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Local Community Gardens in Brisbane for Green Thumbs

If you have been following our family’s adventures for a while, you will know that we love growing our own food. When we moved from our house with yard, to an apartment with a balcony, we realised we needed to start to look for local community gardens. And we found them! Lots of them! So, if you are looking for community gardens in Brisbane, we’ve got the list right here!

There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own food garden. Unfortunately, in this day and age not many people have the space to maintain such a garden. So is it possible to grow fresh vegetables in the middle of the bustling suburbs or in the heart of the city? As a matter of fact, community gardens growing food can be found all around Brisbane thanks to the support of local communities and organisations.

So what exactly is a community garden? Community gardens are local areas, such as parks, universities and schools, which contain specially allocated spaces to grow and maintain gardens. These gardens can include veggies, fruits, herbs and in some cases even animals. As the name implies, the maintenance of these gardens is done exclusively by locals and local organisations. Any produce grown belongs to them to either sell, use themselves, or to donate to the disadvantaged.

Community gardens provide many benefits to both individuals and the wider community. These benefits include community bonding, financial opportunities through selling produce in local farmer markets and sustainable living solutions and education. Community gardens also provides fun and social way for families to discover gardening and get involved in their local community.

Do you and your family want to get involved with a community garden?

Community gardens are always welcoming new members every day.

gooseberries picked at home
My kids with gooseberries picked from the garden

Here is a list of all the community gardens in the Brisbane area:

  • Abbeville Street Park
    Upper Mt Gravatt
  • Acacia Ridge Community Garden
    Acacia Ridge
  • Aspley Special School Garden
  • Balaangala Indigenous Food Garden
    The Gap
  • Banyo Community Garden
  • Beelarong Community Farm
  • Bulimba Creek Catchment Co-ordinating Committee
  • Bulimba State School Garden
  • Burnie Brae Park
  • Carindale PCYC
  • Centacare North East Community Care
  • Coorparoo Community Garden
  • Delaware Street Community Garden
  • Golden Years Seniors Centre
  • Graceville/Sherwood Community Garden
  • Green Corner Community Garden (Ashgrove)
  • Green P Community Garden (PCYC)
  • ‘Grow for Life’ Abbeville Street Community Garden
    Upper Mt Gravatt
  • Inala Community Garden (Spiritus Early Parent Centre)
  • Inspiration Garden
  • Jane Street Community Garden
    West End
  • Jeay’s Street Community Garden
    Bowen Hills
  • Kelvin Grove Community Garden
    Kelvin Grove
  • Koala Park
  • Kyabra Street Community Garden
  • Lyons Playground Park
    Highgate Hill
  • Northey Street City Farm
  • Nundah Community Centre
  • Paradise Street Community Garden
    Highgate Hill
  • Rocks Riverside Park
    Seventeen Mile Rocks
  • Salisbury Community Garden
  • Sandbag Community Garden
  • St Clements Church Garden
  • St John’s Oxley Community Garden
  • The Pocket Community Garden (road reserve)
    East Brisbane
  • Vera Street Community Garden
  • Wynnum Manly Community Garden
  • Yoorala Street Community Garden
    The Gap

More information to help you find a community garden

Please click here for more information about each of the community gardens. As a reminder, some community gardens give members their own plots whereas others maintain a combined garden for locals to share. Contact your local garden to find out more information.

Alternatively, if your local area does not have a community garden, you can request one be built in your local area. It involves a lot of dedication, but the result can be highly rewarding for yourself and the whole community. Advice and information on going about starting your own local community garden can be found here.

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

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