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Diggers Garden Shop Heirloom Gardening Workshops

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by Ann Lund (subscribe)
A writer keen to share knowledge of South East Asia and loves exploring and writing about the gems in the community, art and culture of Adelaide, as well as towns and cities further afield.
Gardening workshops for all things organic and heirloom
A permanent shop in the heart of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens plus a year long series of really valuable workshops on all things gardening make The Diggers a really special part of Adelaide.

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Diggers Shop right in the heart of the Adelaide Botanic Gardens

I walk regularly through the beautiful Adelaide Botanic Gardens but only recently fully investigated the Diggers Garden Shop located at the Schomburgk Pavilion. The shop is situated in the heart of the Botanic Garden and has something for all gardeners. There are staff on hand to respond to all of your questions about specific seeds, heirloom flowers, vegetable seeds and seasonal bulbs. There is an array of books and gardening hardware too.

Heirloom seeds have seen a flourish of popularity recently and for good reason. They represent the old plants and seeds slowly on occasion not used and therefore dying out. So to keep our gardens and our world full of a greater variety of vegetables and plants is worth considering planting heirloom seeds, growing the flowers and or vegetables and planting and sharing the seeds again.

The Diggers Shop is linked to the Diggers Club, and is owned by the Diggers Garden and Environmental Trust, a charitable Trust that preserves Australia's heritage of heirloom seeds and plants and the gardens and buildings of Heronswood and St Erth. This is a club for organic gardeners and they are a leader in heirloom plants and seeds. The plants grown by the Diggers Club are selected, grown and trialled in Australia's certified organic gardens. The Club does focus on all things gardening but you'll also find their literature digs into issues such as seed ownership, organics and climate change. If you are interested in membership you can look at this link here.

Diggers workshops are held throughout the year and for 2014 there are still 10 to go. These monthly workshops (listed below) are held at the Noel Lothian Hall in the Adelaide Botanic Gardens. To book call 0882328671. Each workshop is 1.5hrs long. $25 for Diggers members and $35 for non members.

2014 Workshops programme

22 June 2014
10am - Success with potatoes
12 noon - Green Manures and soil preparation

17 August 2014
10am - The spring vegetable garden seed sowing
12 noon - Espalier for every garden

21 September 2014
10am - Heirloom Tomatoes
12noon - Container gardens, raised beds and wicking beds

19 October 2014
10am - Ornamentals in the garden
12 noon - Pest and disease management the natural way

16 November 2014
10am - Summer pruning your garden
12noon - Backyard chooks

There is a wealth of local knowledge in the Diggers Shop, the Diggers Club and their workshops. Such a treasure right in the centre of our beloved Adelaide Botanic Gardens.
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Why? Organic and heirloom plus workshops
When: All year around with workshops every month
Phone: 08 82328671
Where: Adelaide Botanic Gardens
Cost: free entry to the Botanic Gardens and the shop workshops cost $25 for members and $35 for non members
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