When you come to visit us, take some time to explore the local precinct and experience the unique St Kilda culture that attracts a steady flow of visitors from across the globe. Don't forget to allocate time to discovering the iconic St Kilda Botanical Gardens in which we are situated and click here for travel information.
EcoHouse and garden tours are available for the individuals, schools, universities and community groups by arrangement. Please contact us to book your tour.
- promotes sustainable living practices
- is a beautiful and nourishing environment
- generates its own energy and operates with energy efficiency
- is built from non-toxic, recycled and locally-sourced materials
- collects, treats and re-uses grey and black water on-site using a sewerage worm farm
- utilises solar panels and solar hot water
- showcases different types of window, floor, door and ceiling insulation
- demonstrates roof cavity convection
- utilises compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL) and (light-emitting diode) LED lighting
- showcases a flourishing an organic vegetable garden on-site
- utilises recycled timber and compressed straw walls
- demonstrates green curtains, efficient shadings and awnings to sheild windows
- utilises underground water tanks
- produces organic compost and worm fertilisers
The EcoCentre garden is a shared community plot, utlised by many local garden and urban agriculture lovers. It also acts as an important educational and learning space for young and old, demonstrating a seasonal array of sustainable gardening techniques and the opportunity to learn hands-on skills. Our vision is to become one of Australia's leading community gardens and we are currently focussing on growing heirloom varieties of plants.
Shared community gardens benefit the local community by:
- being providing an inclusive social activity through volunteering and workshops
- strengthening food security and increasing self-sufficiency through sharing knowledge, skills and the ability for self-provision of food
- providing a dynamic outdoor classroom for learning urban agriculture and organic gardening techniques, including: veggie patch, medicinal plants, fruit trees, green curtains, grey and black water, compost, worms, irrigation and indigeous plants
- coming together to harvest, eat and celebrate fresh, nutritious and glorious food, including Aboriginal bush foods