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Creating a Sustainable Community Program

Yandina Community Gardens is pleased to offer a series of workshops and garden tours held on Saturdays at YCG. Our new 2016-2017 program includes 2 workshops per month.  This project is supported by the Sunshine Coast Council Grants Program – we acknowledge and thank Council for their ongoing support.  

Please note that we now charge a small fee for our workshops. Of course, if anyone feels inspired to donate more, we will very gratefully accept your generosity!  YCG is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run organisation and we always welcome donations and support. All fees and donations go towards the ongoing costs of running YCG and help us to keep offering great workshops with great presenters.

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NOTE: Workshop Notes from some previous workshops are on the INFORMATION page.  Scroll through and select the appropriate pdf.

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Bookings are NOT required for any of these workshops unless specified.


10th September Workshop – Organic Gardening with Pia Dowling

Pia Dowling3

Learn time/cost/water-saving, chemical free & sustainable techniques with Pia Dowling, covering Tools/Equipment, Site Characteristics, Garden Layout, Soil Characteristics, Importance of creating a ‘Viable’ soil (including practical demos), Watering, Plants (including Science of Pollination), Importance of ‘Workers’ (e.g., pollinators) & ‘Warriors’ (e.g., predatory insects, spiders & birds), Dog Patrol.

Duration 2 hours


Workshop Entry = $5 for General Public, Gold Coin for Members, Free for regular YCG Volunteers

No bookings required

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17th September – Premium Workshop Day

Organic Gardening with Annette McFarlane

Annette McFarlane

Join us to celebrate National Organic Week by spending a Spring Saturday at Yandina Community Gardens with Annette McFarlane.

 9 am

Gates Open
 9.45 am Welcome
 10 am “What’s Bugging You – Organic control of garden pests and diseases” with Annette McFarlane
 12 pm Garden Tour
 1.30 pm

Q&A Session with Annette McFarlane – bring along your gardening questions for in-person talkback!

Entry $10 (children under 16 years free) – No bookings required

Food & tea/coffee will be available to purchase at YCG or at local cafes.
Plants, seeds, tools, books and gardening products for sale.

Annette McFarlane is an organic gardener, seed saver and sustainability educator.  Author of ‘Successful Gardening in Warm Climates’, ‘Organic Vegetable Gardening’, ‘Organic Fruit Growing’ & ‘Love Your Garden’. She presents Gardening Talkback each Saturday on ABC radio & writes the gardening column in the Sunday Mail

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Questions? Contact Workshop Coordinator, Amber Grimley, or phone 5446 7373.

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