Well, we need more Bromeliads like a hole in the head but thankfully we left without any new plants although there were some stunning plants there which we don't have....
...like this variety which grows an edible pineapple! Apparently pineapples are part of the Bromeliad family. Who would have thought? This plant won a Champion's prize by the way.
Some of the leaves on the plants were fascinating like this stripey one which drew a lot of attention.
Once home again I was looking through the newspaper and checking out the Carnival of Flowers garden competition private gardens, when I came across a notice that a local school, Rockville State School, had an open day to view their gardens so we walked up there to take a look.
We were greeted by some of the teachers as they offered to take us on a tour and we were so surprised to find kitchen gardens had been built behind the classrooms and that the children were being taught how to grow their own food as the school was part of Stephanie Alexander's Kitchen Garden Program.
Stephanie Alexander is a cook, restaurateur and author who encourages the use of fresh produce from the garden. To be honest, I wasn't even aware of the program she had started but was absolutely thrilled to learn about it. What a wonderful idea to teach children how to grow their own food.
The school is not situated in one of the more affluent suburbs so it is even more wonderful that the children are being given the opportunity to learn this skill. As they had also been given a grant they were able to purchase a gas Pizza Oven and visitors to the gardens were invited to pick veggies from the pizza garden and cook their own pizza.
I was going to write more but seeing as I just clicked on 'Publish' instead of 'Save' I only have time to edit my published post before going to watch Jamie Oliver's Sugar Rush documentary which is on in a few minutes. The joys of blogging eh? LOL!
Does anyone have children involved in the Stephanie Alexander program? I would love to know. Isn't it a wonderful and inspired idea?