Community gardens

Community Gardens

Community gardens are where people can come together to grow fresh food, to learn and share gardening skills, relax and make new friends around a sustainable and inviting community garden. They usually have a low annual membership fee and some have individual garden plots available for lease.

Kitchen gardens are usually located with community houses. Many kitchen gardens support community cooking programs or food rescue services.

There are Community Gardens and Kitchen Gardens located across Mornington Peninsula Shire.

To get involved, contact your group of interest directly: 

Community Gardens
Blairgowrie Community Garden
Mornington Community Garden
Rosebud Community Garden
Crib Point Community Garden
Dromana Community Garden
The Garden, Hastings
The Briars Heritage Seed Garden

Kitchen Gardens
Sorrento Connected Garden
Rye Community House
Seawinds Community Hub
Mount Martha Community House
Mornington Community House
Mt Eliza Neighbourhood House
Somerville Community House
Wallaroo Community House

For further information and support for persons wanting to establish or amend an existing Community Garden on land owned or managed by the Shire download the Mornington Peninsula Shire -  Community Gardens Information Kit(PDF, 1MB) 

Blairgowrie Community Garden, Stringer Road Reserve

At Blairgowrie Community Garden, enthusiastic local residents have come together to create a thriving shared garden with no individual plots. Members share in the work and the rewards. The group meets regularly, and members have keyed access at any time. Excess fresh produce is donated to a food charity. The garden is supported by donations, community fundraising, local business, and government grants. Blairgowrie Community Garden is seeking new members.

The garden includes a large shade area, garden shed, potting area, hot house, children’s area, six large raised garden beds, six wicking beds, 22,500 litre water tank, and three large compost bins. Ample car parking is available.

Blairgowrie Community Garden is located within the tennis courts at Stringer Rd Reserve, Blairgowrie.

For more information visit the Blairgowrie Community Garden website or email bcgveggies@gmail.com.

Mornington Community Garden

Mornington Community Garden is a vibrant green space where people of different backgrounds and abilities get together to share and learn gardening skills. Members adapt the principles of organic gardening with an emphasis on friendship, health and sharing of knowledge. The garden holds regular workshops and working bees, food swaps and an annual Open Day. Individual, family and group memberships are available. Group visits are welcome by appointment.

Mornington Community Garden features an Australian native garden, frog pond and a variety of birds. The garden hosts over 50 plots, four raised wheelchair accessible beds and three propagation igloos. It also features composting, worm farm, berry house, medicinal herbs, outdoor kitchen, resource library, fruit trees, vineyard, medicinal herbs, communal plots, edible indigenous herbs and a children’s sand play area.

Mornington Community Garden is accessed from Mitchell St, Mornington.

The garden is open regularly for visitors, plant sales, food swaps and member meetings. For more information visit the Mornington Community Garden websiteFacebook page or email dig-itcomgarden@hotmail.com.

Rosebud Community Garden, Lawson Park

At the Rosebud Community Garden, gardeners of all ages come together to learn and share their knowledge. Memberships are available for family groups, social members and leasing of individual garden plots. All members contribute to the maintenance of the shared garden areas and are encouraged to be actively involved in the management of the garden.

The group meets regularly to garden together, enjoy a shared lunch, present workshops for the public and host a home harvest swap. See their website or Facebook page for more information and to register your intention to attend.

The garden is comprised of individual raised garden beds available for lease, shared garden beds, a club house, large compost bays, hot house, indigenous garden and shaded table setting. Off street car parking is available.

Rosebud Community Garden is located within Lawson Park in Leon Avenue, Rosebud. The surrounding park is a dog off-leash area however only service animals are permitted within the fenced off garden area.

For more information visit the Rosebud Community Garden websiteFacebook page or email info@rosebudcommunitygarden.org.

Crib Point Community Garden

Crib Point Community Garden is a friendly social group. Members can learn more about growing, harvesting and cooking fruit and vegetables while establishing and maintaining a sustainable community garden. Members are involved in composting, weeding, mulching seedling production, planting and harvesting produce. Come along and learn new skills, share ideas, meet new people, and grow organic foods. The group meets regularly for group gardening and shared lunch. New members are warmly welcomed.

The garden is comprised of large communal garden beds, gazebo, orchard, chickens, hot house, potting area, garden shed and large compost bays.

Crib Point Community Garden is located behind Crib Point Community House at 7 Park Rd, Crib Point 3919.

For more information visit the Crib Point Community Garden Facebook page or email thecrib3919@gmail.com.

Dromana Community Garden

Dromana Community Garden is an open and communal garden for the whole community to enjoy. The group meets weekly and monthly for social group working bees. There are many types of jobs to do to suit everyone. The group meets regularly for group gardening and working bees. Visitors and new members are welcome.

The garden features over 20 vegetables beds, large communal gardens, gazebo, propagation tent, fruit trees and a native garden.

Dromana Community Garden is located next to the tennis and netball club in Marna Street, Dromana.

For more information visit the Dromana Community Garden Facebook page or contact dromanacommunitygarden@gmail.com.

The Garden, Hastings

The Garden in Hastings is nestled within the grounds of Salvation Army Westernport. The Garden is looking to engage local community members who would like to volunteer and have a passion for gardening.

For more information or to get involved, please contact westernport@aus.salvationarmy.org.

Mount Martha

Mount Martha House is supporting the establishment of a new community garden. Members are welcome.

For more information or to get involved please contact Mount Martha House or email mountmarthahouse@mornpen.vic.gov.au.

Home Harvest

Too many lemons and not enough parsley?  Why not take part in a Home Harvest Exchange. This community initiative allows people to bring their own excess produce and go home with someone else’s for free!