Be inspired by Karen’s years of experience

 Karen is an experienced speaker, teacher and garden tour leader. A lifetime of growing her own food informs her teaching and she has inspired many others to experience the joy of home food growing.  Karen is available to speak at events, forums and gardens clubs, as well as teaching classes and running hands-on workshops. 

She teaches and runs workshops for councils, community groups, workplaces, offices and in private gardens for groups of friends, as well as in her own home garden Gunyah at times. Interstate, Karen is available for teaching in capital cities by arrangement.

Book Karen to speak, teach or run a workshop

Speaking

Karen speaks on a variety of sustainable gardening topics, from native food plants in suburban gardens and kitchens, to growing better tomatoes. 

Teaching classes

Karen teaches on a range of topics relating to growing and using vegetables, herbs and native food plants, as well how to grow really amazing tomatoes! If you don’t find a class in the list below that suits you, Karen can tailor one.

Karen Sutherland, tomato growing workshop

Topics for classes :

  • Tomato growing masterclass
  • Small space big harvest
  • Attracting bees and beneficial insects into the garden
  • Vegetable growing for beginners 
  • Gardening by the seasons
  • Native food plants for garden and kitchen
  • Edible native plants for companion planting
  • Growing from seed or cuttings
  • Sensory garden plants
  • Using edible weeds
  • Grow your own herbal tea
  • Permaculture primer

Practical workshops

Karen also runs practical workshops on various subjects including seed saving, raingarden building, wicking bed building, building your own wall garden and fruit tree pruning.

“Both workshops were great, and so lovely of you to share the collective gardening wisdom, and to uphold the value of being a keen observer in the garden.” Susan, class participant

“Karen is so natural in sharing her big expanse of knowledge so generously and warmly. I loved her talk about tomato growing.” Nerida, class participant

Classes & workshops at Gunyah Garden

Classes and workshops at Karen’s garden in the northern suburbs of Melbourne are usually held on Saturdays and Sundays, running for 2-3 hours and often including refreshments made from the garden.  Attendees receive course notes, and a packet of seeds saved from Karen’s garden. Gunyah garden has over 200 edible and useful plants in an ornamental setting. Classes are held in a room overlooking the garden. To understand various plants we simply wander outside and see, smell and taste them.

Please Note:  Classes at Gunyah Garden are advertised on our website and our Facebook page as events. If you’d like to know of any upcoming classes as well as other events we may be holding, please sign up for our email newsletter list. 

We are no longer holding large Open Gardens so these small events and private garden tours are the only way to visit the garden.

Upcoming Classes and Events with Karen

Note: Tomato book events are also on our home page

Saturday 27 July 2019
2 pm - 4.30 pm

Gunyah Garden Class

Native Edibles - Walk, Talk, Taste - Class Full

 

 

This class is now full. If you would like to go on a wait-list, please email us at Karen@edibleeden.com.au

There are many edible native plants that are easy to grow in urban gardens and pots. Karen's own garden Gunyah grows over 40 native edible plants and is a great place to see how they grow. Learn how to bring these amazing plants into your kitchen to enjoy their unique aroma and flavour profiles.

We look at how to grow lemon myrtle and her lesser know cousin cinnamon myrtle. Native pepper as well as a range of salt bushes can be grown in suburban gardens if you know what to do. Take this opportunity to taste test a range of salt bushes, to find your favourite. We discuss a variety of native fruiting plants, such as midyim berries.

Learn: Which native edible plants are suitable for a suburban garden, in pots or in the ground and how to harvest & use them to enjoy their unique flavour and aroma profiles.

Enjoy: Detailed course notes, packet of Gunyah seeds, native food tastings made with Gunyah Garden produce, organic teas and coffee.

Wear: Warm clothing and outdoor shoes.

Cost: $55  

Location: Gunyah garden, 22 Lochinvar St. Pascoe Vale South VIC

Sunday 28 July 2019
10 am - 12.30 pm

Gunyah Garden Class

Winter Food Forest - Walk, Talk & Taste

Take this rare opportunity to visit Karen's own food forest, Gunyah in Pascoe Vale South for an intimate guided tour of what's on offer in winter. Karen's garden produces food all year round and there are a number of unusual edible plants that make this possible in winter, such as perennial bell pepper, avocado, yacon and choko.  

We are no longer holding large Open Gardens so these small events and private garden tours are the only way to visit the garden.

Learn: Learn how to grow more winter edibles, from annual to perennial, and reduce your reliance on shop bought produce; what permaculture food plants grow in winter in a cold climate; what to plant where to get the best results; how to manage your Food Forest over time to get the best harvests!

Enjoy: Detailed course notes, packet of Gunyah seeds, tastings of winter produce from the garden and of Karen's honey, organic teas and coffee.

Wear: Warm clothing and outdoor shoes.

Cost: $55  

Location: Gunyah garden, 22 Lochinvar St. Pascoe Vale South VIC

Wednesday 18 September 2019
6.15 pm - 7.45 pm
 

Unusual edibles in small spaces

Why grow carrots and capsicums when you can grow turmeric and dwarf tomatoes?

There are a range of unusual edibles that can be grown in pots and small spaces, in sun or shade. Come along and be inspired by author Karen Sutherland to grow some of these special plants, including native food plants such as lemon myrtle or desert lime. Karen’s award-winning co-authored book, Tomato – know, sow, grow feast will be available on the night.

Free event

EnviroCentre  Altona Library
123 Queen Street Altona 3018

Sunday 26 September 2019
7 pm - 8 pm
 

Tomato talk, book sales & signing

Come along to hear some top tomato growing tips from award winning author Karen Sutherland.

Learn how to prepare your soil properly, when and how to protect your precious plants and the pros and cons of various pruning and training techniques. Discover the world of heirloom tomatoes and bring excitement to your garden and kitchen!

Free event

Pachamama Wholefoods + Kitchen
74-78 Sydney Rd, Brunswick VIC
 

Sunday 6 October 2019
Late morning
 

Tomato talk, book sales & signing

Come along to hear some top tomato growing tips from award winning author Karen Sutherland.  

Learn how to prepare your soil properly, when and how to protect your precious plants and the pros and cons of various pruning and training techniques.  Discover the world of heirloom tomatoes and bring excitement to your garden and kitchen!

Garden Lovers Fair website: https://gardenloversfair.com.au/

370 Mount Macedon Rd,
Macedon VIC