Helpers wanted to create garden

Roll up your sleeves: Plans for the democratic garden were cemented at Grantham Community Garden last week. Pictured with Rosie Dennis are garden supervisor Kevin Denham (in grey) and Tom Tomic. Picture:Geoff Jones

Roll up your sleeves: Plans for the democratic garden were cemented at Grantham Community Garden last week. Pictured with Rosie Dennis are garden supervisor Kevin Denham (in grey) and Tom Tomic. Picture:Geoff Jones

FRIENDSHIPS will grow as well as the plants when work on a 3.6-metre by nine-metre vertical garden starts this week.

Urban Theatre Project will create a democratic garden to reflect the city's diverse population in partnership with Blacktown Arts Centre.

The community's help is needed to make the large scale garden installation happen.

A series of weekly workshops start this Wednesday (August 13) to educate locals about edible plants, native food and vertical garden design.

Participants will research and collect edible and medicinal plants relevant to different cultures. Initial ideas include curry leaf trees to represent the Indian community and bush tucker for the indigenous community.

A planting weekend will be held in September and moved to Blacktown Arts Centre carpark when completed.

The project will end in a harvest day, where the community can harvest produce.

Artistic director Rosie Dennis visited Grantham Community Gardens last week to get inspiration and will visit other community gardens in the coming weeks, including Bidwill.

"It's a collaborative art project that people will plan and plant," she said.

"It will be a living green wall that represents who lives in Blacktown."

The workshops are open to all ages.

"You don't have to be a green thumb," Ms Dennis said.

"Whoever wants to be part of it can be. My hope is to bring as many groups as we can together to create one big group," she said.

A second project hasn't been ruled-out.

"We'll see how the first one goes," Ms Dennis said.

Details: Tian, 9707 2111 or tian@urbantheatre.com.au.

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