Lovely day for an open garden. Photo: Deb Hamilton
Lovely day for an open garden. Photo: Deb Hamilton

After a busy few weeks of planning and asking a lot from volunteers and members of the O’Connor COGS Garden, a beautiful day dawned on 23 April making a great start for our joint Open Day with the Uniting Church of O’Connor (UCOC).

The O’Connor COGS garden is on church land in the former tennis courts and we worked closely together to bring the concept of a joint open day and open garden to fruition. UCOC invited users of their hall to present stalls and performances, and the garden arranged stalls and demonstrations by Act for Bees, Capital Scraps composting, Canberra Seedsavers and Global Worming.

We publicised the event widely so it was rewarding to see so many people engaged in the composting and seedsaving workshops and to count two hundred visitors to the open garden. They enjoyed the abundance of the garden and asked many questions of our volunteer guides as they made their way along the one way path helped by a map and handout with details of different styles of gardening on show.

The garden is of course a work in progress – we hope that any of you who paid us a visit found it interesting and rewarding. None of it would have been possible without the help of garden members and other volunteers so a a massive thanks to all involved in making the Open Day such a memorable and enjoyable day.