About the Garden

Some people call it an ethno-botanical or self sufficiency garden, others a “resilience”, “bounty” or “use-it-all” garden. Whatever you call it, the plants you find here are some of the most useful plants in the world…and you could grow some of them in your own garden, in pots or ask your local council to plant them in parks so people in your area have access to them.

The garden is about 5 acres in size and the transformation of it from a blank paddock began in August 2011.

Each key plant has a sign with symbols to denote what it can be used for.

What the symbols mean:

  •   Edible: can be eaten in some way
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  • Beverage: a tea, cordial, special drink or liquid nectar can be made or had from this plant
  •  Medicinal: Has medical properties that have been used over the centuries
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  •  Insect Repellent: Known for deterring different insects
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  •  Oil: provides either an essential oil or an oil for cooking, moisturising or polish
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  •  Dye: can be used as a fabric and/or skin and/or food colouring
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  •  Perfume: plants renowned for their perfume
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  • useful plant Textile/Craft/Construction: a plant that can be used for a specific purpose such as a fibre, building material, weapon, craft, musical instrument or other purpose
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  •  Animal fodder: a plant that can be eaten by farm animals
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  •  Bee Fodder: Plants that provide bees with loads of nectar or pollen
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  •  Fuel: Great for use as an oil burning or wood fuel
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  •  Poison – some part of the plant is either poisonous or irritating in some way

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