In October 2011 Mosman Community Gardeners received permission to garden on a small section of land at Mackie Lane. Since then we have turned a wasteland into an oasis and are expanding the garden. We now have space for many more gardeners and welcome new members.
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You can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or just come and see us at the gardens.
Mackie Lane has working bees on Wednesdays and Sundays 3.00 to 5.00 pm. First Sunday of the month we have a get together with BYO drinks and food at 5pm. Members visit the garden regularly to water and to set up for the working bees.
|Everyone who helps out at Mackie Lane gets a 'plaque' on the front gate|
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Here is the latest garden plan.
|The new Mackie Lane rotunda|
|Greg's strawberry vertical wall using pallets|
|The irises are blooming in the ponds|
|Gill's potato bags|
|Burgeoning strawberry crop|
|Garden at twilight - the tree has grown about 2 metres since we started|
|New garden beds on the right|
|Josie's succulents have grown from a single leaf|
We built the new garden beds over the summer months and made great progress.
|Our intrepid building team braving the summer sun|
|Kerry hard at work!|
|A new addition to the garden: an impressive terrarium|
|New beds and early planting|
Eight months after the garden started, Ausgrid and Mosman Council agreed to extend Mackie Lane garden to cover the remaining hard surfaces on the site. Mosman Council generously agreed to move the fence and this work was completed in September 2012. Work has been underway over 2013 to build beds on the new site and to build on the success of the original garden.
|New section of the garden: before|
Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards 2012
Bernie Murphy, CEO of Keep Australia Beautiful NSW, said in a media release:
“As a new category this year, Keep Australia Beautiful NSW had high expectations for entries in Sustainable Gardens and we weren’t disappointed. Many gardens across metro Sydney entered and the competition was very close.These gardens are very popular at the moment and are a great place for communities to come together to learn new skills, support healthy habitats, as well as native flora and fauna which are so important in metro areas.
Mackie Lane Subcommittee
In June 2012 Mackie gardeners elected the Mackie Lane Subcommittee to manage the garden.
- Chair - Peter Hook
- Garden Co-ordinator - Silvana Griffin
- Membership & Secretary MCG - Gill Lee
- Publicity & President MCG - Tina Jackson
- Material Supplies / Building - Lachlan Imrie, Chris Lee, Nick Collis-George
- Childrens’ Activities - Lindy Spencer
Garden Development Stage 1
|Mackie Lane google street view circa 2005|
The first stage of the garden was developed from October 2011 to May 2012 under the guidance of an MCG appointed interim committee. Our thanks go to members of the interim committee Gill Lee, Nick Collis-George, Tina Jackson and especially garden coordinator Flicc Walsh, who designed the garden, guided construction and devised the first planting plan.
|Flicc Walsh with fresh produce from the Mackie Lane Garden February 2012|
We took lots of photos as the garden developed. Scroll down to see what we have achieved since October 2011.
|Flowering artichoke November 2012|
|Making pot plant holders November 2012|
|The scare crow has been very effective|
|Sharing food and drinks after gardening October 2012|
The grand opening of Mackie Lane Community Garden on Sunday 26 February
|Tina Jackson with Mosman Mayor Anne Connon cutting the chocolate cabbage cake made by Silvana Griffin|
|Adhil Rihani from Bunnings (in red on left), Flicc Walsh, Mark Newman from Bunnings |
and Nick Collis-George (right)
|Tina Jackson (left) and Flicc Walsh|
|Mosman Mayor Anne Connon (left) with Robert Sloan from Ausgrid|
|Fleur Laurence from Ausgrid and family being photographed by Mosman Daily photographer|
|The garden was packed for the opening|
|Home made lemonade (see our recipes section) and garden vegetable art work by Jan Hook|
The garden is green and productive February 2012
Installing the ponds 1 January 2012
Putting up the wind breaks, making last high beds 18 December
|Every volunteer has a 'plaque' with their name on the front gate|
|Windbreaks on the fence are recycled State Library banners|
Making scarecrow and bird scarers in the rain 11 December
Kids Planting Day 4 December 2011
|We garden rain or shine!|
|Kerry Bullock and Lilian Andrew braving the rain|
Ready for Planting Day
Sunday 20 November - last working bee before planting day
|Anjelica Jackson and Frankie writing the 'to do' list|
Sunday 13 November 2011
Working Bee Sunday 6 November
|Carlos hard a work!|
|The first planting|
Building the prototype
The Site October 2011
Mackie Lane Google Street View circa 2005
|Mackie Lane Community Garden site: a barren concrete wasteland|