Mackie Lane Garden

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.


Summer 2012-13
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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
The Mackie Lane Garden is located near the corner of Lang St and Military Rd Mosman, next to the Midas car centre.

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Autumn 2014

Summer 2013-14

Here is the latest garden plan.

The new Mackie Lane rotunda

Spring 2013

Greg's TeePea
Greg's strawberry vertical wall using pallets

The irises are blooming in the ponds

Sweet peas
Gill's potato bags

Burgeoning strawberry crop
Harvesting dinner 

May 2013

Garden at twilight - the tree has grown about 2 metres since we started
New garden beds on the right
Callum's garlic
Valerie's rhubarb
Greg's strawberries
Vertical gardening
Josie's succulents have grown from a single leaf 
Late 2012

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 
Keeping cool
New beds and early planting
Mackie Garden Extends
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. 

Here is the site for the garden extension with the new fence in September 2012. Watch this space to see the transformation over the next few months!

New section of the garden: before 

Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards 2012

In July 2012  Mosman Community Gardeners received the Keep Australia Beautiful  Sustainable Garden Award for Mackie Lane Community Garden  in the ‘Growing Community: creating and nurturing community gardens’ project in the Keep Australia Beautiful NSW Sustainable Cities Awards 2012.Riverwood Community Centre and Randwick City Council were runners up. 

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. 

Summer 2013

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

July 2012
April 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

Clare Stockdale 

Working Bee Sunday 6 November

Carlos hard a work!

The first planting

Building the prototype

Clearing the site 22 October 2011

The Site October 2011

Mackie Lane Google Street View circa 2005

Mackie Lane Community Garden site: a barren concrete wasteland