Federation Square, Pop Up Patch: Floral Friday

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I love the idea of a community garden. We have one in Noosa  which is fantastic as so many people live in apartments here. We also had one in Gloucester, The Tucker Patch, which initially I found strange as everyone had a large garden of their own, and yet they came together to grow vegetables which were then sold at the Farmer’s Market. Despite have over 5 acres garden of my own, I assisted at the Tucker Patch and learnt the real value of gardening with others.

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Coming across the Pop Up Patch in a car park in Melbourne’s Federation Square was unexpected. Apparently, I was told, there was a problem with the structure being used for car parking and so Federation Square and The Little Veggie Patch Company joined forces to create a green space on the unusable section. The view as you approach gives no hint to what lies inside. Here any member of the community can rent a square garden and plant whatever they choose. Naturally there are more vegetables than flowers but there was an abundance of petals to delight also.

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There was a little shop selling coffee so you could sit amongst the greenery, breathing in the herbs as they released their aroma as people brushed by their foliage. A shop was also onsite selling seeds from the garden, gardening equipment and books and the gardeners could put their excess produce for sale. Advice was given out for free. I imagine on a weekend the place would be alive with gardeners, tourists, conversation and laughter.

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The space also aided in keeping Federation Square a carbon neutral. Another rooftop use that was not open to the public, which also went towards creating a carbon neutral environment was the rooftop bees, part of the urban honey movement. On top of another building are 10 hives which supply Federation Square restaurants and cafés with all their honey needs. The hives yield, I’m told, around 350 kilograms of honey each year.

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If in Melbourne, Federation Square is worth a visit (do the free guided tour) and take in more than the architecture and artwork. What a wonderful public space for the city to have.

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About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. Commenced a masters by research in 2014.
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11 Responses to Federation Square, Pop Up Patch: Floral Friday

  1. Miriam says:

    Community gardens are such a great idea. They are popping up everywhere. Lovely pics.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Community gardens are reassuring that people still like green spaces and growing things!

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  3. Charli Mills says:

    I get so excited when I see urban community gardening! It makes one realize how simple solutions to fresh food and green space can be. Fabulous!

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  4. What a fabulous way to use space and build community.

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