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January Garden Insights

10 January @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Garden Insights Visit + Share Table

Gillian Lance’s Garden

Sunday 17 January 2021

2.00 pm – 4.30 pm

20 Schaefer Court, Westbrook

Many thanks to Gillian for inviting us to explore this garden.

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Bookings are Essential

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To ensure COVID-safe physical distancing can be maintained, there will be a maximum of 50 people at this event.

We will 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.

What We’ll Do

We’ll start at 2.00 pm with a welcome and introduction.  We like to visit a range of different gardens, each as unique as the gardener who lives there. It’s wonderful to see the diverse garden styles, approaches and plants that can be grown in our bio-region.  So this month Gillian will show us her suburban garden at Westbrook.

Some words about her garden from Gillian

It is a suburban garden with a bit of everything – if it grows it stays, if it dies into the compost.  I am a bit of a plant potter so many plants are in pots.

I say it is an opportunist’s garden – a likening for colour and texture.  It is an attraction for birds, bees and butterflies.  There is no problem with pollination. If a plant appeals to me, I give it a trial.  There is no real organisation and no blueprint for layout.

I live alone with my cat, so there is never an extensive edible garden, although I do share with nature and my neighbours when I have an abundance.

Unfortunately there are no trees!

I do have a variety of shrubs and have a walkway of white iceberg standard roses.  It is beautiful during flowering time.

I moved into my home in 2014 and started turning grass into garden.  I was working full time and also caring for an Alzheimer’s patient.  I was more than occupied outside the garden.  From November 2017, I moved to Brisbane mainly 3-4 days a week.  Obviously the garden care reflected this.  Thanks to being in Westbrook from end of March to mid September 2020, time has reflected what reward a garden gives back.

Westbrook is a lovely village but unfortunately is not in a reliable rain band plus the natural soil is clay.  Sadly both aspects give gardens a challenge!

I have attached photos from various times of the year but please note that in January with the heat and probable dry weather it will look quite different.

Everyone is welcome but bookings are essential to ensure we don’t exceed 50 people attending.

Book at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/garden-insights-visit-gillians-garden-tickets-130621038041


The location is at the end curve of a cul de sac, so parking is not plentiful.  Probably 12 vehicles maximum.  Please consider car pooling if possible.

Light Afternoon Tea

A light afternoon tea will be served (with Gluten Free and Vegan options). 


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

  • Maximum of 50 people at this event.
  • 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.


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 an adult – Free


Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent family member.  If you pay now (renew your membership or join as a new member) your annual membership will be valid for all of 2021.  See our website for more information.

Membership forms will be available at this event for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.

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.

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.


10 January
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Event Category:


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Gillian Lance’s Garden
20 Schaefer Court
Westbrook, Queensland 4352 Australia
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