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October Connect and Learn

26 October, 2020 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm

Connect and Learn Evening + Share Table

Grow your own Aromatic Apothecary Garden

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Monday 26 October 2020

6.30 pm to 8.30 pm

Mercy Community Lucia Room, 104 South Street, Toowoomba

Join us from 6.30pm for a 6.45pm start

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Bookings are Essential

To ensure COVID-safe physical distancing can be maintained, there will be a maximum of 24 people able to attend this event.  Please book your place at Eventbrite.

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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.

6.30 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 8.00pm after the LEARN session.  Browse, ask questions and chat together.

6.45 pm – Learn – Grow your own Aromatic Apothecary Garden

Presented by Debbie Bassingthwaighte

Are you intrigued by the idea of growing your own aromatic apothecary garden filled with beautiful scents and plants that heal and nurture?  Perhaps you’ve been motivated by the many new challenges of 2020 to see fresh possibilities for your garden to enhance wellbeing.  Would you like to grow a natural first aid kit?  But what plants can you grow and how do you use them?

Debbie will tell us about some of her favourite aromatic and healing plants that you can easily grow in your own backyard.

Learn about:

  • Medicinal herbs that grow well in our bioregion (including the well-known aloe vera, calendula, chamomile and lavender, but also a few more unusual plants).
  • Some simple recipes and ideas for using plants to enhance wellbeing (including making teas, infused oils, salves and balms, honeys and syrups, natural remedies, and household products.
  • Ideas for scenting and purifying your home using fresh botanicals (including potpourri, smudge sticks, natural cleaners, insect deterrents, and more).


Debbie is a teacher and designer with a deep interest in permaculture-inspired self-reliance and resilience.  Motivated by vivid childhood memories of tasting food plucked fresh from the garden, she enjoys growing and preserving abundant organic produce with her husband Brodie in their own garden farm.  Living on a peaceful 5 acres at Postmans Ridge, Debbie feels consciously interconnected with nature and community.  She has an insatiable curiosity and passion for learning and enjoys reading, design, healthy cooking, nostalgic pastimes, and simplicity.

Debbie works from home as a specialist literacy teacher, so many students visit for one-on-one sessions each week.  On some weekends she presents or hosts practical workshops to empower individual and community resilience, and enjoys rich connections within the local community.

Debbie is also the founding president of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.

Look around her website to read more about Optimise Learning and her Nurtured Life blog. www.optimiselearning.com.au

8.00 pm – Connect – Light Supper and Share Table

A light supper will be served (Gluten Free and Vegan).  Sharing of produce opens at 8.00pm 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.


  • 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

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Annual Membership of Permaculture Toowoomba Inc. is $40 per person or $30 for a second or subsequent family member.  If you pay now, membership is pro rata (1/2 price for 1/2 a year until 31 December 2020).  Membership forms will be available on the night for anyone wishing to join, or available here for download.


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

  • Maximum of 24 people at this event.  Bookings are essential.  Book here.
  • Increased hygiene measures at all face-to-face events.  Please wash your hands before arrival and hand sanitiser will be available to use while you’re at an event.
  • Surfaces will be sanitised regularly.
  • Physical distancing of at least 1.5m 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 interstate, overseas or to hot spot area.

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

Location and Parking

Mercy Community Lucia Room is located at 104 South Street, Toowoomba not far from the round-about at the corner of Mackenzie and South Streets near East Creek and Garnett Lehmann Parks.

Off-street parking is available in the main car park.  Enter via the main driveway to park your vehicle.  We’ll meet in the Lucia Room, a short walk down the driveway on your right.


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!

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, scobies, 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.


26 October, 2020
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Event Category:


Permaculture Toowoomba Inc.


Mercy Community Lucia Room
104 South Street
Toowoomba, Queensland 4350 Australia
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