Our garden is a wonderful community activity in the picturesque harbour-side setting of Milson Park, Kirribilli (behind Ensemble Theatre and Sydney Flying Squadron). We have a fantastic group of dedicated volunteers who have ensured that the garden prospers from season to season. As a result the accessible community garden is a very popular place for local residents as well as for visitors from near and afar.
Volunteers meet each Sunday at 10:00am until lunch time to work in the garden and also have a roster for watering during the week. The fluid and casual nature of our gardening seems to suit everyone. The harvest is shared amongst all those who contribute to the maintenance and activities of the garden after the working day. We are also happy for people to pick small amounts of herbs.
The garden is open at all times. We do not have allotments and work together as a co-operative to grow organically a wide range of seasonal vegetables, herbs and flowers. Some plants often growing in the garden include: carrots, beetroot, radishes, kale, beans, peas, chillies, arugula, lettuces, Jerusalem artichokes, potatoes, sweet potatoes, tomatoes, figs and limes. Our herbs include basil, sage, parsley, celery, thyme, oregano, golden marjoram, rosemary, lemon grass and mint.
The garden design is a medieval one which allows wheelchair access to 50% of the garden area. The raised timber beds help everyone get involved as they are 600 mm in height, so you can be seated or small children can still have easy reach. A North Sydney Council grant has given us initial support for building the garden. Milson Community Garden was officially opened on 8th November 2009 by the then Mayor of North Sydney Genia McCaffery and celebrates the 10th anniversary in November 2019.