2009 more stuff

As the garden has physically grown, more students seem to be interested in whats going on. To see a productive garden is a far more inviting sight than a bare patch of land. Its often difficult to see the vision at the beginning and sometimes it just simply has to be started to get things rolling. We never really know where we’re going to end up, its the journey that takes us there which is often the most interesting part.Quite  a few associated activities have developed with the garden as the focal point. We have made countless trips to the horse stables at Ascot, a nearby suburb where horses are kept close to the race track. Manures are bagged and left out on the street verge for collection by anyone who wants it for free….…..and the horses never seem to mind a friendly pat,as long as there’s a big handful of grass in return….we often refer to the team that visit the stables as the “Poo Crew”….As the stables are close to the Swan river, we generally make a short stop down by the river to wash hands and take a few pics.We try and be as resourceful as we can. Its surprising how many things you’ll find that can connect to the Garden if its high in your mind.The Worlds Greatest Shave is an annual Fund raising event which  raises tens of thousands of dollars annually. The University Hairdressers do the business and the Garden uses the resulting bag of hair in its compost bins. Last year the hair decomposed in the bins in about 2 months. In 2010 the event raised $35,000 from Curtin Student contributions aloneCurtin Volunteers have also workshopped  in the Garden with the building of garden beds and general work around the space keeping it tidy and maintained.

Setting up the Date palms with shade surrounds.

The garden attracts students from many nations. Several from Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Oman & Afghanistan have volunteered their time and visited the garden. It seemed only fitting then that as a shipment of Fruiting Date Palms was scheduled for delivery from South Australia, that we place an order. Fruiting Date Palms require special import licenses and checks to enter WA and they are only imported every 3 – 4 years. Our Palms arrived and it was with great excitement that we planted them in the Spring of 2009 for a long term investment to the future students of the University.

The garden is a great resource on so many levels. In the future we hope to invite the University Child Care children into the garden for visits and in Easter – Egg Hunts of coarse. Students have often asked is they can plant trees as a gift to the garden as a memory of their time at Curtin after they have gone home.

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