She spent 20 years maintenance gardening and landscaping, before focusing on edible plants in her business Edible Eden Design. She writes, teaches, speaks and consults on a range of edible gardening projects, including collaborative indigenous interpretive gardens. She has a micro-nursery, selling native food plants and others online as well as a range of interpretive plant ID signs for bush food gardens.

 

Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes. You can become a Friend of SGA here.


GGP Peer Evening - Werribee Park Gardening for Good

This free special presentation is brought to you by SGA's Green Gardening Professionals program.

The GGPs are professional gardeners, horticulturists, landscapers, food gardeners, educators, trainers and nursery people who are committed to contributing to a sustainable future through the world of gardening. For more info on the GGP program and becoming a member please visit the SGA website here.

This month we're lucky to be hearing from Parks Victoria's James Brincat and his colleagues at Werribee Park, situated 35km west of Melbourne. Werribee Park, including Werribee Mansion and the Victoria State Rose Garden is a renowned venue for hosting festivals, music events and weddings however recent COVID lockdowns have severely impacted the running of this significant and loved heritage site.

In an inspiring move they have partnered with AMES Australia and their local Sikh community to make this time an opportunity to assist their local community and help those in need. This is a great example of how horticulture and those of us in the industry can have a positive impact on not only the environment but also the people around us.

This presentation will include discussion on these projects and a saag cooking demonstration, followed by a Q & A.

To attend this special free webinar register HERE     (or click the green ticket button in top right corner above and pop in your details).

 

 


Grow Into Summer - Vegie Gardening Master Class

Summer is just around the corner. Is your garden ready?

In this online workshop, biologist and permaculture teacher Donna Livermore will help you prepare for growing vegetables this summer, whether you have a large, small or balcony garden.

Donna will provide expert tips and tricks on soil preparation, planting and maintenance of your summer crops. There will also be an opportunity to troubleshoot your gardening problems in a Q&A with Donna.

 

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for five days following the session. Please purchase a ticket prior to the class date to access the recording.
  • This class is suitable for gardeners in temperate and cool climates.

 

Presenter: Donna Livermore

Donna Livermore is an educator, biologist, permaculture and gardening teacher. She is passionate about living a life of good health and sustainable abundance with a strong connection to the environment and local community.

Donna has many years of experience growing a productive food garden in the front yard of her tiny suburban block in Melbourne and more recently on a larger site in Central Victoria, where she is realising her goal of food resilience and growing high quality, nutrient dense food.

Donna is reimagining what it means to live a good life and shares this with others in her local community and through her Instagram page, A Good Life in the City & Town.

 

Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes. You can become a Friend of SGA here.


Growing Native Food Plants

Learn how to grow and use native food plants with Karen Sutherland from Edible Eden Design.

Native plants have been used as a source of food for thousands of years. Yet until recently native edibles have been largely overlooked and under-utilised in our backyards.

This class will explore a range of native edible and useful plants that are suitable for a variety of gardens: from urban backyards to schools to public spaces. Karen will share a range of real-life native food gardens and provide advice for using native edibles in your own garden.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for three days following the session. Please register prior to the class to access the recording.
  • Karen is based in Victoria and this class may emphasise plants suitable for the southern states of Australia (Vic, SA, NSW, Tas). However gardeners from all over the world are more than welcome!

Friends of SGA (FOSGA), Members and Green Gardening Professionals (GGPs) receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes.

 

About Karen Sutherland:

Karen has spent her life in the garden, from an 8 year old growing vegetables to training at Ceres, Melbourne Zoological Gardens and Burnley College, as well as Permaculture Design with Bill Mollison. She spent 20 years maintenance gardening and landscaping, before focusing on edible plants in her business Edible Eden Design. She writes, teaches, speaks and consults on a range of edible gardening projects, including collaborative indigenous interpretive gardens. She has a micro-nursery, selling native food plants and others online as well as a range of interpretive plant ID signs for bush food gardens.


Growing Backyard Fruit Trees

Learn the principles of backyard orchard culture with Angelo Eliades from Deep Green Permaculture.

When fruit trees are not properly maintained, they can become overgrown and hard to manage. Harvesting, netting, pruning and spraying become needlessly difficult, and the glut of fruit produced all at once is usually lost to birds and possums!

Backyard orchard culture is an innovative system in which high-density plantings of fruit trees are maintained at a small size for easier maintenance. Using this technique, it is possible to produce excellent yields without excess and waste, while extending your crops throughout the year.

In this online webinar, Angelo will cover pruning, pest & disease management, feeding and general fruit tree care. He will also explain which productive plants and companion plants can be planted beneath fruit trees.

Please note:

  • If you are unable to attend the live online class, a recording will be available to watch for one week following the session. Please register prior to the class to access the recording.
  • This class is suitable for all gardeners in climates where deciduous fruit trees can be grown.

Friends of SGA (FOSGA), Members and Green Gardening Professionals (GGPs) receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes.

 

About Angelo Eliades

Angelo is a presenter, trainer and writer in the areas of sustainable gardening and permaculture. He works part time as a horticulturist, writes for Good Organic Gardening Australia magazine, has a demonstration food forest garden in Melbourne’s inner suburbs, and runs the educational website Deep Green Permaculture (https://deepgreenpermaculture.com/)


Green Spaces: Vertical, Rooftop and Rain Gardens

Learn how you can create a beautiful and thriving garden, no matter how restricted your space.

In this Master Class, horticulturalist Sarah Hardgrove will discuss a range of different growing systems suitable for a variety of different spaces including vertical gardens, rooftop gardens and raingardens. Sarah will show you how to set up the infrastructure for your garden and will also cover plant selection and maintenance.

If you are unable to attend the live class, a recording will be available to watch for three days following the session. Please register prior to the class to access the recording.

 

Master Class Presenter: Sarah Hardgrove

Sarah is a horticulturalist and landscape designer with experience in designing, installing and maintaining a wide variety of green infrastructure elements from green walls and rooftop gardens to raingardens, ground level gardens and terrace courtyards. Passionate about sustainable gardening, urban agriculture, urban greening and enhancing biodiversity, she loves sharing her knowledge to encourage more people to connect with plants and nature. Sarah works as horticulturalist at Bulleen Art & Garden, and runs her own consulting, design and maintenance business, Wildgrove Horticulture. She conducts regular workshops for councils and educational institutions on a variety of gardening and environment related topics.


Wildlife Gardens

Learn how to create wildlife habitat in your very own backyard.

In this masterclass, wildlife scientist and consultant Wouter van Dongen will teach you how to identify what wildlife may visit your garden as well as the practical steps you can take to attract these species. Wouter will cover everything from creating the correct vegetation structure to attracting birds, insects, frogs, lizards and much more! Whether you own a large forest block, or a small balcony in the suburbs, anyone can contribute to improving the habitat for local wildlife and aiding in their conservation.

If you are unable to attend the live class, a recording will be available to watch for three days following the session. Please register prior to the class to access the recording.

 

Master Class Presenter - Wouter van Dongen

Wouter van Dongen, has a Doctorate in Zoology, and has travelled the world as a wildlife research scientist. He also has a strong background in horticulture and runs a horticultural business in Melbourne. Wouter’s passion for both wildlife conservation and horticulture has provided the perfect background for his role as a consultant in creating wildlife gardens. He has created wildlife gardens throughout Melbourne and presented workshops at special gardening events for councils, garden clubs and others. His work in wildlife conservation has led to over forty articles in scientific journals and magazines and multiple radio interviews.


Climate Action Through Urban Agriculture - Online Webinar

This event is part of the 2021 Urban Agriculture Month 

A garden is more than just an outdoor room, a place for relaxation and fun, a place that adds value to your home.

It should also be a place of Climate Action where you can connect with the environment and implement changes to reduce your contribution to CO2-e emissions and help build climate resilience.

In this Webinar we will use the Climate7 framework (www.climate7.com)  to explore how gardening and urban farming can be a part of a personal  and community Climate Action plan.

 

 

Ticket Options

You only need to register for 1 ticket per home.

There are two ticket options available.

  1. Attend online  + recording
  2. Recording only

Growing from Seed

Discover how to build your own seed raising system in this practical DIY online class.

Kaye Roberts-Palmer will explain how everyday items can be used to grow vegetables in a simple and budget-friendly way. The class will cover the entire propagation process from selecting a seed raising mix through to planting your seedlings out in the garden. The class includes a practical and fun demonstration of how to make a propagation unit using recycled materials.

If you are unable to attend the live class, a recording will be available to watch for three days following the session. Please purchase a ticket for the class to access the recording. Everyone who purchases a ticket will be sent a link to the recording whether they attend the live class or not.

About Kaye Roberts-Palmer

Kaye is the director of Blue Bee Garden Design and the founder of the award-winning Save Our Citrus campaign. She writes for both Organic Gardener Magazine and Plant Hunter Magazine and has also been featured on various radio programs including 3AW Breakfast and 774 Saturday Breakfast. Kaye has presented over 100 workshops and studied horticulture at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley College.


Landscaping with Native Plants

Learn everything you need to know to turn your garden into a native plant oasis.

In this workshop, David Sparks will explain how to design, create and maintain a thriving and beautiful native garden. You will learn about a range of native landscaping plants including how to plant them and what conditions and care that they need to thrive.

If you are unable to attend the live class, a recording will be available to watch for two days following the session. Please book a ticket prior to the class to access the recording.

Master Class Presenter - David Sparks

David is an experienced horticultural teacher who has studied Ecology and Botany at the University of Queensland. He has had 6 years experience in ecological restoration and environmental education and is the former manager of SKINC native nursery.


Becoming a Food Citizen: Free Master Class

 

Please Note: This event has finished but a recording is now available for a limited period of time at: www.sgaonline.org.au/becoming-a-food-citizen-master-class-recording/

 

Learn how you can help to create a healthier and more sustainable food system in this free online class, presented by Kylie Newberry, founder of Our Food System.

A food citizen is someone who shapes the food system for the better and encourages others to do the same. Taking small steps towards building and supporting a healthy, sustainable and fair system is something we can all do.

This session will outline 10 active steps you can take to become a food citizen. This includes action in the home, community and at an advocacy level. Participants will leave knowing that they are empowered food citizens with the power to transform the food system for the better.

If you are unable to attend the live class, a recording will be available to watch for three days following the session.

Presented by Kylie Newberry 

Kylie is a writer, speaker and advocate and the founder of Our Food System. She graduated from City University, London in 2011 with a Master’s degree in Food Policy. Kylie’s passion lies in transforming the food system to deliver a range of health, environmental, social and economic outcomes. She works with individuals, community groups, companies and the local government and has created and presented a cutting edge unit in Food Citizenship for the B. Nutrition and Dietetics at Queensland University of Technology. Through her involvement with the Brisbane Fair Food Alliance, Kylie advocates for local and equitable food systems in South East Queensland and she was recently awarded semi-finalist in the global Food Systems Vision Prize. Learn more about Kylie's work at ourfoodsystem.com


Growing Citrus - Online Master Class Delivered Via Zoom

Join Kaye Roberts-Palmer as she shares tips and tricks for keeping your backyard citrus trees beautiful, healthy and productive in this online class.

Kaye will cover all things citrus including seasonal care, pruning, organic pest control and managing nutrient deficiencies. The workshop will also cover how to control the dreaded citrus gall wasp.

Friends of SGA receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes. You can become a Friend of SGA here: www.sgaonline.org.au/join-fosga/

 

About Kaye Roberts-Palmer

Kaye is the director of Blue Bee Garden Design and the founder of the award-winning Save Our Citrus campaign. She writes for both Organic Gardener Magazine and Plant Hunter Magazine and has also been featured on various radio programs including 3AW Breakfast and 774 Saturday BreakfastKaye has presented over 100 workshops and studied horticulture at the University of Melbourne’s Burnley College.