Sustainable Landscape Design talk & Monthly Open Garden Session

Come along to our monthly Open Garden session in November!

Sunday 9 November                                                                                                     10:00am – 12:00pm                                                                                                        Free event, all welcome – plot holders, Brunswick East locals – anyone who is interested in gardening!

We’ll host a free talk by Annabel Nowlan, artist & landscape designer (and Merri Corner plot holder), on her experiences working as a sustainable landscape designer at 10.30am to 11.00am.

Come along to hear Annabel’s talk, and ask your own questions about sustainable landscaping.

We’ll also have the usual general garden tasks on the go such as weeding and mulching, all welcome!

The Shelter


Open Garden this Sunday 10 August


If you are around and fancy getting outdoors this weekend, come along to Merri Corner Community Garden’s MONTHLY OPEN GARDEN, held on the second Sunday of each month.

Sunday 10 August 10am – 12.00pm

Free Compost Workshop (all welcome) at 11am

Plot holders, neighbours to the garden, Brunswick East locals and friends are all welcome.

It’s a chance to get your hands dirty, catch up with your fellow gardeners and help our garden grow. There’ll be plenty of odd jobs to do like tidying up garden beds and weeding or come along and work on your own plot.

We will also be sowing tomato seeds in the mini hot houses for spring planting and also sowing some winter greens and peas seeds in the communal beds. These communal veggies and tomato seedlings are for sharing amongst all gardeners, so come down to lend a hand, share your knowledge and ask any questions about propagation.

Merri Corner Community Garden, corner Donald & Harrison Streets, Brunswick East.

Autumn Busy Bee and April Open Garden

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Join us this Sunday 23 March for an Autumn Busy Bee from 10am – 1pm.            

We’ll have a compost workshop at 11am for anyone who is interested. And there might even be some sunflower seeds from these beautiful sunflowers to harvest (thanks to Pauline Ahola for the great shots). 

All are welcome, so bring your friends,  family, neighbours or anyone who is interested in gardening or putting their name down for a plot.  There’ll be jobs big and small for everyone, including:

•Weeding and mulching of paths/verges/entrance

•Kids Discovery Garden mini-bee – weeding, harvesting the last of the summer crops, composting and deciding what to plant for autumn/winter.

•Odd jobs including checking on any maintenance needed, and painting more signs for the compost bays

If you can’t make it this weekend, we run a monthly Open Garden session on the second Sunday of each month.  We’ll be doing some general gardening, odd jobs and there will be a mini compost workshop each month. Come down to the next one on Sunday April 13 from 10am – 12pm to say hi, check out how the garden is growing and get your hands dirty! 

Happy Gardening,

Merri Corner Community Garden 

MCCG Committee Meeting Dates for the rest of 2012

The MCCG Committee meets on the first Monday of the month at 7pm. The meetings are generally held at the Edinburgh Castle Hotel (cnr Sydney Rd & Albion St), at a committee member’s house, or down at the garden in summer when the weather is fine.

All MCCG Members and Plot holders are welcome! If you’d like to come along to the next meeting, please get in touch with us on [email protected] and we’ll let you know which venue the meeting is at.

The meeting dates for the rest of 2012 are:

4 June

2 July

6 August

3 September

8 October

12 November

3 December

Veg-in, Veg-out!

Interested in gardening? Have excess seedlings? Want to share ideas and gardening tips?

Come along at 11am til 12 noon this Sunday 15 April and after that on the second Sunday of each month at the same time:

Sunday 13 May 

Sunday 10 June 

Sunday 8 July 

Sunday 12 August 

Sunday 9 Sept 

Sunday 14 October  

Sunday 11 November 

Sunday 9 December

We meet at the Merri Corner Community Garden, corner Harrison and Donald Streets, Brunswick East (near the Merri Creek, opposite the Brunswick velodrome).

We’ll provide tools, seed trays and seed raising mix. All gardeners welcome. Bring your seedlings, cuttings, or just your curiosity.

We hope to see you there!

Autumn Busy Bee – Sunday 4 March

Hello MCCG plotholders and friends,

Autumn is on the way (although you wouldn’t believe it with this heatwave!) and we have a seasonal busy bee coming up next Sunday 4 March.

This year we’re limiting the Busy Bees to only four a year, with some impromptu get-togethers thrown in – like the recent twilight gardening sessions during the week over summer. So if you haven’t been to a Busy Bee for a while, this will be a perfect opportunity to get your hands dirty and help knock off a few jobs around the garden while chatting to your fellow gardeners and neighbours about what you might do for your winter plantings.

As always, there will be something for everyone, and you’re welcome to pop in for a bit or stay on longer.

Tasks include:

*      Compost mixing
*      Mowing the verge
*      Whipper snipper boundary edges
*      Shed clear out
*      Levelling of tank area

Time is 9.30am until midday, bring a nibbly to share for morning tea if you’re so inclined.

See you down at the garden, corner Donald and Harrison Streets, Brunswick East.

Happy gardening,


Twilight Gardening Session – Thursday 12 January

Happy New Year MCCG-ers,

A few of us will be at the garden this Thursday 12 January 5-6pm to do a bit of weeding and tidying up on the northern verge. We’d love you to join us.

A reminder we all need to keep on top of weeds on the paths and around the fruit trees. If you could spend 10 minutes weeding and spreading mulch it’d make a big difference. Huge new piles of mulch are on the northern verge. Thanks to the elves who’ve been watering and tending to the communal beds and sensory garden. They’re looking great.

Finally, there’s a load of garden soil on the northern verge for plot holders who need to top up their plots. Its between the olive trees, under black plastic. Get in quick. It’s nearly all gone.




November Busy Bee & Christmas Catch-up BBQ

Hello Merri Gardeners and Friends,

As the weather is heating up, the Busy Bee activity is cooling down – we will have our last Busy Bee for the year next Sunday 27 November at the Merri Corner Community Garden, corner of Donald and Harrison Street, Brunswick East.

Between 10am – 12.30pm we’ll be tackling the following jobs – there’s something for everyone here:

– raking out Tuscan topping/gravel in the entrance area
– levelling soil and laying newspaper and mulch next to tank
– mulching paths
– hanging hooks for storage of tools in the shed
– turning and chopping up compost
– Snail Blitz (wear your best snail smashing shoes!)

All are welcome. Come down for an hour or so,  or a bit longer if you like – we don’t expect you to stay all day!

From 12.30pm – 2pm we’ll have an end of year BBQ to catch up and spread some early Christmas cheer and we’d love to see you there.  Snags and vegetarian options will be provided, please bring a plate of sweet treats or a salad to share.

And from 2pm – 4pm there’ll be an afternoon shift to finish off any remaining Busy Bee jobs.

See you down at the garden,


Merri Corner Community Garden Inc, Annual General Meeting for 2010-2011

Date Saturday 22nd October 2011
Time  11am to 12.30pm approx.
Venue Merri Corner Community Garden, corner Harrison & Donald Streets, Brunswick East (if bad weather is predicted we will advise of an alliterative location via email in the week before)

Other activities on the day will include:

10am Planting of the raised beds sensory garden in the entry way more information will follow
12.30pm Post AGM BBQ and seedling swap gardeners are encouraged to bring along excess seedlings and swap them for plants with other gardeners to round out your summer crops.

The BBQ food will be supplied (sausages, veggie burgers and bread) however if gardeners would like to bring a plate of salad or something sweet to share that would be great.

Voting for the new committee will also take place on the day we are always looking for new blood, all positions up for election

  • President
  • Vice President
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer
  • Public officer
  • plus 4 general committee positions

We also need a volunteer to take up the position of Garden Manager as well if anyone is interested.

The committee currently meets once a month and is the group that keeps the garden running, we would welcome job sharing for any of the office bearing positions.  If you want to speak to someone about nominating and what is involved please feel free to contact myself as the returning officer by emailing [email protected]. All committee members are expected to take on portfolio areas as part of the their involvement these include garden management, communications, construction & design, governance, membership and finance.

Otherwise a nomination form is included with the 2011 AGM papers please complete and return it to myself as the interim returning officer at [email protected]. You can also bring the form along on the day of the meeting if you are having troubles getting your nominations completed.

The other major part of the AGM meeting will be members approving the proposed Rules and Guidlines for the Garden.  These are attached.  When gardeners signed their plot holders sub lease forms you are asked to agree to abide by this document so it is important that members/ gardeners read and understand this document and any changes made to it.  If you have any questions relating to this please feel free to contact me to discuss it.

We look forward to seeing you at the meeting,

Eleisha Mullane
Merri Corner Community Garden Inc.