A Green-Thumbed Gift for the Community

By Georgia Wright 

Garden beds under construction

Two years ago, passionate ‘edible gardener’ Kylie Stapleton suggested to Moreton Bay Regional Council that our community deserves a ‘library garden’.

Council was enthusiastic and embraced the idea, to place one at the Arana Hills Library, however plans were put on hold throughout last year due to the COVID-19 restrictions. Nevertheless, with sheer dedication, Kylie persisted through the planning stages with Council and earlier this year they had everything in place to start the Library Garden.

But what on earth is a Library Garden?

Well, if you ask Kylie, her partner Steve Lambert, or their neighbour Alex, they would tell you that construction of a library garden is no easy task and a lot of hard work! Taking an entire weekend to piece together and garnish with finishing touches, Kylie’s passion project sure involved a lot of hard work and planning. Nevertheless, in her words, ‘It was a lot of physical labour, but we all had the satisfaction of creating something exciting for our community.’

For that is what a library garden is—a little special something for locals to enjoy. Its purpose is to teach people how to plant, harvest, save seeds, and propagate / help maintain a garden. It is hoped that the garden can be used for years to come to inspire, empower and educate the public on how edible plants grow. It has been designed to be accessible with the well-spaced out (and possum-proofed!!) garden beds. The current plantings include peas, lettuce, capsicum, rainbow chard, parsley, basil, mint, dill, and a Lots-a-lemons and Tahitian Lime tree. There are also a few other fruit trees ready to plant.

Kylie and her partner Steve Lambert

Having been actively involved with The Hills District & Bunya Garden Competition, as well as using her own garden to produce most of her home’s fresh food, Kylie certainly knows her way around the ropes. Now, she wishes to pass on some of her knowledge and enthusiasm to others in our neighbourhood. To her delight, the community has already begun to embrace her green-thumbed gift.

On another note, Moreton Bay Regional Council is currently in the process of joining the ‘Grow it Local’ platform. The intention behind joining the platform is to generate conversations, connections throughout the region, and host themed events such as talks, workshops and competitions (e.g., Moreton Bay’s wonkiest vegetable). Council hasn’t announced a firm date yet of when it will start up, but we will keep you posted here at The Hills Echo. If you would like to visit the Library Garden , pop down to The Arana Hills Library, 63 Cobbity Crescent, Arana Hills.

Vegetable plantings are in full bloom

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