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February Garden Insights

2 February, 2020 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Garden Insights Visit

Hiraeth, Carly Brett’s Farm

Sunday 2 February 2020

2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

738 Merritts Creek Road, Merritts Creek

Many thanks to Carly for inviting us to explore her garden this month.

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What We’ll Do

We’ll start at 2.00pm with a welcome and introductions.

Then Carly will take us on a tour of her farm and share her trials and tribulations of living on acreage for the first time, her adventures in the country and her dream of being self-sufficient.

We’ll finish with Afternoon Tea, Seed Sharing and an opportunity to chat with others.  Carly will have lots of seeds to share but please bring whatever you have to share with others too.


  • 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

This is a Family-Friendly event.  Everyone is welcome including children with close parent supervision for their safety.


Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent family member.  Membership forms will be available on the day for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.


Please bring a water bottle and wear clothing suitable for the weather conditions (sun, wind and rain protection) and closed shoes.

Please also bring Seeds to share with others if you have some.


Hiraeth is just under 30 minutes from Toowoomba at 738 Merritts Creek Road, Merritts Creek.  Drive north from Toowoomba along the New England Highway through Highfields, Cabarlah and Geham.  Turn left into Merritts Creek Road, and the property will be approximately 2 km on your left.


The garden is accessible for strollers, walking frames and wheelchairs if needed.


Parking is available on site.

The Story Behind the Farm and What We’ll See

Carly and her partner Henry live at “Hiraeth” a 25 acre hobby farm at Merritts Creek, 15 km North of HighfieldsAs you enter the property you will see extensive fresh earthworks along the very long driveway.   Henry is a grader driver with more than 30 years experience and has been drought proofing the farm.  After surveying the land he has built two new dams with one that’s 3 meters deep to utilise the rain run-off from Merritts Creek Road.  Built in a tear drop effect flowing into V drains, box drains, swales / contours and then flowing into the main existing dam.

Carly is a run away city girl from Sydney; a motorbike courier, bridal boutique seamstress, failed horticulturist, cabinet maker and florist by trade.  For the last 7 years she’s been working in the civil construction industry building roads around Australia driving trucks and heavy machinery while living in a caravan saving money to buy her dream property.

Carly would like to share with you the trials and tribulations of living on acreage for the first time.  Prompted by the “impending Armageddon”, see how one crazy city girl’s adventures in the country and a dream of being self-sufficient has worked out, with all its ups and downs, gardening when time poor and what’s possible on a budget.  Dumpster diving at work, up-cycling from the construction industry, pig face as a fire break, her love of growing healthy soil and obsessive seed collecting.  She will have lots of seeds to share, so bring yours and we will have a seed swap with afternoon tea.

Afternoon Tea

After a tour of the property, we’ll share Afternoon Tea, Swap Seeds, and have a chance to chat and connect with others.


2 February, 2020
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Carly’s Farm
738 Merritts Creek Road
Merritts Creek, Queensland 4352 Australia
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