Snake Bean Garden

Community Food Gardens - A place where plants, people and community thrive

Snake Bean Community Food Garden
The Snake Bean Community Food Garden in the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens

The Snake Bean Garden, a Community Food Garden, was established in 2009 to give local residents the opportunity to connect with their community by growing healthy, fresh food in a sustainable way.

The Snake Bean Garden is located at the Geranium St entrance and open from 7am – 7pm daily. The Garden has 29 community plots and 2 education plots for schools.  It includes chickens, a water tank, and a landscaped creek line for storm water management. Here you’ll find an enormous variety of tropical fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices including Sugar Cane, Coffee, Cardamom, Ginger, Gotu Kola, Sweet leaf, Aloe Vera, Lemon Grass, Eggplants, Tomatoes, Pumpkins, Bananas, Pawpaws, and a wide variety of Chilies. Staff from the George Brown Darwin Botanic Garden provide assistance, advice, tools and plants to the Community Food Garden Group where possible.

The Snake Bean Garden has no available plots at this time. If you are interested in registering your interest, please contact the Visitor Services Officer (08) 8999 4418, or visit the Orientation Centre via the Geranium Street entrance.

The Snake Bean Gardeners meet on the third Sunday of each month at 4.00pm. Any interested community members are welcome to attend. Meet under the Eco House, which is on the left hand side of the path surrounded by the food garden.

Eco House

The Eco House is located at the Geranium St entrance opposite Holtze House. The House and surrounding area is being developed to demonstrate sustainable and energy efficient living and gardening practices. The elevated house represents a style of architecture which was common in Darwin prior to Cyclone Tracy when homes were designed with louvered windows and ceiling fans to utilise natural ventilation. The recent installation of ‘whirlybird’ roof vents and an exterior roof coating which reflects the sun’s rays will insulate the house and further enhance natural airflow.

The house also features a rainwater tank donated by Bunnings Warehouse.

The philosophy of the Eco House is one of organic and sustainable living and gardening; hence, no chemical sprays or poisons are used, green waste is composted and recycled back into the garden, and an automatic irrigation system is installed featuring water efficient, low volume drip line below the mulch which reduces evaporation and delivers water directly to the plants’ root zone.

The Railway Garden

A new Community Food Garden, The Railway Garden, will be constructed following the great success of the existing Snake Bean Garden.

The identified site for the Railway Garden, Lot 5654 (the railway corridor), is on the corner of Geranium and Ramirez Streets. This lot is currently vacant, underutilised and will benefit the community by providing a space where local residents can socialise, engage with nature and grow healthy fruit and vegetables.

The Railway Garden will include:

  • 40 raised community food plots
  • a multipurpose shed;
  • irrigation system with a 10,000 litre water tank;
  • a 6x6m chicken pen;
  • fruit trees;
  • gravel car park; and
  • chain mesh perimeter fencing with a double gate facing Geranium Street.

Construction of the Railway Garden will commence in early August 2012 with completion expected towards the end of the Dry Season 2012.

A register of interest will be compiled for the community plots and plots will be allocated on a listing basis. If you would like to be involved and register your interest, please call the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens on 8999 4418 or email botgardens.darwin@nt.gov.au

Artist Impression of the Railway Garden

Artist impression of the new Railway Garden