Welcome to the Blue Mountains Organic Community Gardens located at Harold Hodgson Park in the city of Katoomba, New South Wales, Australia.
Come and visit the gardens any time, stroll through the heritage apple tree walk while the leaves are still clinging to the branches, pick berries, munch on a lettuce leaf, draw the flowers or just sit in the shade with a refreshing cup of tea!
Every Friday morning the Blue Mountains Community Gardeners get together for a working bee , and stay for a leisurely home grown vegetable soup for lunch. There are heaps of events happening throughout the year, check out our upcoming workshops. Being a caring sharing lot, many of volunteer run events are free, or run to cover costs.
The community garden is a permaculture heritage food forest and a bush regeneration area where community members maintain a collection of rare and endangered food plants and other species. The community gardens was once a sedge swamp and has been revitalised into a diverse ecological oasis. It holds a collection of cool climate heirloom fruit and nut trees, some species in the garden date back from Roman times. It is unique in the sense that it is fundamentally a community space, it holds vegetable allotments as most community gardens do, but was mainly visioned as a purely co-operative, non-hierarchical grove.
The grace of this land is expressed in the sharing of the people who work together. Members of the garden give their time and service to the community to build something of value, beauty and joy in the heart of Katoomba.
The community garden hosts a local group with a global perspective growing and nurturing earth, plants and people. We aim for ecological and psychological sustainability.
Through all our gardening, projects, events, and water collection we thread meditation, healing, transformation and lots of soups. Earth is the common ground and we come together from all different pathways using common sense tools to achieve practical things without conflict.
We manage water, ecology, ideas and resources. We plan and create together while we work and eat. The community garden is a place of healing and helps people reconnect with themselves while reconnecting with the land.
When you come to the garden you move gently into the tasks that are comfortable for you, whether digging, weeding, planting or garden sculpture. Gardeners meet most Friday mornings, so get dressed for gardening and come along!