1) Gaelic Lodge
Lisa and Tony Ferris, 104 Ferguson Road, Dardanup, 6236. Mob: 0428969868
This beautiful edible garden is a productive permaculture property, set on the edge of the Dardanup townsite. Diversity is one of the secrets of this thriving sustainable garden, with over 130 edible perennial species. It is a wonderful example of uncluttered sustainable living on just over 1 acre. Evolving to align with the Permaculture Ethics of Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share, four generations of one family gather and enjoy this property.
The woodland zone provides a cool and calming space on hot summer days. A haven for people, a home for a myriad of birds and providing forage for the properties’ bee hives. Included within the canopy you will find trellises of raspberries and boysenberries, banana circles and aquatic plantings. Developing along the lines of a multilayered food forest, the area has combined plantings of ornamental, edible and medicinal species
Entry Fee: $5/person. proceeds to Drought Relief. Permaculture plants & some homemade preserves for sale -. Light refreshments available. Disabled access is quite good. Small group garden tours daily – 11am and 2pm. NB: small buses welcome by prior arrangement.
More info: The garden is divided into different ‘rooms’ or zones creating a mix of productive, entertaining and relaxing spaces. Mature perennial plantings define the edge of a lawned area, doubling as a cricket/ pitch or ballet stage for when the grandkids visit. A thriving organically- managed vegetable patch provides year- round harvests.
‘Grandpa’s Gym’, as it is affectionately known, is a compact and productive space where the focus is on clean, green seasonal eating. 40 annual species are grown in uniquely shaped lasagne beds, with a bountiful surplus delivered regularly to Bunbury Foodbank.
Happy, healthy hens roam freely beneath the orchard trees. This area is divided into 3 separate runs so as to best manage the chickens’ tendency to scratch. The ‘girls’ are valued garden residents, loved not only for their fresh eggs and colourful antics, but also for their important fertilising and biological pest control services.