Mount Colah – Matthew & Katerina’s Garden

Matthew and Katerina began their Mount Colah garden, using permaculture principles, when they moved in at the end of 2017. In such a short time, they have already transformed their garden into a productive edible garden!

The front yard has been set up as habitat for native animals, intermingled with bush tucker plants.

The side of the house has been set aside as a kitchen herb garden.

And the backyard has been transformed from a lawn and ornamental garden into a productive space, with a mix of edible and medicinal plants, hot composting bays, banana circle, worm farm, chicken run, European bees in a bee-centric (Top Bar) hive as well as a native beehive that Matt created himself!

Matt and Katerina are passionate about managing their environmental footprints and have designed their garden to help manage their household waste and minimize what leaves the property.

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

Saturday talks

Bugs About insect display: 10 am – 2 pm

Our garden story talk (20 min): 9:30 am; 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Home grown herbal teas talk (20 min): 10:30 am, 1:30 pm

Bee-centric beekeeping talk (20 min): 11:30 am, 2:30 pm

Sunday talks

Bugs About insect display: 1 pm – 4 pm

Our garden story talk (20 min): 9:30 am; 12:30 pm, 3:30 pm

Home grown herbal teas talk (20 min): 10:30 am, 1:30 pm

Bee-centric beekeeping talk (20 min): 11:30 am, 2:30 pm

Bugs About: Insect display (10am – 2pm Saturday; 1pm – 4pm Sunday)

Bugs About will have a display set up to show you stick insects, giant cockroaches giant millipedes, common garden snails, slaters, praying mantis, centipedes, red back, huntsman, house spider, Sydney funnel web. Anyone is welcome to get up close to these Aussie bugs. Learn how these animals are beneficial for your garden and the wider environment. For the brave, you can hold some non-venomous animal.

Our garden story talk (9:30 am; 12:30 pm and 3:30 pm each day) Hear the story of how we transformed a backyard lawn into the edible garden you see today. We’ll share about the process we took, lessons we learnt along the way and point out some of the key features of the garden

Home grown herbal teas talk (10:30 am and 1:30 pm each day) With over 30 plants in the garden that can be used for tea making, we love being able to make our own healthy and delicious blends. Learn some simple tips for growing and blending your own herbs for teas.

Bee-centric beekeeping (11:30 am and 2:30 pm each day) One of the main features of this garden is the Top Bar Hive where we keep European Honey Bees. Learn about how this hive differs from your more conventional hive along with many curious facts about our beloved bees.