ALEC has been supporting the establishment of a community garden in Alice Springs since 2007, and continues to provide ongoing organisational support. The Alice Springs Community Garden (ASCG) has come to be a thriving hub of activity with more than 50 personal and community gardening plots, bush medicine and mandala gardens, a cob oven and regular working bees and community events. The garden is run by a volunteer committee and recently became a Garden for Wildlife member.
Regular community events are held at the ASCG, and provide an opportunity to learn more about best arid zone gardening practices.
The ASCG is located at Frances Smith Park (between burke and Kurrajong St, Eastside). Regular working bees are held from 8.30am on the 1st and 3rd Sundays or every month. Volunteers are always welcome, just remember to bring a hat, closed shoes, protective clothing and a water bottle.
The ASCG is dedicated to sharing best practice food gardening in Alice Springs, and businesses, schools, community organisations and individuals are encouraged to become Friends of the Garden to access quality information, connect with each other and share resources.
Friends of the Garden receive
- bi-monthly E-newsletter
- access to communal plots and produce at the Garden
- eligibility to apply for a private garden plot
- access to local gardening advice and expertise
- access to community food projects including Food for Alice.
- access to Garden working bees and social events
You can become a Garden Friend by joining ALEC. Once you become an ALEC member you need a garden site induction at one of the garden working bees to be able to receive the gate code.
Check out the latest news on the community garden blog.
Image: Gardening Australia's Costa Georgiadis at the Alice Springs Community Garden