Open Gardens

Visit our Samford Edible Garden Trail Open WEEKEND, 6 & 7 August, 2022

We are excited to bring you TWELVE inspiring edible gardens in 2022 – six of which are open for the first time to the public. See below for details of each garden, including accessibility and access for each of these fantastic gardens.

The Wicking Bed Garden

Opened to the public for the first time. Lee Walker knows everything about wicking beds! On this tour you will see different types of wicking beds and how they are made, as well as an array of fruit and vegetables you can grow. Wicking beds are used all around the world where water as scarce. They are very efficient irrigation systems that will work well for our climate, especially people who rely on tank water.

What can you see at this garden?

  • Different types of wicking beds and how they are made!
  • Established fruit trees in wicking beds
  • Composting system
  • Shade house set up with wicking beds
  • Seedling establishment
  • Vegetable varieties in wicking beds

Location: Wights Mountain

Accessibility: Easy (sloping lawn, gravel and mulch paths)

The Live, Work & Grow Garden

Opened to the public for the first time. Sonia and her family have created an inspirational design for village living, with a small garden and verge packed full of edibles, creating a sanctuary of space saving dwarf fruit trees, living mulch, vegetables, flowers, interesting materials and structural features.

What can you see at this garden?  

  • Suburban, village location, built for flexibility
  • Creative, clever use of small space with formal vegetable beds
  • Verge garden full of edibles and flowers including sweet potato as ground cover
  • Space saving, dwarf fruit trees
  • Micro greens and potting space
  • Worm farms & bokashi bins

Location: Samford Village

Accessibility: Easy access from the street, however please be aware that this is a small space with some steps and uneven ground.

Productive Italian Garden

Opened to the public for the first time. Tony and Ruth’s garden is something to behold. It has a formal design, with the orchard planted in formal rows with garden edging and built in irrigation. The vegetable garden is highly productive and Tony incorporates a rotating planting system. And as a side note, if you like chook houses you really need to check this one out!

What can you see at this garden?

  • Orchard in 6 long rows of 21m x 1.5m with variety of edging
  • Grapes for table and wine making, cider apples, variety of stone fruits, citrus, olives and raspberries
  • Vegetable garden in 7 rows of 6m x 1.5m beds using crop rotation and variety of growing techniques
  • Native gardens for privacy and water run off management
  • Enclosed dam and chook house
  • Top bar bee hive and native bee hive

Location: Samford Valley

Accessibility: Flat block with easy access along short driveway; easy street parking


Opened to the public for the first time. Developing food forest cleverly designed on a slope with swales to channel water flow and dense planting for biomass along with a formal style kitchen garden where daily pickings are abundant from various growing structures and wicking beds.

What can you see at this garden?  

  • Newly planted food forest on a slope – use of swales to channel water flow, layering methods and dense planting for biomass
  • Large established fruit trees and over 40 new fruit trees including 7 varieties of bananas
  • Kitchen garden area with formal style garden beds, pathways and growing structures
  • 6 wicking beds

Location: Highvale

Accessibility: Street parking available on road edges; driveway mildly steep, only approximately 50 metres

My Food Garden

Opened to the public for the first time. Peter Kearney has created an organic, biodynamic garden in a 200-meter square patch, using crop rotation and intercropping to optimise production. The methods of intensive management on display show how to maximise crop volume and health. This garden contains an extensive range of perennial and annual vegetables, herbs, fruits and tubers for abundant daily pickings. This garden is located on the same property as Loop Growers and within eyesight.

What can you see at My Food Garden?  

  • Biodynamic systems and design principles
  • Tips for organic gardening
  • Perennial and annual veges, herbs and tubers; and an array of fruit trees.
  • Intercropping and other design features for maximising growth while regenerating the soil.

Location: Draper

Accessibility: Easy – access via dirt driveway to ample parking area and short walk to farm.

Loop Growers

Opened to the public for the first time. Alice and Phil are local growers who have created an innovative loop system for their bio-intensive farm. They work with local restaurants and cafes to collect excess organic materials, that would otherwise go to landfill, and bring it back through the farm via worms, goats, chickens and compost piles, to cycle back as fresh produce. The focus is on a wholistic approach of integrating systems and focus on community engagement.

What can you see at Loop Growers Farm?  

  • Systems to reduce your carbon footprint such as colour coded bins for separating, collecting and reusing excess materials.
  • Composting systems such as worm farms; chickens and goats for manure; hot compost piles.
  • Raising seedlings using mix of compost and aged pine bark mulch.
  • Ways to promote creek health – including weed eradication and revegetation.

Location: Draper

Accessibility: Easy – access via dirt driveway to ample parking area and short walk to farm.

Upcycled down-to-earth garden

Trent and Peita’s enthusiasm for growing edibles is infectious and their willingness to share information inspired so many of the visitors in 2021. Their garden is a sloped acreage block on a hillside at the back of Highvale. They have created clever solutions to work with the challenge of initial poor soil quality and to capture water runoff.

What can you see at this garden?

  • DIY up cycled raised beds and wicking beds made of spa baths and water tanks chock full of leafy greens and other seasonal veggies and flowers.
  • Mini swales running along the slope to grow vegetables and catch water.
  • Strawberries used as a living mulch.
  • Orchard using cardboard and mulch as weed suppressant.
  • Soil creation with horse manure delivered in bulk.

Location: Highvale

Accessibility: Somewhat challenging (steep access driveway)

The Landscaping Garden

Edible gardening and landscaping are combined beautifully at John and Pauline’s 1.5 acre block in Highvale. Between them, they have a wealth of knowledge built up over years of organic gardening.

What can you see at this garden?  

  • Fruit tree swales running along the contour that catch the water runoff.
  • A dwarf banana swale is the best we have seen in the valley (and this says a lot!).
  • Fruit trees planted in combination with an expansive lawn, including macadamias and citrus.
  • Meticulously designed terraced raised vegetable beds that follow the hillside.
  • A highly productive method of growing ginger and turmeric in raised garden beds.
  • An enclosed swale growing a diversified crop of fruit trees and pineapples that are protected from birds and possums.

Location: Highvale

Accessibility: Moderate (steep driveway, terraced garden with stairs)

Tree-changers acreage escape

Mike and Imogen’s four-acre garden, nestled in the hills beneath the d’Aguilar Range, is an example of what can be achieved by a couple of beginner, weekend gardeners in a year. They bought the property with a number of established fruit trees and have since installed a huge ‘Covid’ veggie plot, chooks, a burgeoning food forest and more.

Mike and Imogen can show you around their gorgeous block, share tips on a huge variety of topics including keeping chooks and bees, managing water in dry and wet seasons, subtropical crops, herbal teas, seed-saving and home-made fertilizers!

What can you see at Mike and Imogen’s

  • Simple, practical tips for beginners!
  • Established fruit trees, including bananas, pawpaws, avocados, olive trees, and a mini citrus orchard.
  • A highly productive, organic vegetable garden and subtropical cottage/herb garden.
  • Creative use of available space and structures with fence-line plantings of berries and climbers like peas, beans, passionfruit and dragonfruit.
  • A free-range flock of heritage breed chookies and a productive top bar beehive.
  • Plantings of over 1,000 (tiny) native plants to regenerate bush areas of the block and attract native insects and birds.

Location: Highvale

Accessibility: Easy (sloping lawn, gravel paths), bees

Living Patterns Permaculture Garden

Jenny Kato’s permaculture garden is an evolving edible ecosystem where she is constantly experimenting and creating based on the living patterns of nature. Having started with formal beds, her garden has since outgrown its straight lines, embracing a winding pattern of paths and intimate spaces, framed within an ever-growing and changing diversity of edible, functional and decorative plants. 

Jenny loves sharing her knowledge and is always willing to help others create their own garden as a space which is as regenerative for the gardener as it is for the plants they grow.

What can you see at Living Patterns Permaculture Garden?  

  • Permaculture design and principles in action
  • Three garden rooms demonstrating different styles of edible gardening suitable for urban backyards
  • A blend of perennial and annual vegetables, herbs and flowers along with Jenny’s favourite ornamentals
  • An established permaculture food forest
  • A newly created Micro Market Garden

Location: Highvale

Accessibility: This is an intensively planted garden, paths are narrow and visitors are asked to remain on the designated paths in a one way direction. Not suitable for prams or wheelchairs.

Millen Farm

Millen Farm Market Garden is a community small-scale farm originally managed by farmer Arran from Powerful Owl Permaculture.  Arran transformed a ‘blank canvas’ site around 6 years ago into productive plots for showcasing small scale urban farming.  At the end of 2020, the site was re-invented when Arran was joined by Nick and Liam from the Mini Farm Project. The Mini Farm Project is an innovative model of small scale diversified farming that aims to donate half of its produce to the charity Meals on Wheels.

Saturday is the day the farmers will be harvesting and packing their fresh produce therefore there will be no farm tours. However, you can watch them doing the picking and of course purchase the fresh produce. On Sunday, there will be continuous tours of the farm.

Millen Farm Education Centre is still in the early stages of growth, but the infrastructure and plans for the education centre will be sure to inspire and delight learners of all ages.  Bring the kids along to participate in some simple garden activities & buy some seasonal seedlings.

Millen Farm Hub This is a designated hub for the Trail. This is the place to come if you are looking for market stalls, a coffee van, and of course toilets.

A large picnic area will be available all participants to use, whether it is for eating your home packed lunch or for consuming your pre ordered take away form one of the local cafes.

What can you see at Millen Farm?

  • Permaculture approaches applied to a productive farm
  • Weed tea fertigation methods
  • Enjoy a picnic overlooking the market garden
  • Order box of locally grown fresh produce
  • Book in for upcoming education classes
  • See the Medicinal & Tea Gardens. 

Location: Samford Village

Accessibility: Easy (grassy surfaces, can be uneven), bees

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