It received blanket coverage in the media on the weekend…. but in case you missed it, the Wayside Chapel’s $8 million redevelopment is complete.
For the first time the local Potts Point/Kings Cross community got a sneak peak at the new buildings, services – and roof top veggie garden.
The weather couldn’t have been more perfect. Everything and everyone was bathed in sunshine and the garden looked amazing. All the hard work from our visitors, volunteer gardeners and support from Eden Gardens and Community Greening paid off.
I conducted a few garden tours (that’s me in the black dress) explaining what was growing in the garden pots and how the roof’s innovative drainage system works.
Then it was time for our local Aboriginal elder to declare the garden officially launched…
And for Wayside benefactor Wotif founder Graeme Wood to plant a lemon myrtle tree in the indigenous garden corner.
Our gardening team gathered at 9am to plant up edible hanging baskets which will sit on the western fence of the roof garden.
Generously donated by Eden Gardens and Community Greening we planted up a collection of lettuces, herbs, and edible flowers into rectangular planting boxes.
Two hours later our roof top veggie garden looked pretty swish.
You can come along and take a look for yourself when our opening day street party on Hughes St Potts Point kicks off next Saturday May 19th at 10am.
See you there!
And to be able to do it in the middle of a skyscraper metropolis on a roof with the morning sun warming your face seems so surreal.
But that’s what we did today. My garden blitz team of Alan, Aymeric, Paula and Neroli, in just one hour, were able to pull out the old summer veggies , top the pots with fertiliser and mulch and a good soaking of worm juice from the newly installed worm farm.
The plants loved it. And so did we.
Much has already been put into place – 20 large tubs – donated by greening communities – have been planted with more that 30 vegetables, herbs and flowers. There’s a drip irrigation system, rainwater tanks, and solar panels.
By the time the new Wayside redevelopment is unveiled with a huge street party on May 19th, I’ll be helping transform this urban roof into a lush productive garden . Watch this space – ill keep you updated with pics!