By Australian Garden Council on October 12, 2020 in | comments

From the 11th to the 17th of October, the National Garden Week is taking place and celebrated by garden clubs, schools, retirement homes, and other organisations all over the country. Ever since its creation in 2017, the National Gardening Week offers up a great opportunity to celebrate the simple and peaceful joys of gardening and horticulture and to highlight the many environmental, social and health benefits that is associated with gardening as a practice. Whether it just be maintaining a few pots on a balcony, a suburban backyard or a large country expanse, the enjoyment, the improved mental and physical wellbeing and the satisfaction gardeners gain from ‘getting their hands dirty’ is universal. 

The National Gardening Week for 2020 is focussed primarily on children. During this time, schools and organisations are encouraged to get more involved in the gardening world, and to promote gardening based events targeted for children. This will be done with the aim in mind to inspire, guide and increase the numbers of the next generation of gardeners in Australia. 

National Gardening Week

NATIONAL GARDENING WEEK 11 - 17 OCTOBER 2020 In October 2017, a new and exciting addition to the Australian gardening calendar was launched and celebrated - Australia's inaugural National Gardening Week.


The Garden Clubs of Australia Inc. have come up with several activities that gardening clubs can do to celebrate the National Gardening Week. They include:

  • Visit your local garden club
    Look up your local club (The Garden Clubs of Australia can assist with locating) and go along to a meeting. Garden clubs are always looking for new members and offer everything from guest speakers, trading tables of interesting plants, floral displays, day outings and overnight trips – all with a cup of tea and yummy treats.
  • Create a sensory garden
    Create a sensory garden at home, at school, in a nursing home, your local park – anywhere that will enhance the beauty of the place and excite the senses. When planning a sensory garden, it is important to combine plants and elements that appeal to all five senses – sight, sound, smell, taste and touch.
  • Plant a tree
    Plant a tree in your garden, local park, school yard or bush regeneration project – the benefits are amazing! Not only from the pleasure of watching a tree grow and mature, admiring its natural beauty but the fact that it purifies the air by absorbing C02 and other harmful pollutants and releases life giving oxygen. Trees give shade, cool our environment, provide shelter for our wildlife, prevent soil erosion and some give us delicious fruit such as apples and oranges.
  • Build a bee hotel
    Most native bees are solitary and make their nests in a variety of places such as soils, hollows in trees, decaying wood, hollow stems – building a bee hotel is the perfect way to encourage them into your garden, your school yard, etc.
  • Build a compost heap
    Recycle all your vegetable and fruit scraps and create a wonderful soil conditioner and plant food.
  • Plant up a veggie patch
    If your garden or school doesn’t already have a vegetable patch, why not create one!
  • Flower gardens
    Whether in a pot or beds in the garden, the fragrance and colour display that flowers bring to a space is magical.