Home Harvest Garden Tour
One day, ten edible urban gardens & you!
We’re thrilled to announce we’re working with Eat Well Tasmania and Sustainable Living Tasmania to hold the inaugural “Home Harvest” garden tour in the Hobart municipality! Special thanks to the City of Hobart for funding this great initiative.
Home Harvest is a one day event this March 7th, running across Hobart where productive gardens open their gates to the public so they can look, learn and get inspired to grow some of their own food. Urban food production can happen anywhere and anytime. Whether you have a tiny courtyard, a sprawling backyard, are in a rental house or a family home; food gardening can be included to help build household resilience and personal health and wellbeing.
How do you get to go?
Below are a list of the ten gardens featured in Home Harvest. At the bottom of the page you can book in to the gardens you’re keen to see. You’ll then receive a confirmation email to secure your place.
How long does Home Harvest run for?
Most gardens will be open from 10am – 3pm. HOWEVER, a few gardens are only open at select times. Please take note of the ticket options which will provide this detail.
We’ll send through the addresses for each garden shortly before the day – plus any other relevant information for each site.
Blue House Garden, South Hobart
Open from 10am – 12:30pm
The Wells family: Based loosely on permaculture principles, this garden contains mature and young trees, nuts and fruit, berries, herbs and vegetables in season and bees and chickens, worms as well as ornamentals. It is a messy garden but very productive. “In 2016 – the last time we attempted to record our produce – we produced close to 400 kg of fruit, vegetables and honey and 300 plus eggs. We think we are probably exceeding that total now.”
Fern Tree Garden
Open from 10am – 3pm
“We grow a variety of fruit including raspberries, currants, blueberries, loganberries, tayberries, strawberries and vegetables (salad greens, beans, peas, garlic, rhubarb, broccoli, brussel sprouts) in an animal proof tunnel. We are also currently trying out large wicking beds in a poly tunnel with tomatoes, eggplant, capsicum, watermelon and cape gooseberries. A potted herb garden near our kitchen has all the usual herbs. We preserve much of our produce and our aim is to provide food for our family throughout the year.”
New Town Garden
Open from 10am – 3pm
A small (120m2) urban food garden in New Town. We grow 20 varieties of fruit using dwarf, miniature, double-graft and espalier trees, vines and lots of berries for a year-round harvest. Raised and no-dig beds plus a greenhouse, green-wall and containers produce most of our veggies. We also grow herbs and keep chickens for eggs. Originally solid clay where even weeds wouldn’t grow, lots of manure and mulch have transformed it into a well-drained, worm-laden, abundant garden that provides a large percentage of our food needs within a very small space.
Good Life Permaculture, South Hobart
Open 11am – 2pm
Good Life Permaculture’s garden is spread across approximately 3/4 acre less than 2.7kms from Hobart City. It includes two milking goats (Gerty and Jilly), chickens, honey bees, compost systems, veggie garden and large orchards. This garden is on a very, very steep property, so working with slope has been a key design consideration.
Please note, the only access to this garden is via a very steep, uneven 100m staircase.
Sulyn’s Garden, South Hobart
Open 10am – 3pm
Source Community Wholefoods, Sandy Bay
Wendy’s Garden, Sandy Bay
Open 10pm – 3pm
The garden evolved around established fruit trees including a fig and walnut, with additional plantings including evergreens (citrus, feijoa, olive, avocado, passion fruit) for winter interest and bands of roses for colour. Food garden beds are patterned around the trees. A boundary adjustment added another fig and allowed more fruit trees and a large vegetable patch and berry cage. Prunings and waste are composted. Drip irrigation, minimal digging, meticulous weed removal, foliar feeding and living mulches are employed. Pests include blackbirds (netting needed), cockatoos (hosed off to deter), rats (trapped) and codling and oriental fruit moths (biological control virus spray). Please note, if you’d like a guided tour for this garden, arrive on the hour – i.e. 12pm, 1pm and 2pm.
Liz’s Garden, West Hobart
Open 10am – 3pm
“I live in West Hobart on a quarter acre block and have a small market garden and plant nursery. I sell my vegetables to local restaurants. I sell my plants in the front garden on a Sunday and at the all Saints Market in South Hobart on the last Saturday of the month.”
Anja & Damian’s Garden, South Hobart
Open 10am – 3pm
Anja and Damian built their home 11 years ago and have worked hard to transform a bare block into a space for family, food growing, native garden, bees and chickens! Their most recent permaculture adventures have seen them install some cold frame beds and a deep litter system for their ‘girls’ (chickens) – alongside expanding their veggie patch to include more growing space. The bees are at the front of our block and we are still learning about compost but trying hard…! We would love to welcome you to our space and hope our inspiration can become yours too. Please note, this is an internal block and parking is along the road.
Gaby’s House, South Hobart
Open 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm
“My garden is mainly a food productive garden, I have fruit trees, berries, a large asparagus bed, composting and worm bins. I like to experiment with food plants that are not normally grown like sweet potatoes, purslane, some indigenous plants , some edible weeds. I grow lots of herbs that I cut and supply a market stall with. I have oregano, marjoram, curry leaf, several thymes, chives, mints etc. Also have a small hothouse where I grow a small banana plant, pineapple and some date plant seedlings for fun.”