IN BLOOM: Megan Brown, Nero Tucker, Dimitri Tucker, Naya Greenwood, Zac, Arek, Rechelle and Milan Rozwadowski.
IN BLOOM: Megan Brown, Nero Tucker, Dimitri Tucker, Naya Greenwood, Zac, Arek, Rechelle and Milan Rozwadowski. Lucy Rutherford

Community garden is now open for public to enjoy

A LITTLE patience and care is all it has taken for the first seedlings to bloom in Roma Social's community garden behind the Chandra Yoga and Wellbeing studio.

The community group was inspired to build a garden for everyone to enjoy, with the idea that people can come and pick at their leisure and eventually plant something of their own to keep the garden flourishing.

Member Roma Socials, Megan Brown said the community project is about connecting people and sharing skills and knowledge around gardening.

"I'm a total beginner myself, and wanted to learn how to grow veggies from the other girls in the group because most of them have their own garden or compost,” she said.

"None of us are gardening pros, so its about creating something fun for families to come and enjoy.

"We just want to help Roma work as a community and keep growing until we have a self sustaining garden.”

In celebration of Chandra Yoga studio's second birthday, a free yoga class was held where gardening enthusiasts could stay on after to join Roma Socials for morning tea and to help construct garden beds.

"Everything we've used has been donated, including the wooden pallets to make the garden beds and the seedlings,” Ms Brown said.

"It's great to see the community get behind the project and it helps keep everything sustainable.”

While the day truly showed that its many hands that make light work, the kids were the ones most eager to grab a shovel and finally give their veggies a home.

"The kids have loved getting their hands dirty and watching their veggies slowly grow,” she said.

"We would pull up every afternoon to water them and just watch them grow, bit by bit.

"It's really important getting the kids involved, teaching them these skills from a young age and show them how to tend and care for things.”

The garden is now open for the rest of the community to pick and plant as they please.

Nero and Dimitri Tucker, Zac, Arek and Milan Rozwadowski
Nero and Dimitri Tucker, Zac, Arek and Milan Rozwadowski Lucy Rutherford