Mona Vale – Jillian’s Garden

My name is Jillian Brooker and I built this garden together with my dad, 10 years ago. Dad and mum have lived here for just over 60 years. On the property we have compost bins and a worm farm.

The pictures show our “critter free” raised beds. Also what we call the Mediterranean Garden, with a large macadamia, a fruiting coffee tree and 4 different citrus varieties.

In preparation for the open garden we have planted butter head lettuce, bush cucumber, spinach, kale, beetroot, radish and more.

Other trees we have are avocado (with plenty on this season) banana, fig, two olive trees and passion fruit.

In pots we have dragon fruit,  pomegranate, Blueberry and many herbs.

For the trail, we’ll have different displays set up on trestle tables for people to look at and ask questions. For example, making a bee hotel,  the dangers of micro plastics, growing from seeds, worm juice, jams and pickles we have made from our produce, cracking your own macadamia nuts.

There will be an activity for smaller children that will be like a “Where’s Wally” theme. Finding the hidden insect hotels and counting them. Finding the bananas, etc etc. They will be given a sheet of paper and pencils with the questions and hints and a colouring in page. All based around learning about our back yards. 

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

Small garden tour on the hour. Starting at 10am. 

Sydney Edible Garden Trail - raised vegetable beds
Raised vegetable garden beds in Jillian’s garden, with protect cages
Sydney Edible Garden Trail
Sydney Edible Garden Trail
The front of Jillian’s garden
Sydney Edible Garden Trail - compost bins
The composting area of Jillian’s garden, under the olive trees