Yesterday we organised a trip to Melbourne Uni's dedicated Horticulture Campus-Burnley Campus together with Monash Permaculture, and Deakin Community Garden's people. One lecturer at the Burnley Campus, Chris, was nice enough to lead us a tour around the campus.
SInce most of us do not study at Burnley. the trip was definitely eye opening and mind blowing. We first went on a tour at Burnley gardens. Chris has an interest in planting weird edible plants which natural habitat are not in Melbourne(most of them). For example, Chinese Cedar "Flamingo"(Toona sinensis) has edible leaves that taste like onion and bacon. It is great if you serve it with stir-fried eggs. Other exotic edibles included with sapote(native in Mexico and South America) ,Bamboo(native in China), Ensete Ventricosum(Native in Ethiopia). There are also trees which are native to other states(eg. queensland) found to be growing well in Burnley Gardens. Thanks to the commitment from Chris and other people taking care of the garden, we are now more confident about growing un-native plants in Melbourne.
We then went to look at the veggie patches, which are managed by students at Burnley.
Following that, we visited the roof top garden at Burnley Campus. The roof top garden is absolutely pretty, ornamental flowers, herbs, succulents are scatter around nicely. There are also walkways and benches for students to sit there and chill out. How cool this is!
To wrap up today's event, we had a picnic at the lawn. We and our friends from Monash and Deakin sat down to share some great food. We also talked about setting up a community garden network for unis around Melbourne area. It's encouraging to see more conversation among community gardens run by uni students. Stay tune for more collaborated events from us!
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