Willsmere, Wiltshire Drive, Kew VIC Australia 3101

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Welcome to the Willsmere Kitchen Garden!

A Community Garden in Yarra Bend Park

The Willsmere Kitchen Garden is a partnership between the community and Parks Victoria who aims to provide a safe and welcoming space to enjoy gardening and food production, strengthen community bonds and share knowledge.

Upcoming Events
Open Day
Sat, Nov 30
Willsmere Kitchen Garden
Nov 30, 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Willsmere Kitchen Garden, Willsmere, Wiltshire Drive, Kew VIC, Australia
Come along to celebrate community, gardens and Spring. Kids and dogs welcome. Enjoy a sausage sizzle, music and other gardening related fun.
Movie Night at the Willsmere Kitchen Garden Shed
Fri, Nov 15
Willsmere Kitchen Garden
Nov 15, 6:00 PM – 9:30 PM
Willsmere Kitchen Garden, Willsmere, Wiltshire Drive, Kew VIC, Australia
Inaugural pilot MOVIE NIGHT at “The Shed” We have chosen the movie “Up” - which is both child and adult friendly!
November Working Bee
Sat, Nov 16
Willsmere Kitchen Garden
Nov 16, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Willsmere Kitchen Garden, Willsmere, Wiltshire Drive, Kew VIC, Australia
Join us to help weed, spread mulch, build things and generally maintain the garden. Hard physical labour welcome but not compulsory. Kids and dogs welcome.

About Us

The Willsmere Kitchen Garden (WKG) is a community garden located in Yarra Bend Park in Kew - the largest area of natural bushland near the heart of Melbourne. This park, located where the Yarra River and Merri Creek join, has been an important site for the Wurundjeri Aboriginal people for a long time before the arrival of Europeans in Melbourne. This is commemorated by the Koori Garden on the western edge of the park, near Dights Falls.

The Willsmere Kitchen garden was established in 2017 as a collaboration between a group of residents from the neighbouring Willsmere Estate and Parks Victoria and provides a unique and cherished place to share a vision of growing our own food, strengthening community bonds and sharing gardening knowledge. We take pride in its openness and welcome everyone in the community to enjoy our beautiful gardens, but ask that you respect the produce of individuals.

The garden’s first stage is designed to pay homage to the formal gardens of the neighbouring asylum and the site’s recent history as a kitchen garden that supplied food for the inmates and staff of the asylum.

It features a central talking circle surrounded by seats that are designed to encourage conversations and community. Above-ground beds were donated by Bunnings Hawthorn in November 2018 and smaller community herb beds around the inner circle were created with recycled local materials. In 2019 a variety of herbs were planted for all to enjoy, including a tea garden that can provide relief from sleeplessness, arthritis and rambunctious cats.

The inaugural committee have a vision and a grand plan for the future that involves a second set of above-ground beds mirroring the first, a heritage fruit orchard, a garlic farm, many more in-ground beds, grape vines, communal spaces with paving and chairs and tables as well as a series of workshops and community days designed to celebrate the space and share knowledge.


Join Our Community Garden

New members are welcome to join our busy and enthusiastic group.

As members, we are provided with raised-bed or in-ground plots for a $50 annual fee.
To help fund our garden’s construction, we also pay a one-off $50 per household joining fee.
There are a few minimum expectations, such as to keep our plots in neat, productive order and to volunteer time at our working bees.
The working bees help build and maintain our spectacular garden, sheds and communal spaces.
Our garden is under development, so we currently have a waiting list for plots. The beds are released for growers as they become available.

Willsmere, Wiltshire Drive, Kew VIC Australia 3101