Growing Herbs for Food and Medicine

Join Penny Woodward, author and horticultural editor of the ABC’s Organic Gardener Magazine, for a master class all about herbs.

Easy to grow and abundantly useful, herbs deserve a place in all gardens, large and small. In this class, Penny will explain how to grow a variety of herbs in your garden and discuss their culinary and medicinal uses. Herbs covered will include much-loved favourites as well as some lesser-known gems.

 

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.

 

Presenter: Penny Woodward

Penny is the author of 8 books on edible and useful plants, and the horticultural editor of the ABC’s Organic Gardener Magazine. Several of Penny’s books, articles and photographs have won awards, including an International Publishers Award and the Book Laurel from the Horticultural Media Association Australia for the best gardening book in the last two years, for her most recent book. Some of Penny’s best-selling books are Herbs for Australian GardensGrow Your Own Herbal RemediesGarlic, An organic guide to growing and using garlicPest Repellent Plants and Asian Herbs and Vegetables.

Penny is also a regular panellist on the 3CR gardening program, the Patron of the Herb Society of Victoria, a life member of the Australian Garlic Industry Association and a garlic judge at the Australian Food Awards.

Penny writes for Organic Gardener magazine, and for their website www.organicgardener.com.au as well as her own websites www.pennywoodward.com.au and www.australiangarlic.net.au . Penny’s books can be borrowed from libraries, bought from your favourite local bookshop or online from her website store https://www.pennywoodward.com.au/store/books-by-penny-woodward/

 

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


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.


Microgreens - Online Master Class delivered via Zoom

Learn how to grow tasty, nutrient-packed microgreens on your own kitchen windowsill in this online course.

Microgreens are a quick, easy and versatile crop, perfect for beginners and anyone interested in trying something new. This class will cover both indoor and outdoor growing as well as crop selection, planting, growing conditions and harvesting.

Friends of SGA (FOSGA) receive a 15% discount on all Master Classes when they enter the code which will be sent by email.


The Art of Watering - Online Master Class Delivered Via Zoom

Water is essential for plant health, but knowing how much, how often and when to water can be a challenge. Learn how to assess the watering needs of various fruit and vegetable plants in this online course.

Robin and Paul Gale-Baker will explain how to provide plants with the water they need to thrive while also conserving this precious resource.

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 the Presenters

Robin Gale-Baker is a former nursery owner and co-founder of Sustainable Macleod and the Macleod Organic Commuinity Garden. She was named the 2018 Victorian Senior of the Year (Healthy and Active Living Category) for her work within the community.

Paul Gale-Baker is a qualified permaculture designer and former director of Urban Shepherd, an edible garden design business. He is a founding member of Sustainable Macleod and the Macleod Organic Community Garden and is passionate about assisting people to become successful edible gardeners.