Garden Instinct

Stories (by Connie Berg, Penny Cowell, Malcolm Walker) and photographic documentation (by Sam Oster) of 8 Tea Tree Gully based gardeners whose lives have been enriched by their gardening pursuits. Their commitment and passion for their respective gardens, whether ornamental, business or produced based is celebrated through this community based project.

Over the last 12 months, we have been working with these gardeners; interviewing and photographing them, and then sharing aspects of their gardening lives with
audiences to consider and enjoy.

Four of our eight gardeners participating in this project include: Monica’s Organics (A small family owned business operated by Monika Fiebig and her son Daniel who take pride in producing certified organic vegetables that are nutritious and chemical free); Megha Sharma (Megha migrated from Delhi, India 8 years ago to meet her husband Subodh in Australia). Megha creates the most delicious chutney from the mint that she grows in her suburban garden.); Pioneer Court Community Garden (Run and shared by residents in the Highbury community. It is filled with an abundance of fruit trees, vegetable and other flora.); Ruth de Mazzeo (Over several years Ruth transformed the desolate back of her small housing commission home into a colourful rose and floral sanctuary. Ruth is forever photo documenting her blooms and sharing them with her friends.) and Our Lady of Hope Catholic Primary School (Features a gardening program for the students who prepare food using the veggies and herbs grown and harvested by them at school).

Garden Instinct public outcomes were exhibited during the 2017 SALA Festival and will also be presented at various locations within the City of Tea Tree Gully.

Garden Instinct images (L-R) Ruth de Mazzeo, Pioneer Court Community

Garden Instinct images (L-R) Monika Fieberg (Monica’s Organices), Megha Sharma

Garden Instinct images (L-R) John Hall (Newman’s Nursery), Our Lady of Hope Catholic Primary School

Garden Instinct images (L-R) Dean Roberts, David and Val Baker


Our Arts and Culture team have been working with a number of artists to develop a range of temporary and not so temporary outdoor artworks for Modbury. Look out for woven fences, urban jewellery, turf drawings and a number of murals. Over the next few weeks, we’ll publish project updates.

Here’s a few examples

Urban jewellery by Jessamy Pollock and Tea Tree Gully Youth.

Outside the  Library, City of Tea Tree Gully Civic Centre, 571 Montague Road Modbury.

Jessamy is a contemporary jewellery and object designer/maker with a broad practice that includes community art and small public art projects. For this skills development and public art project she taught local youth to create and install a range of jewellery pieces for the outdoor environment.

Here’s some images from the workshops at Gallery 1855 Studio







Here’s the install and the artwork