My first book!
Co-writing this with Penny & Janice – out later this year!
Co-writing this with Penny & Janice – out later this year!
Happy to have this story about one of my faves, the amazing Melton Botanic Gardens in this month’s Organic Gardener, in newsagents react for Xmas reading This garden is a great resource for learning about indigenous plants and their uses by indigenous people. Volunteer run. So dedicated. Follow Edible Eden Design on Instagram
You say tomato and I say … Today was the second day of the great tomato sale at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens in Hobart, a stones throw from where Peter Cundall delivered his weekly gardening inspiration. Penny Woodward, Janice Sutton and myself are here to talk about the book we will launch at next […]
I love to teach, it’s one of the most rewarding parts of my work, sharing my knowledge with other keen gardeners. I’ve been lucky to be able to incorporate something I have been so passionate about into my career for 10 years now. Just recently I taught in 2 locations in Melbourne’s west, both timely […]
Get all the early spring garden tips with Karen Sutherland. Have you missed planting your Beans and Peas, it’s not too late – read more below Make your citrus last longer, have a look at our tips for getting a longer harvest Planning your Spring Garden and still have some winter plants around, have a […]
When Friday 1 September, 10 am – 12 noon Where Ceres, Lee St, Brunswick Who Karen Sutherland of EED Angelica Cameron of IPM Technologies Belinda Kennedy of Ceres What Companion planting Beneficial insects Good Bugs IPM Sustainable gardening practices
Sign up for Jim and Jackie’s Permablitz here, I’ll be there in beautiful Poowong on 26th August. We’ll be planting a hazelnut grove and I’ll be running a workshop on this, working on fruit tree underplanting, native creek bed planting and a water plant workshop. It will be an amazing experience to get a big […]
The view from my office today. I have to do a bit of work while away… Of course when your passion is gardens are you are in sunny Switzerland, you’re never on holiday! My sister in laws vegetable garden, with the neighbour’s chickens and Floxie the ancient pony in the background. Lise was making a […]
Beautiful interpretive signs by GBCMA at the Indigenous interpretive garden at Y Water Centre in Yea. Besides having gorgeous photos and graphics, these signs include botanical name, common name and Taungerung name for each plant, as well as describing the traditional uses of the plants, making this garden a great stop off or destination to […]
Last nights class for the good folk at Bulleen Art and Garden. In the words of Gayle Quarmby of Outback Pride “When we eat Australian native foods we respect thousands of years of positive stewardship of Australia by our first Australians” This year celebrates 50 years since the 1967 referendum that first recognized Aboriginal and […]
Discover Native Herbs with my article in this months Organic Gardener magazine available now at newsagents
22 LOCHINVAR STREET PASCOE VALE SOUTH – Take the chance to visit my home garden laboratory, with 200 edible and useful plants in an attractive Food Forest setting. Every space is utilized, with rooftop bees (honey for sale), Nature Strip garden, Aquaponics system and shade-loving edibles under trees. Lemon Myrtle, Babaco, Avocado, Strawberry Grapes, Carob […]
Coming Event at Gunyah Garden – home of Edible Eden. Collaboration between Karen Knowles (singer), AdamRankin (sound healer), Karen Sutherland (Gunyah gardener) with welcome to country by Ian Hunter (Wurundjeri man).
ABC News, Bernard Salt and our recent 774 interview with Hilary Harper on Avocados! http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-10-20/growing-avocados-easier-with-apartment-boom-but-renters-miss-out/7949070 For more information on growing these tasty fruits, check our youtube video.
On radio 774 9.30 am this Saturday with Hilary Harper and Wurundjuri man Ian Hunter – give us a call and find out how to use this gorgeous Native Thyme! Follow Edible Eden Design on Instagram
A while ago, the EED team advised Ellie on edible gardening and built these planter boxes for her and her mother designed to tie in with their period home. We are thrilled Ellie won the City West Water Sustainable Garden competition and to have contributed to helping her get excited about growing food.
Native Pepper and Tasmanian Sea Salt from Provenance Growers – my new favourite flavouring! Follow Edible Eden Design on Instagram
My latest Permaculture Tips in the new edition of Green Magazine Follow Edible Eden Design on Instagram
Thank you so much to Megan Backhouse for the wonderful Age writeup just before my open garden. The dust has settled here after a wonderful and successful open garden weekend. I hope you enjoy reading the article, especially if you missed the garden, my niece said it captured the world of Karen very well! http://www.smh.com.au/entertainment/about-town/forget-symmetry-karen-sutherlands-productive-garden-is-way-more-appealing-20160311-gngpzc.html
Join Karen and a host of other great speakers for a day out in the beautiful forest garden at Wonga Park. The day kicks off from 9.30am and there’s a great range of interesting talks from ducks and chooks to bees and permaculture. If you want to catch up with Karen she’ll be there at […]
Did you know we’ve started listing all the events far and wide you can catch up with Karen across Melbourne and beyond. Have a look under classes on the website to get all the details and links. Best of all some of the classes and opportunities are free giving you even more chances to grow your knowledge. […]
If you missed hearing me on The Good Earth on 3WBC last weekend tune in to 3CR this Sunday 13/12 at 7.30am to 9.15am, we’ll be chatting all things gardening.
Come and join in the Edible and Medicinal Plant Identification and Use workshop at the All Nations Kitchen Garden on Saturday 28 November 1:00 – 2:00pm as part of the Darebin Backyard Harvest Festival, bookings are essential so pop on the website. Check out all the other fantastic offerings on over the weekend too. So much […]
Come along to the Peppertree Place Fiesta at 512 Sydney Road, Coburg from 10.20 till 11am this Saturday to hear Karen speak on a favourite topic – Growing Bush Foods & Herbs in the City. There’s stacks of other great workshops and activities too!
Join Karen at 1pm Sunday 1st November for an Espalier workshop and check out this beautiful property with views, orchard, kitchen garden, art and refreshments. All close to the town of Castlemaine, great for a day out, garden open both Saturday 31st October and Sunday 1st November. Entry $8, workshop included in entry fee.
Edible Eden – Urban Food Forest Come and see what’s possible at our display garden … Our garden invites you into a haven from city life, a place to nurture yourself with home grown vegetables and fruit, herbal tea, honey and fresh eggs. Even a small city garden can grow a variety of food if designed […]
A little fellow we found in my parent’s vegie garden while getting it ready for spring…
Get your garden off to a good start this Spring with an Edible Eden class. Sunday 20 September from 10am till midday we learn about ‘Vegetables Gardening for Beginners’ with a special emphasis on what to do in Spring. In the afternoon, from 1.30 till 3.30 pm, we learn about ‘Propagating from Seed’, to help […]
Sign up now for a session with Karen on the 10th June in Moonee Valley
Recently, I showed Graeme Ross around my garden, you can watch it here! (Sorry about the ads!)
Want to grow your own vegies and herbal tea but lack confidence? An Edible Eden class will help! Sunday 8 March – Click on the links below for details and sign-ups Vegie Growing for Beginners – (Autumn) – 10am – midday – Get your garden ready for one of the major planting times of the year […]
Sunday 15 Feb, we hosted a tour of some local nature strips as part of the Sustainable Living Festival, discussing everything from council policies to the type of plants that cope with the harsh exposure (Society Garlic, Artichokes). Why grow on the nature strip you might ask? Why not? I would counter! To me it’s […]
At 2 Craig Street, Keilor East, there is six acres of Italian paradise only six km from Melbourne’s CBD! Rose Creek is a fascinating and extensive Mediterranean vegetable garden with beehives, an orchard featuring unusual varieties and many citrus trees, as well as a poultry run where the chooks are all known by name, and […]
If you’re visiting country friends or relatives, look out for old Mulberry trees – take a change of clothes for picking! This tree is around 100 years old, on an old abandoned farm site. These trees are so tough, it grows in an area with less than 500mm annual rainfall – this results in very […]
Edible Garden we designed for William Angliss Institute Here’s some information about this exciting project…. The Rain Garden will feature a series of beds highlighting edible native plantings on campus, which will be available for use by students and staff. The garden will also include over 100 different edible plants, including Bush Foods and Herbs, […]
Sprouted these beans well before they would have grown in the garden (August 23) and I’ve had beans for the past week or so. Bush beans produce quicker than climbing beans, so are great for an early harvest if started this way.
An amazing year for strawberries! I’m picking at least a kilo each week – so my neighbours and relatives have been very happy!
Spring brings fresh new leaves on garden herbs – Lemon Balm and Mint make a tasty tea for Friday desk work!
Once again we have been invited back to Garden DesignFest. to open one of our beautiful & productive gardens. The Toman Garden in West Heidelberg is a relaxed and attractive space, producing vegetables, fruit, herbs, edible flowers, bush foods and cut flowers.
Two new girls are enjoying the garden – the Old English Game Bantams have gone to live with Tim where their unpredictable laying patterns will be offset by other chickens!
Get your vegie garden ready for Spring (Sat 23 Aug), and learn to grow your own plants from seeds and cuttings (Sun 24 Aug)
This weekend, get some Winter food gardening skills with Karen – Saturday 1-3pm “Winter Vegie Gardening for Beginners” and Sunday 1-3pm there’s the “Winter Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop”.
Thanks Don for some seeds of this colorful Amaranth, which we were discussing at the Open Garden.
200 edible-useful plants in an ornamental setting incl. nature strip, rooftop bees, chickens, aquaponics. Free talks at 11, 1 and 3; $7 adults, under 18 free; for sale – honey & honeycomb from the rooftop bees, perennial produce plants including ‘Fragola’ grapes (white and red fruiting); Lemon Myrtle, Quandongs, Native Pepper, Native Mints, Saltbushes, Muntries, […]
Fragola grapes ripening on my vine – these smell and taste like strawberries as well as being incredibly hardy and fruiting in semi-shade or sun. I’ll have a limited number of plants for sale at my Open Garden, March 15-16, 10-4.30. This year I’ll also have white Fragola grape plants for sale.
Catch up with Karen and get some sustainable gardening advice at the ATA ‘Speed Date a Sustainability Expert’ event, Saturday 22 Feb. Speed Date a Sustainability Expert
Kieran and Brian hard at work transforming Colin and Nella’s back garden
This shouldn’t be possible! These fruit in Autumn, but my chickens uncovered this in my back garden yesterday – and it was tasty!
News from the asparagus patch.
“This event will allow students from Melbourne and regional Victorian schools to look at whole of catchment issues. Students from around Melbourne and Victoria will bring local stories about their environments to the Conference, after many month of research and planning with expert mentors. This event will also allow for the development of cross-state and […]
This one’s so big it will make an entire frittata!
Amazing suburban farm! Wine tasting, olive oil tasting, wood-fired bread for sale, orchard, vineyards, olive grove, chickens, peacock, etc! 2 Craig Street East Keilor. Sunday 25 August only!
This beautiful flowering wild Almond tree on the back roads near Cosgrove Victoria is a harbinger of Spring.
Happy new Shitake Log owners at my recent Open Garden
Anna and Karen filling seed packets with heritage seeds saved at Gunyah ready for sale at this weekend’s Open Garden. Perennial Kale, Nonna’s Giant Rocket, Delta Louise Snow Peas…
Nice quality herb and vegie seedlings at Herb & Co, Salamanca Market, Hobart, Saturday morning.
Another view of the Food Forest looking wonderful after a huge day with Permablitz volunteers!
I am one of the speakers next Thursday at a Symposium (love that word!) at Burnley College on Edible Landscapes. More details here – http://www.commercial.unimelb.edu.au/burnley150/
March 23-24, my garden, Gunyah is opening in Open Gardens Australia 10am-4.30pm each day.Calendar Here! Featuring 200 edible and useful plants, Roof Garden Cam to see the garage roof bees and vegie garden (honey for sale!), aquaponics, chickens, wall gardens, nature strip garden, lots of autumn fruits and bush foods and herbs to see, taste […]
Yet more tomatoes from the rooftop garden!
– with Sarah Jensch – April 2012
Edible Eden was pleased to be asked to put together the float to lead the 2012 Moomba Parade, with a theme of ‘Harvest’. The float was in the shape of a tractor, made from 27 square metres of wall gardens, planted with 50 varieties (3000 plants in total) of edible plants. We were very popular […]
Edible Eden had a lot of fun putting together a display in front of the State Library based around the iconic symbols of the festival – glass, plate, spoon and fork. The brief was for the tableware to be taken over by exuberant plantings reminiscent of the Triffids and of course the plants needed to […]
Here is a link to an article Frances Saunders of SGA wrote about my garden recently. http://www.sgaonline.org.au/?p=1170
Click here for a transcript of the program
Here is a link to an article to wrote for the Permaculture Research Institute of Australia http://permaculturenews.org/author/Karen%20Sutherland