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Want to be part of a community gardening project? Community gardens are a great way for residents without their own garden, or those who want to be part of a community gardening project, to get out and use their green thumb.

If you would like to grow your own vegetables, fruits, herbs or flowers, and want to get outdoors and interact with like-minded green thumbs, the community gardens may be for you.

The Joan Park Community Garden has been operating for over 10 years, Peachey Community Garden for almost two years and the City of Gold Coast are currently establishing gardens at Varsity Lakes and Southport as pilot projects for a citywide program.

Ashmore Community Garden

The Ashmore Community Garden has more than 40 members and is growing weekly. The group proposes both communal and allotment gardens.

The gardens are supported by ABC Child Care, Ashmore Garden World.

Ashmore Community Garden has public meetings at 6.15pm on the second Thursday of every month at the Ashmore PCYC and a working bee or social event on the last Saturday of every month. All are welcome to attend these free events.

Contact details are as follows;
Kim Vereckei (Secretary)
15 Yarran Drive
ASHMORE QLD 4214
Mobile: 0401 048 456
Email: ashmorecommunitygarden@hotmail.com

Broadbeach Community Garden Group

Whilst developing plans for a large garden on City of Gold Coast grounds, the Broadbeach Community Garden Group have built a communal garden comprising eight large beds at the northern end of Broadbeach. Locals are encouraged to come along to this wonderful temporary gardening space.

Visit the Broadbeach Community Garden Facebook page for information about this great initiative.

For further information on the garden or to register your interest, please contact Darren McLean on 0410 738 134 or email broadbeachcommunitygarden@gmail.com

Coombabah Community Garden

The Coombabah Community Garden was established in the south west corner of the Coombabah State School in 2011 to 2012 and now contains over 30 communal garden beds. The purpose of the garden is to create a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can come together to grow fruit, vegetables and herbs, and make lifelong friendships.

If you are interested in joining the garden, please contact the President, Miriam Decolle on 07 5577 1700, by email , visit the website or join us on Facebook.

Joan Park Community Garden

The Joan Park Community Garden is located in Joan Street, Southport. It is the garden for Division 7.

This garden was established in 1998. The garden includes individual garden plots as well as communal gardens to support local groups including mental health groups, FSGA and an adjacent retirement home.

Membership is open to all residents of the City of Gold Coast. There are currently 30 members.

For more information please contact Glenda Clarke on 07 5571 1861.

Labrador Community Garden

Located in the parkland at 9 Olsen Avenue (corner of Jacob Drive and Olsen Avenue), Labrador Community Garden has strong and enthusiastic support from more than 40 members. 

The garden consists of 40 garden beds total with five communal beds and two handicap-accessible beds. The garden also has a meeting room, tool shed, compost bays, water tanks, pizza oven, barbecue, nursery and plenty of room to soak up the sun and get your hands dirty. There is usually someone at the garden each Sunday. Please come down and visit.

To find out more about this great gardening group, please visit the garden's Facebook page.

The gardens are supported by FSGA, African community, Scouts, TAFE, Labrador Primary School and sponsored by Bunnings. For further information or to register your interest, please email labradorcommunitygarden@gmail.com.

Loders Creek Community Group

Loders Creek Community Garden is at Owen Park in the Loders Creek Catchment, at Ewan Street or south of Beale Street, Southport.

The gardens are supported by:

  • Loders Creek Catchment Association
  • Correctional Services
  • Southport Primary School
  • Boy Scouts - Helensvale
  • National Bank
  • Energex
  • Girl Guides
  • Sports and Recreation Network
  • Mental Disability Group

For further information, or to register your interest, contact Jeannie White, President on 0414 358 251 or jeanniefw@hotmail.com.

Musgrave Park Community Garden

In response to enthusiastic community support, a new community garden is currently in development at Musgrave Park, on Musgrave Avenue in Southport.

The garden is about sowing the seeds of friendship and knowledge through gardening. The motto of the community group is where sharing creates plenty.

Garden design

The latest version of the garden design will be progressively developed over the coming months. The design includes raised, accessible gardens, community planting beds and individual garden plots. There is a generous lawn and large covered area for gatherings. The top of the site has room for compost and soil bays as well as an area for propagating seedlings.

There will be many opportunities to get involved with the development of the garden including workshops and working bees. For more information on how to get involved contact the Secretary, Lyn Mansfield, on 0409 645 888 or email lynmansfield14@bigpond.com.

Events in the gardens

Musgrave walking group meets at the entrance to the park every Tuesday and Thursday morning. All are welcome.

For further information on Musgrave Community Garden please contact Secretary Lyn Mansfield on 0409 645 888 or email lynmansfield14@bigpond.com.

Nerang Community Garden

The Nerang Community Garden Group comprises more than 50 members. The community garden is located at the Country Paradise Parklands, 231 Beaudesert Nerang Road, Nerang.

The group meet monthly to discuss the progress of their garden and are supported by Richmond Birdwing Conservation Network, river keepers, local schools and sponsored by Bunnings.

For further information or to register your interest, please contact the Membership Secretary on 0468 932 033 or email nerangcommunitygarden@hotmail.com.

Peachey Community Garden

This wonderful community garden has been running since August 2008 and is located at the corner of McCreadie and Tillyroen Roads in Ormeau.

For more information please email peacheycg@gmail.com.

Southern Beaches Community Garden

There is great public support, with more than 100 members, for the Southern Beaches Community Garden. The gardens are currently under construction with the first plot and the bulk storage bins already in place.

The gardens are located off Tugun Street on the vacant land behind the Tugun Community Hall.

See the gardens newsletters here:

For further information or to register your interest, please phone 0421 646 000 or email southernbeachescommunitygarden@gmail.com

The gardens are sponsored by Bendigo Bank.

Studio Village Community Garden

The Studio Village Community Garden is located adjacent to the Studio Village Community Centre and has been in operation since late last year. The garden group has monthly meetings at the centre and welcomes new members.

For further information please email studiovillage@outlook.com.

Varsity Vegies Community Garden

The green thumbs of Varsity Lakes call Varsity Vegies Community Garden home. Located adjacent to the Community Resource Centre in Jim Harris Park, Mattocks Road, the garden held its official opening in July 2009. It is in Division 11.

Varsity Vegies has 40 garden beds, including several raised beds for people in wheelchairs to access.

The gardens even received a commendation in the Gold Coast Urban Design Awards for 2009!

There are currently 45 members and there is a waiting list of about 15 people as well as 41 social members.

The gardens supports the following groups: Robina Hospital - acute mental health, Queensland Health, FSG Robina, mothers and kids groups and a local Aboriginal group.

Varsity Veggies is sponsored by Birdies Garden Products.

For further information, please contact 0404 216 001 or varsityvegies@gmail.com

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