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Gardens & Native Bee Sanctuary
FARMGATE SHOP & FARM TOURS
OPEN: 8.30am-2.30pm - FRI, SAT, SUN, MON, TUE
(closed Wed & Thu except in school holidays)
OPEN EVERY DAY IN SCHOOL HOLIDAYS
Admission to the farmgate shop: free to browse
Admission to the farm/animals/gardens/solar cooking area: $10 child, $12.50 conc, $15 adult (Family $45 for 2a + 2c)
A while ago we got to thinking...wouldn't it be great if we could plant an amazing sanctuary full of plants of usefulness to humanity and bursting with pollen, nectar and habitat for native Australian stingless bees.
We started to think about the types of plants we'd include from the edible to the medicinal, and even plants for walking sticks and for perfume, for dyes and building material, animal fodder and culinary delights.
About this time a wonderful old friend of ours got in touch. We'd worked together years ago on the Great Barrier Reef on a tiny, gorgeous coral cay called Heron Island. Ken Hawkins had been the gardener on the island and out of the blue, nearly 20 years later, we got an email from him saying hi. Ken had gone on to design ethnobotanical gardens around the world, so we popped the question...would he visit us in Nabiac the next time he was in Australia - and he did!
Generous, kind and planet-loving Ken designed up the 5 acre garden for us and left us with a great plan...and a bare paddock.
About this time the federal T-QUAL grant scheme opened for submissions. There was no way we could complete such a project on our own, but with T-QUAL covering some of the costs, we knew we could give it a great shot. And so that's what we've been up to creating a Resilience Garden and Native Bee Sanctuary that you will be able to visit from September 2012.