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  • Bokashi Composting: Learn all about this Japanese fermentation style of composting that allows you to easily recycle meat, fish, bread and dairy foods into compost.
  • Bush Medicine: This is a workshop on traditional Aboriginal bush remedies. Learn to treat a range of ailments like arthritis and rheumatism using local plants
  • Children and Chickens: Come and learn about keeping chickens in your yard, their needs and behaviour. Meet some chickens and check out their eggs. Children are welcome. The evening ends with an egg hunt.
  • Compact Composting: If you live in an apartment or have a very small garden you can still compost. Join us at the Botanic Garden and discover how you too can become a compact composter. 
  • Composting: Learn how to set up a compost heap in your own backyard and prevent 40% of household waste going to landfill
  • Ephemeral Garden Sculptures: Ephemeral sculpture is a fantastic way to express your creativity, and add a low-cost feature to your garden. Join us at the Botanic Gardens to learn how to create sculptures out of natural material. 
  • Fabulous Fungi: Ever wondered what the slimy yellow blob that appeared in your garden overnight was? Then come along to this workshop where you'll learn about the interesting world of fungi. Participants will also learn about the different types of edible fungi and techniques on growing your own. 
  • Frogs of the Illawarra: Learn about the diversity of frogs found in your backyard. Hear their calls and go on an adventure through the garden to hunt for frogs.
  • Growing Citrus and Other Fruits: Learn how to manage pests of fruit trees organically as well as how to tailor make compost for your fruit trees. Maybe you are in the process of purchasing a citrus tree and wondered what to get? We’ll share some great recipes to use up your abundant fruit crop from invisible ink to glace orange peel.
  • Habitat Gardening: Create a little piece of habitat while learning about the features needed to create a habitat, various design techniques, materials to use and plant identification. 
  • Kitchen Garden Tomatoes and Preserves: Learn about the maintenance and types of crops you can sow and harvest in mid-summer. Help harvest some tomatoes to make tomato sauce.
  • Murder Mystery: A day of fun and intrigue where you will learn a great deal about gardening and cooking while solving an intriguing mystery. As part of this 'One Pot Lunch' we ask each participant to bring a vegetable or herb from home that they think would be nice in a soup and wear one item of clothing to represent the character you've assigned when you book.
  • Natural Pest Management: Discover how to make natural chemical free pesticides for your garden
  • No Dig Gardening: Learn how to build your vegetable garden above the ground using organic ingredients. This method is great for conserving water and improving your garden soil, together with diverting your household waste from landfill.
  • Seasonal Garden: Learn how to make simple dishes with ingredients straight from the backyard veggie patch and about what types of vegetables can be grown during the different seasons, how to prepare your gardens and simple tips so that you can harvest all year round.
  • Veggie Gardening: Join us in the kitchen garden to discover what you can plant, what to harvest and what you can eat from your vegetable garden at this time of year
  • Worm Farming: If you've ever considered getting a low-maintenance pet then why not consider worms? These wrigglers not only provide you with rich organic fertiliser for your garden, but they also eat up your food scraps and reduce the amount of organic waste going to landfill. Come along to learn how to set up your own worm farm, and divert your organic waste from landfill, while providing a wonderful resource for your garden.

We run several of these community workshops each season - refer to our events calendar for upcoming workshops.

Alternatively, if you would like organise a group booking for any of the above mentioned workshops, please call us on 4227 7667 or email botanicgarden@wollongong.nsw.gov.au with a few suitable tour dates and times, group numbers and your contact information (address, phone and email) and we will get back to you to confirm arrangements.

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