George Street Orchard is in the tenth year of becoming a resilient, diverse and delicious garden. Our aim is to grow many of the foods we like to eat in a way which captures atmospheric carbon, builds soil, increases biodiversity and blurs the distinction between ornamental and utilitarian. To these ends, we emphasise perennial and self-seeding annual plants and mimic and encourage natural patterns.
The garden is structured to accommodate approximately thirty species of fruiting trees, shrubs and vines – some well known and proven in this region, others experimental, but all selected for being viable in, if not perfectly suited to our unique climate. Vegetables, herbs, medicinal plants, chickens and mushrooms are coordinated and shuffled within.
We host tours and workshops to discuss and demonstrate the design and techniques we have found to be successful, hopefully inspiring action for flourishing edible environments in the city and beyond.