The Crace Community Garden is the first community garden to be designed into a new estate in Canberra and sets a precedent for future environmentally and socially directed projects. Managed as part of the Canberra Organic Growers Society (COGS),the garden has been embraced by the local community and was 100% allocated prior to completion.
Garden beds were designed on a grid pattern at varying heights to allow users of different physical capabilities and ages to enjoy. Productive plantings were incorporated in shrub beds both within and around the garden. Species included Rosemary, Bay Laurels, Lavender, Thyme, Blueberries, Camellia’s (tea variety) and Pomegranates.
Hard landscape elements included a shade structure, stone seating walls, picnic furniture, arbor-entry features and vermin proof fencing.
Community gardens are not just for growing food, they can also help grow the community.