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August Connect and Learn

30 August @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table

Planning a New Permaculture-Inspired Garden

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Monday 30 August 2021  –  6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Level 3 Community Rooms, Toowoomba City Library, Corner of Herries and Victoria Streets, Toowoomba

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Bookings are Essential

This is a COVID-safe event and we’ll ensure physical distancing guidelines are maintained. It’s essential that you book so that we have contact details and know how many will be attending.

If this event is fully booked we’ll offer a wait list. So if you book and are then unable to attend, please let us know immediately so we can offer your place to someone else.

6.15 pm – Connect – Doors Open

Please bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies, tools etc. to share with others on the Share Table. Place your donations on the table when you arrive, and then sharing will open at 7.45 pm after the LEARN session.

6.30 pm – Learn – Planning a New Permaculture-Inspired Garden

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Are you wondering where to start in planning your garden? Or do you want to design and extend the gardens you already have? If so, Debbie will take you through this practical session focused on basic planning concepts and inspiration.

This will be a practical workshop where we’ll look at Sophie and Nathan’s new block of land and soon-to-be-built home as a case study of how to start planning a new permaculture-inspired garden.

Sophie and Nathan will join us to answer questions, and Debbie will guide us through the steps and considerations when planning this new garden.

Concepts discussed will also be applicable to any garden. This will include:

  • Considering Sophie and Nathan’s goals and personal needs for their garden
  • Analysing the site
  • Understanding the climate, sun, shade, rainfall, wind, frost aspect and terrain
  • Identifying possible microclimates and permaculture zones

Following this Connect and Learn evening, we’ll then visit Sophie and Nathan’s place for the Garden Insights visit on Sunday 12 September. This will give us an important opportunity to see the property first hand and look at the various design aspects discussed.

Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience. She has a home-based learning centre, Optimise Learning, where she teaches literacy, mentors facilitators and presents workshops. These regular Events are practical, boutique learning experiences tailored to your interests and needs, and planned for small groups to empower individual and community skill-building and resilience. Debbie also writes a Nurtured Life Blog to inspire others to live a Nurtured Life.

7.45 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table

A light supper will be served (Gluten Free and Vegan options).

Sharing of produce opens after the presentation to allow plenty of time for everyone to place their donations on the Share Table, and then give you the opportunity to browse, connect and make your selections during supper.


Free off-street parking is available under the library (enter from Victoria Street).


The venue has access for wheel chairs, walking frames and strollers as needed. Everyone is welcome (including children with parent supervision).

We hope we see you there!


  • Financial Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. – Free
  • First-time Visitors to a Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. Event – Free
  • Non-Members – $10 per person
  • Children attending with parents – Free


Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is due for renewal in December each year. If you join now, membership fees are pro rata (1/2 price for 1/2 year), so it’s now only $20 per person or $15 for a second or subsequent adult living in the same home.

If you join now, membership will be valid right through until the end of 2021 and members can attend all events and workshops during the year at no cost.

Membership forms will be available at the event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download at http://www.permaculturetoowoomba.com.au/membership/.

There’s also an option to join and pay via checkout for this event.


During the COVID-19 pandemic we’re taking careful steps to make sure everyone stays healthy and safe.  This includes:

  • Physical distancing will be maintained.
  • Please don’t attend if you or anyone in your household is unwell, self-isolating because they are at risk of becoming unwell with COVID-19, or you’ve recently travelled overseas or to hot spot area.

Please help us to manage the risks and keep everyone healthy and well.

Share Table

Do you have surplus?

We encourage you to bring your surplus produce, plants, seeds, books, craft supplies and resources to share with others at our monthly Connect and Learn evenings.

Some ideas of what you could bring include – fruit, vegetables, herbs, eggs, honey, milk, jams, pickles, preserves, jars, ferments, starters, SCOBYs, seeds, plants, seedlings, cuttings, tubers, pots, tools, gardening magazines, permaculture books, recipes, patterns, manure, coffee grounds, compost additives, worms, meal worms, wool, fabric, craft supplies, soap, natural cleaning products, plastic alternatives, produce bags – the list is extensive.

Please bring whatever you can and then take home whatever you need within our culture of generosity and free sharing.


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Level 3, Toowoomba City Library
155 Herries and Victoria Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350 Australia
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