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July Garden Insights

7 July, 2019 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Garden Insights Visit

Janine Banks’s Garden

Sunday 7 July 2019

2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

54 Ladner Street, Drayton

Many thanks to Janine Banks and her husband for inviting us to explore their garden this month.

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What We’ll Do

We’ll start at 2.00pm with a welcome and introductions.  Then Janine will tell us a little about her garden, before we go for a tour.  Janine has very kindly offered that guests are welcome to take cuttings from the garden, so bring your secateurs.  We’ll finish with Afternoon Tea and an opportunity to chat with others.  Janine will prepare Gujerati masala chai for those who would like this, so please let us know beforehand so she can make enough.

Cost – Free Event

There is no cost for this event.  Members of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. and non-members are very welcome.

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.


The garden is accessible for strollers and walking frames if needed, but there is loose pine bark on the narrow paths which will make it very difficult for wheelchairs.


The street is narrow so please park on the same side of the street as Janine’s house and on the footpath which is very wide.  Please don’t park on the other side of the street as this blocks the street and the footpath is particularly narrow.  If needed, there is additional parking at the Bowling Club which is on the corner, just 2 houses away.

A few words from Janine

The Story Behind Our Garden

We moved to Drayton late 2005 I think, Christmas Eve!  We chose this property, 1/3 of an acre, because it was big enough for me to have plenty of space to grow our food and in an area where I did not have to maintain an immaculate garden.  Even though we had heard Bill Mollison speak about permaculture many years before and had many permaculture books, I did not really design the garden in a formal way on paper or even in totality in my head.  You could say it’s been an intuitive process… :>)  I have to garden, I’ve always gardened, and this is the current result.

What You’ll See

The back garden is primarily a food garden with about 40 fruit and nut trees and 5 large vegetable beds.  I have 9 compost bins spread around under or near fruit trees and one of my neighbours throws his grass clippings over the fence for me to add to the compost as we don’t have much lawn left with all the gardens.  The garden is also a big part of our living space and we eat many meals outside, and watch the antics of all the birds at the birdbath.  I also grow some flowers for pollination purposes and pick a bunch every week for my yoga studio…this has become Flowers of the Week on Instagram and inspires many people apparently … a woman in the USA whom I have not met, has painted a couple of my arrangements and sent me cards with the paintings!!  The front garden is mainly untouched since we moved here and is planted with primarily Australian species which is great to encourage the bird life.  The front courtyard is the warmest place in winter and I successfully grow pineapples and (small) pawpaws here.  I also do a lot of propagation and have a small nursery that moves around according to the season.  Folks are welcome to take cuttings from the garden, so bring your secateurs.



7 July, 2019
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Janine Banks’s Garden
54 Ladner Street
Drayton, Queensland 4350 Australia
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