Killarney Heights – Ping’s Garden

Inspired by the books of “Animal Vegetable Miracle” by Barbara Kingsolver and “Introduction to Permaculture” by Bill Mollison, this progressive and young garden is all about learning the characteristics of the season, the weather, the land, the soil, the sun light, the insects and the pests, whilst trying to grow a diverse variety of edibles and bee loving plants.

The garden started as a concrete covered backyard, and through trials and errors, eight raised garden beds with climbing structures were installed on heavy clay soil over a six year period. Along with existing raised sandstone beds, the garden hosts a wide variety of herbs, edible and medicinal perennial and seasonal plants as well as seasonal flowering plants to attract bees.

With the aim to be self-sufficient from the land, this evolving no dig organic edible garden is a journey of discovery.

Virtual Trail

Ticket holders can view a virtual tour of this garden by clicking here.

Please note: after purchasing a ticket you will need to request access to the private Facebook group to see this video. The video will be available until 31 May 2020.

Physical Trail

Sat 10-12 noon

10:30 to 11:00 am: Garden tour, plant selection and organic pest control- I will show and tell how I have been dealing with the “unwanted/wanted visitors/residents” in my garden, including rats, possums, caterpillars, powdery mildews, fruit flies, ants, spiders, curl grubs, stinky bugs, wasps, bees, ladybirds, birds, moths, butterflies, cats, kookaburra, wild rabbits, bush turkeys, lizards, snakes, frogs

Sat 1-3 pm

1:30 to 2 pm Garden tour and on how to make little goes long way with watering when you don’t use wicking beds system

I will show and tell the importance of constant watering how I set up my gravity watering systems including collection of grey water from shower and rain, drip irrigation, and ollas.   The strategies to keep the soil moist and healthy and the plant happy with as little water as possible. 

Sunday 10-12 noon

10:30 to 11:00 am Garden tour and on identifying the characteristics of my garden and making most of what nature gives, the importance of solar access and support structures (trellis, stakes, fences and walls) to the plants, composting, earth worms and worm farms.

Sunday 1-3 pm

1:30 to 2 pm Garden tour and on pollination, yields of crop, harvesting at different stages, harvesting different parts of the plants, preserving and enjoying produce from veg garden in different ways including eating fresh drying, dehydrating, snap freezing, wild fermentations.  Propagating and seeds saving.

Voluntary gold coin donation to the garden tours and information sheet.  All money collected including the garden tours, plant, seeds sales will go to The Foundation for National Parks & Wildlife.

Please dogs must be left in the front of the house on leash. The closest public toilet is at Forestville shopping center opposite the Forestville Library (2 km, on your way in).  Please no photos, no filming, no news reporters.


Sydney Edible Garden Trail
Ping’s garden
Sydney Edible Garden Trail
Sydney Edible Garden Trail
Sydney Edible Garden Trail
Sydney Edible Garden Trail - beans
Beans growing in Ping’s garden
Sydney Edible Garden Trail - pea pod
Pea pod growing in Ping’s edible garden
Sydney Edible Garden Trail - purple podded peas
Purple podded peas harvested from Ping’s garden