Overflowing with lemon trees, passion fruit vines and purple broccoli, The Grounds Garden is a thriving, herbicide-free zone with edible violets and snapdragons (sounds pretty cool, right?). It also makes for a pretty beautiful place to sit, enjoy a coffee and delicious meal and catch up with friends, all while being surrounded by mother nature.
We sat down to chat to our very own in-house Horticulturist, Greg, who cares for our plants and has completely transformed our grounds Garden to be a herbicide-free space.
When walking through The Garden you may notice there are loads of different plants but we doubt you’d be able to guess how many different types we actually have (because we certainly couldn’t). We have over 3,000 plants growing in our extraordinary garden, which is pretty mind blowing. These include around 2,500 different varieties of trees, pot plants, hanging plant baskets, fruits, vegetables, herbs and edible flowers (you can only imagine the maintenance!).
Here’s a guide to some of the things we have growing in our garden:
- Grape vine
Greg loves and cares for all of our plant babies and would do pretty much anything anything for our garden. His biggest pet peeve? When people don’t give the plants the respect they deserve. “People often forget that plants are living creatures, they sit on them and occasionally even put their rubbish in them,” which we have to agree really grinds our gears as well.
The coolest thing about The Garden? The edible flowers, veggies and herbs you see growing will end up as a garnish on your plate or in your meal. One thing we’ve learnt from Greg is that growing your own plants and veggies can be a really inexpensive way to enjoy fresh produce. It’s also something that can bring the whole family together – little ones love planting and watching things grow, especially if they get to eat it at the end too!
If you haven’t ventured into our abundant garden we recommend you come by, smell the roses, pick a passion fruit and take in a little fresh air. If you’re looking to take a little piece of us home with you, Greg runs beginner’s propagation workshops where he shows you through how to propagate our plants to take home and grow! Book a spot for our upcoming workshop here.