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November Garden Insights

14 November @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Garden Insights Visit + Share Table

Nara Downs

Sunday 14 November 2021  –  2.00 pm to 4.30 pm

Goombungee, Q 4354

Many thanks to Sonya Nicol for inviting us to explore their garden.

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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.

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 gardeners who live there. It’s wonderful to see the diverse garden styles, approaches and plants that can be grown in our bio-region.

So this month Sonya Nicol will show us one example of what can be achieved in a large rural garden that has limited water and experiences extremes in climate conditions.

What We’ll See

  • cattle, sheep, bees, horses, crops, chickens
  • cottage garden, vegetable garden, native garden, pond, wicking beds, cold compost system, fruit trees, shade loving plants.

The Story Behind the Garden – A Few Words from Sonya

My husband and I live on a working property, about 560 acres. We have been here for about 17 years and have established all the gardens. I mainly look after the garden myself and work full-time so the only time I have is on the weekends and holidays. I love all areas of the garden – the ornamental and productive. I am a plant collector and go through phases of interest in different plant types and species.

We have a more extreme climate than Toowoomba with severe frosts, hot temperatures in summer, lower rainfall and lots of wind. It has been trial and error to see what will grow and survive. Water (or lack of it) is my biggest challenge. We have a bore but the water is brakish. We have had some severe droughts in the past few years that took its toll on the garden.

I love seed saving and growing more unusual varieties of mainly heirloom vegetables. Much of the garden is collected from the farm – everything is grown into sheep, cattle, chicken or horse manure. The rock edging has been collected from the paddocks and the garden decorations have been found in the old farm dump.

There will be bags of conditioned sheep manure for sale (we night pen the sheep) for $7 a bag, cash only.

What to Bring

  • Water Bottle
  • Hat
  • Closed in Shoes
  • Clothes suitable for the outdoor weather conditions

Light Afternoon Tea

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


The easiest way is to head west towards Dalby, take the exit on the left to Kingsthorpe which will take you on an overpass to Kingsthorpe, stay on this road (Kingsthorpe Haden Rd) over the railway crossing, continue on about 17km and Gordon Smiths Road is on the left just coming down off a rise. If you get to Goombungee, you have come too far.

You can also come through Meringandan. We are the third property on the left with a white gate and Nara Downs on the gate.

Parking and Access

Parking is available on site. Please park carefully as indicated.

This garden has some access for wheel chairs, walking frames and strollers if needed. Everyone is welcome including children with close parent supervision for their safety.


  • 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, waiting for COVID test results, or you’ve recently been in a 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.


14 November
2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
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Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.