- July 2, 2012
A group of children, parents, grandparents and staff join forces to build a new garden at Gorton House.
It was a wet and chilly Saturday morning when 22 families – including grandparents – came together to work on a community garden at The Infants' Home.
Everyone embraced nature, despite the bad weather, and rewarded themselves with a BBQ once the work was done.
The Gorton gardeners planted potatoes, peas, cucumber, carrots, spinach, broad beans, strawberries, lettuce, a banana tree, and a herb garden that includes parsley, rosemary, rocket, chives, thyme and Thai mint.
And to prove their green credentials, the team also set up a compost bin.
Director of Gorton House, Vin Christanto, said the day was designed as a meet and greet event for parents and staff.
“The children have been showing a lot of interest in plants and worms so one of the parents had the idea of bringing people together to do some gardening,” says Vin.
“We set up some tables so parents and children could interact while they were preparing the seedlings for the garden beds.
“We were surprised how many people turned up in such bad weather. It has been a great project and the garden is doing really well.”
Christian, aged 3, says while he doesn’t eat carrots at home, he was happy to plant some at The Infants’ Home.
“I did the carrots and the potatoes,” he said.
Rose, also 3, said: “I eat all my carrots at home and I like the colour.”
Vin said some parents and older siblings labelled the herbs they planted with real names on a marker in the soil.
So it’s with some intrigue we are now waiting to see what grows under the labels of Holly, Ryan and Ruben.
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