Recently I was asked to work collaboratively with the enthusiastic Carolyn Luder from Little Sprouts, another sustainable Moreland business. Lake Park Kindergarten in North Coburg was looking to integrate Bush Food plants and signage into their beautiful site adjoining Merri Creek. 

Lake Park Kindergarten received a grant from Moreland council, to help them enhance the biodiversity, natural and visual character of the centre’s environment, and promote public awareness and understanding of Aboriginal cultural heritage in the Merri Creek catchment.

Design

My simple garden design sketches covered three different parts of the site. The designs are used to help identify the plants now they are in the ground.

Preparation

As part of the site preparation, several yucca plants were removed, as although they are hardy and quite popular plants, their spiky leaf tips are definitely not  child friendly!

Celebration

Below are some pictures from the opening ceremony of the bush food garden.  Guests enjoyed an indigenous song by the children of Lake Park Kindy and tables full of delicious food and drinks made with bush food ingredients.

lants in the Lake Park Kindergarten Project include some of our favorites such as Lemon Myrtle, Native Sage and Native Thyme.  Each plant is easily identified by our own custom designed signs, including icons to indicate uses for ESL visitors and children.

 

We aim for all of our bush food gardens to include interpretative signage and our sign range is available in corflute (as shown) or powder coated metal.  

What a joy as an educator and gardener to work with Lake Park Kindergarten and the Little Sprouts Program to bring their vision of an edible native garden that supports local biodiversity for Merri creek and Moreland.

Book a consultation for your ELC with Karen