With gardens often restricted to a small courtyard or balcony, how do you make the most of your unique area?

Penny, a local horticulturalist, will share her enthusiasm for garden design.  Learn how to assess your space and define how it can best be utilised, using tips and tricks to maximise your growing area, whilst creating a garden to suit your lifestyle.

Site assessment, function and purpose, design considerations, growing systems, maintenance and plant selection will be covered

Class Booking Conditions

Bookings are considered final once payment is made, no refunds will be given for nonattendances. However, if at least 7 days notice is given of inability to attend, a transfer to an available class of equivalent value may be organised, with a $10 administration fee applicable.

Class Cancellations

If there are insufficient numbers for a class it may be cancelled or postponed. In this case, you will be notified as soon as possible and given the option of a full refund or a transfer to a class of equivalent value.

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Class Schedule

Sunday 11 September 10.00am - 12.00pm

What you will learn
  • How to assess your garden space and define how it can best be utilised.
  • Tips and tricks to maximise your growing area.
  • How to create a garden to suit your lifestyle.
What you will get
  • An understanding of how to plan and design a small space garden.
  • An understanding of site assessment and plant selection.

What to bring
  • Your interest to learn!
  • Optional - photos of your garden space
What to wear


Appropriate for

Individuals and small groups keen to get together, learn something new and be creative.

Activities for everyone: health and wellbeing, leisure and learning, social activities and volunteer opportunities and children's programs.

The Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre Inc (the Centre) was founded in 1978 at the initiative of local residents and was registered as an Incorporated Association in 1996. The Centre is located at 157 Union Road and an adjoining property at 1 Bedford Avenue. All our facilities are leased from the City of Boroondara.

Surrey Hills Neighbourhood Centre was founded in 1978 as a friendly, inclusive and welcoming meeting place where people could come together to share experiences and skills.The Centre offers a wide range of programs and activities run by friendly and knowledgeable teachers, at affordable prices.

The Centre is a overseen by a Committee of Management, and receives funding support from the City of Boroondara, the Department of Planning and Community Development with the remainder of the Centre’s income generated by fees from programs and venue hire.

We have many active volunteers supporting the activities of the Centre and social activities to help you connect with your local community. Call 9890 2467 or email: to find out more.

The Surrey Hills Heritage Collection at the Centre, is open for viewing on Mondays.

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