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Community group sharing a love of gardening

A new garden group, as part of the ACH Group Social Links program, is bringing garden lovers together in South Australia.

Garden2Garden volunteer Jane Mattner with Marie-Weller
Garden2Garden volunteer Jane Mattner with Marie-Weller

The Garden2Garden group comes together in the Fleurieu Peninsula each Thursday. Each week the garden lovers meet at a different garden to learn from and be inspired by one another.

The group is the brainchild of volunteer and keen gardener Jane Mattner who thought it would be a nice way to bring people together.

“It’s a great social activity because we share cuttings and seeds from one another’s gardens and from community gardens that we visit,” she says.

“People enjoy getting out and seeing other gardens and hear about what works for them. Each garden is unique with its own challenges, depending on its aspect and soil type.”

The group recently visited Marie Weller, in her Wirra Cove garden. Set high in the hills with spectacular ocean views, Ms Weller ‘s garden features a range of succulents, native sedges, bougainvilleas and low hedges.

“I call this my ‘survival garden’,” Ms Weller says. “We get high winds here and everything grows slowly, even with a drip system.”

Garden2Garden is held each Thursday from 10.30am to 12pm and open to anyone who is interested in gardening or gardens.

ACH Group runs Social Links programs across South Australia, from computing classes to Tai Chi, walking and singing, art to dancing. To find out more about our Social Links programs please visit the ACH Group website or phone 1300 224 477.

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