Saturday 20th October 2012 from 10am to 4pm
Jindivick Community Garden, at Kydd Parke Reserve in Jindivick is participating in West Gippsland’s Festival of Gardens – Gardivalia,  for the first time over the weekends of October 20th/21st and 27th/28th. The garden is open each day from 10am to 4pm.

This is a new and very picturesque community garden. It has been built entirely by the community and has been designed to be a shared community space for gardeners and non-gardeners alike. The majority of the plants in the garden are edible including fruit producing trees, scented shrubs and vegetables grown in raised garden beds. But this is also a memorial garden, with many local people choosing to donate a tree to the garden in honour of a loved family member or friend.

Local sculptors (specifically Graham Duell and Laurie Collins) have embraced the garden and donated pieces of their work that are dotted throughout the garden. There is a magnificent carved timber Entrance Archway; a clay cast ‘Boy on a Pumpkin’ and a life size metal ‘Garden Cow’.

Local resident Rod Plant has crafted the unusual garden arbour that resembles a row of shepherds’ crooks and has also erected the simple but moving timber bushfire memorial that mirrors similar memorials in the nearby Nangara Reserve and at Kydd Parke Reserve.

On Saturday, October 20th the Jindivick Community Garden is running a special celebration day. In the morning, Penny Woodward, the doyenne of Australian Herbs and Edible plants, will run a 2 hour garden workshop entitled ‘Growing Herbs with Penny Woodward’ at the garden. Entry to the garden on that morning, from 10am to 12noon, is $10 and includes the garden workshop. Bookings are essential. Please contact Megan at to reserve a place.

Entry to the garden after midday on Saturday, October 20th, is $2. Throughout the day visitors to the garden will be able to

  • Wander through this picturesque garden and appreciate the wide variety of plants being grown here
  • Learn about the short history of the garden from active garden members
  • Admire some of the unique sculpture works donated to the garden by local artists
  • Enjoy real coffee and local scones whilst taking in the beautiful scenery in and around the garden
  • Purchase sausages and drinks whilst watching a cricket match on the adjacent cricket oval
  • Purchase a wide range of edible herbs and plants from the garden plant stall
  • Suggest a name for the garden cow! Best name wins a prize

The garden will also be open on October 21st, 27th and 28th from 10am to 4pm. The entry fee on those dates will be $2 per visitor.
For further information on Jindivick Community Garden or if you would like to be involved in this garden, please contact Megan Asling by emailing