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Three generations of gardeners do some planting at Gorton House

- July 2, 2012

A group of children, parents, grandparents and staff join forces to build a new garden at Gorton House.

The young gardeners from Gorton admire their work.

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.


Three generations combined their talents to create the new Gorton garden.

A fruit and vege shop

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.

A mother and son make sure the gloves fit before the messy work begins.

And to prove their green credentials, the team also set up a compost bin.

From worms to seedlings

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.


(L) Father and son get the seedlings just right (L) A father and daughter team prepare cartons.

“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.”

By mid morning the Gorton House verandah was buzzing with activity.  

What the children thought

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.”


(L) Parents put the finishing touches to part of the herb garden (R) Those hands have done some work.

Mystery labels

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.


(L) A young gardener sets a docorative flower among the real plants (R) Children make sure the soil is moist.      

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