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.