Kate Herd & Karen Sutherland, Australia
Designing the Native Food Garden
Burnley: Monday 10.45am – 12.15pm ⇨ $95
Bio – Kate Herd
Kate is an artist, author and designer who combines a love of the Australian bush, with an interest in botany, printmaking and a passion for making and designing gardens. The author of Kitchen Gardens of Australia and Native: Art and Design with Australian Plants (With Jela Ivankovic-Waters) Kate is enthused by all types of gardens but especially gardens that celebrate a distinct sense of place with sensitive and imaginative planting. In her residential design work, she has delighted in pushing the boundaries of what Australian plants can do. Experimental pruning of native trees and shrubs and the search for ‘seriously good Aussie plants’ are ongoing preoccupations and she happily combines native and indigenous species with exotics from similar climatic zones. Kate has an eccentric native/exotic/edible-garden in Melbourne.
Bio – Karen Sutherland
Growing up in country Victoria, Karen has grown her own food since she could wield a shovel and devoted her working life to horticulture. For the last 10 years, her business Edible Eden Design, has focused on helping others to grow their own food, mostly in urban situations, through her consulting, designing, writing and educating. With a lifelong passion for native plants, it has been a natural progression to incorporate edible natives into her designs. Working collaboratively with schools and community groups, she now installs bush food and indigenous interpretive gardens. Her own garden, Gunyah, has 200 edible and useful plants, a quarter of which are Australian natives. Her award-winning first book, Tomato; Know Sow Grow Feast was co-authored with Penny Woodward and Janice Sutton.
Join Karen Sutherland and Kate Herd for this workshop on designing native food gardens for both production and aesthetics.
This session will cover selection of useful and edible Australian species suitable for temperate regions; their growing tolerances as well as their use and application in the kitchen and beyond. Focus will be on how to combine edible natives in an ornamental way for year-round garden structure and amenity, while also zoning plants according to their water, nutrient and cultivation requirements.
This workshop will also look at how edible gardens can be designed for pre-school, school and community spaces – with the presentation of a number of case studies of bush food trails, integrated plantings and small standalone displays. There will be a hands-on component with many plants for participants to smell, touch and taste.
Karen and Kate are keen to build native food gardens that are as at home in the cities where we increasingly live, as in the bush where these plants originate. In the process of growing edible natives we can develop a deeper awareness of our amazing Australian flora and pay respect to Indigenous knowledge and culture.