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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 program includes 2 workshops per month.

Please note that we 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 continuing our great workshop program 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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If Bookings are required this will be specified in information for particular workshop, otherwise bookings are not required.

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Saturday, 21st of October Workshop – Creating a Sustainable Home for Less with Brett Grimley (9.30am)

Do you have a dream to build your own sustainable home, but think that it’s out of your reach? There are things that you can do, and not do, to keep costs low (e.g., using recycled products & doing without extra rooms & bathrooms). Brett & Amber Grimley opened their home for Sustainable House Day 2016 & 2017. Their house is as much about financial sustainability as it is about environmental sustainability. Brett is a local professional building designer & sustainable house design is his passion (see website or Facebook – Ecolibrium Designs). Brett will show you tips, tricks & approaches to achieve a sustainable home for less.

Brett has generously donated this workshop to Yandina Community Gardens. 

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers

Duration: 1.5-2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

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Saturday, 4th of November Guided Garden Tour with Dee Humphreys (9am)

Want to know what and how to grow in the sub-tropics? Join Dee Humphreys for a tour of YCG. See Permaculture principles and design ideas in action.

Meet at bamboo tepee. 1-1.5 hrs.
We recommend you wear a hat and bring a water bottle.
Cost: Gold coin to contribute to the overall running costs of the Gardens.

Dee Humphreys is an organic gardener and educator. Her enthusiasm for eating what she grows and using all things ‘green’ for health is infectious. Dee and her husband, Ian, previously ran the ‘Garden of Eatin’, a magical 10 acres of edible gardens on the Sunshine Coast where they taught people through educational Garden Tours. More recently they have created a super productive suburban garden. Dee has a special passion for nutritious herbs and weeds, and exploring their practical uses. A wealth of knowledge!

FYI – Dee Humphreys will also be our Garden Tour Guide on 2 December.

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Saturday, 11th of November 9:30amMicrobats, a permaculture tool for Mosquito control and pollination, presented by John Parsons

John Parsons is an environmentalist and President of the Fraser Coast Microbats group. In this workshop you will learn about some of the 72 species of microbats in Australia. Did you know Microbats have been around for 50 million years and account for ⅔ of the worlds mammals? John will talk about the benefits that microbats have to our environment and in particular our garden. As their habitat trees are cut down we are losing these precious mammals from our environments. This is where we come in? We can install microbat boxes in our gardens and on our properties. You will learn how and where we can install boxes.  Microbats are being monitored for species and volume by the Environment Heritage Protection organisation.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers
Duration: 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.

We also sell bat boxes in our shop, so come along after the workshop and buy your bat box


Saturday, 18th November, 9:30am   Insect Identification – The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, presented by Michelle Gleeson

Michelle, an author and entomologist, is the Director/Presenter of Bugs Ed (, and in this workshop we will explore the amazing world of insects found in our gardens, including the good, the bad and the ugly! Tips on how to encourage beneficial insects and how to ward off the baddies will be covered as well as how to recognise and identify some of the common groups of insects found in our own backyards. You will see amazing images, dead specimens and some live local insects and then a short “bug hunt” around the gardens will help us to put our identification skills into practice. There will also be a Q&A session to finish and if you have any bugs you would like identified, put them in a jar and bring them along.  Michelle will also have her new book for sale “Miniature Lives – identifying insects in your home and garden”.

Cost: $5 Non-Members, Gold coin for Members, Free to Regular Volunteers
Duration 2 hours. Bookings are NOT required.


Questions? Contact Workshop Coordinator, Margaret Hamlyn at or phone 5446 7373.

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