IT HAS only been about a year since the Nhill Community Garden opened, but its steering committee is ready for the garden to grow.
Secretary Sallie Millington said the group hoped to expand the space to include a therapeutic garden, a herb garden and a chook pen.
A greenhouse, children’s playground, barbecue area and orchard are also on the wish-list.
Plans for an even grander garden have been drafted, but Miss Millington said they were still in the early stages.
“I’m confident as time goes on that we’ll get the funding to make it happen,” she said.
Miss Millington said the garden was at an exciting stage of life.
“It was really only this year that we got to the point of inviting community groups to jump on board,” she said.
“We started constructing the garden beds late last year.”
There are about two acres of space for people to use beside West Wimmera Health Service’s Cooinda Disability Services.
Nhill’s Karen community, Cooinda Disability Services and several schools are among the community groups flexing their green thumbs.
“It’s all coming together now,” Miss Millington said.
At least nine groups and even more inspired community members have come together to make the garden possible.
The project is auspiced by West Wimmera Health Service.
“I really want to acknowledge the Nhill community and how wonderful it is that they have pulled together and made this happen,” Miss Millington said.
Steering committee member Tracey Preston said she found such peace in gardening that she felt compelled to share it.
“I thought I can go and do something for the community that I passionately believe is important for bringing people together and educating children,” she said.