Open Gardens Douglas Shire 2021



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9am to 12 noon   Mossman Community Centre, Els' Enchanted Garden, Curlew's Corner Garden - all in Mossman township
12 noon to 3 pm  Kubirriwarra Yalanji Clan Estate, Cooya Beach; Alyson's Tropical Plot, Port Douglas: Spirit of Limpet, Port Douglas


9am to 12 noon Oaks Kitchen and Garden, Oak Beach; Anich Place, Cassowary; Longatude Latatude, Wonga Beach
12 noon to 3 pm Ford's Orchid Park, Wonga Beach; Paul's Patch, Cooya Beach; Tuhinga O Mua - Place of Nectar, Cooya Beach


The 2021 Program OPEN GARDENS leaflet is ready for download!


Please check our Facebook page prior attending the events for any changes that may occur, last minute.

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Saturday, 14th August | 9 am to 12 noon
20 Mill Street, Mossman

Pallet gardens, raised garden beds, a bathtub wicking bed grow mainly herbs and vegetables to fuel the Kitchen for the Community lunch program. People of all walks of life from a variety of ethnic and language backgrounds work together and learn from each other. Become part of the experience by visiting this outstanding project.
+ Toilets available

Please use street parking area outside of the Mossman Community Centre.




Saturday, 14th August | 9 am to noon 
102 Alchera Drive, Mossman

With love and passion Els’grows an abundance of food. In every corner of her backyard you will find an edible addition to the beautifully landscaped small pockets of interest. A delight if you want to find out how to best make us of vertical space with a variety of trellises and arcs on display.
“For me the garden is basically a creative work inprogress. It is a space to wonder, work, observe other lifeforms and grow some food for our own nourishment. It is also a space to be comfortable, quiet and just be. It give my body and brain a workout and rejuvenates my spirit through this sense of connection to life.” Els



Saturday, 14th August | 9 am to 12 noon
78 Foxton Ave, Mossman – Tropical North Steiner School  (behind C&K Kindy) 

The Tropical North Steiner School showcases a work in progress child friendly sensory outdoor play area. The future school and garden is a project in the birthing phase. Steiner education follows an internationally recognized curriculum focusing on the balance of academic, creative and emotional development. Therefore gardening (using biodynamic principles) and outdoor time is an important part of the curiculum. So it aims to develop the ‘whole’ child with a head, heart and hands on approach to learning.

Visitors, community, green thumbs and garden enthusiasts are invited to brainstorm and co-create the set up for the future kitchen garden, outdoor play and green space in general.

+ Plants and more  for sale
+ Toilets available



Saturday, 14th August, 12 noon to 3 pm
End of Bougainvillea Street, Cooya Beach – opposite the northern boat ramp – The Spit

Over the last year Bennet’s Food and Medicine Garden steadily grew. As an elder, he would like his knowledge to be shared for the benefit of future generations. He will be there to talk about the new plantings and give short explanations as to why a tree or plant made it into his collection. An opportunity to learn about Aboriginal food plants.

+ Public toilets available




Saturday, 14th August | 12 noon to 3 pm
12 Corella Street, Port Douglas

Alyson’s garden came into existence because gardening in the tropics is very different to where she comes from and it was also new to her. Keen to learn how to grow food in the tropics, she focuses on growing food crops predominantly but also native flowers, plants and trees to attract the pollinators sadly missing. Alyson is passionate about her garden and likes to share her experience.

+ Plants for sale



Saturday, 14th August | 12 noon to 3 pm
26 Limpet Ave, Port Douglas

A garden with a story. Serena is happy to have found this space to heal and focus on the beauty of nature when she went through a tough life stretch. She experiments with all things recycled, tries out and keeps what works. An uplifting experience for everyone needing inspiration on where to grow a little bit of food for the  everyday smoothie, and still having a space full of colour to relax in.

+ Plants for sale




Sunday, 15th August | 9 am to noon
11-13 Nancy Close, Oak Beach 

Set in four acres of lush natural surroundings, Ben and Rachel work in a constantly evolving garden with mango and kaffir lime trees and a vast array of Southeast Asian herbs and vegetables which they use in their cooking. Chooks are free-ranging in this wild organic setting. A place to feel the good vibe of a healthy lifestyle!

+ Park at end of the cul-de-sac and walk up the driveway


+ Toilets available



Sunday, 15th August | 9am to 12 noon
end of Warner Rd,  Cassowary, last 700m is unsealed road

Nestled amongst cane fields lies this beautiful family property with a history. You will be lead though colorful front gardens and a diverse traditional vegetable garden. All around you there are a large number of older rare fruit trees with stories attached. The owners, Lynn and Joe, farmer/gardener of a lifetime will give you a tour around the place where your questions get answered. A treat for fruit lovers!

+ follow the signs




Sunday, 15th August, 9 am to 12 noon
96-98 South Arm Drive, Wonga Beach

Ever wanted to know if you can grow olives or grapes in the region? Here you get the answers. No  matter if you are interested in water or land plants, fruit or ornamentals, commen or unsual ones, meet Kevin. His expertise will leave you astounded.  A treat in all possible ways!

+ Toilets available

+ Plants for sale



Sunday, 15th August, 12 noon to 3 pm
2 Oleander Drive,Wonga Beach

Lately I heard Trevor being called ‘a walking encyclopedia’. When talking plants not much he does not know the answer to. He is a passionate gardener and focuses on orchids, ferns and lately water lilies, but many more treasures can be found at Ford’s Orchid Park. In between he grows watermelon, tomatoes and has a few fruit trees that provide ample food for their needs. A great garden!

+ Parking alongside the road or at the fuel station, cross the road carefully

+ Plants for sale



Sunday, 15th August | 12 noon to 3 pm
5 Albatross Close,  Cooya Beach

‘Survival of the fittest’ is probably the motto in this pesticide free garden.
In fact any low maintenance plant that takes care of itself is at a distinct advantage. The planting focus centres around providing for healthy bees and attracting beneficial insects. Herbs, nut and fruit trees do well as do orchids.
Ian is a passionate beekeeper. He constructed, maintains and raides the hives.

Please do not approach the hives by yourself. A knowlegable person will be in attendance to answer your question.



Sunday, 15th August | 12 noon to 3 pm
48 Cooya Beach Road,  Cooya Beach

This garden is an effort to experiment with many ideas in self sufficiency. Most sectors of the space are producing food or medicine but are interspersed with interesting functional elements like carnivorous and mosquito inhibiting plants and early attempts at companion planting. There is a wide range of approaches to gardening in play, from various fruit trees, raised perennial beds, a semi vertical tiered garden, potted vegetables, ground based beds, an edible water plant pond and cutting and propagation experiments. The main food areas are flexibly irrigated with a system that can save water by switching between sprayers or drippers as needed. It’s all a work in progress, a nice place to spend time learning about our relationship to the landscape that sustains us.




All proceeds are going to fund this and future OPEN GARDEN EVENTS.

Covid 19 - Act Responsibly


We ask visitors to observe the following courtesies:

Open Days: Gardens are only open on the dates and times specified.

Privacy of the Garden Opener: Remember that you are visiting private property so please do not enter the house.

Etiquette in the garden: Please do not remove any part of any plant from the garden. Ensure you take away with you anything you brought into the garden and please do not litter. Have your own drink bottle, water is available at various gardens.

Toilets: See venue description for indication if toilets are available.

Children: Welcome! Please ensure children are well supervised so their behaviour does not distract from the quality of the experience of other visitors.

Dogs: Sorry, no dogs (except Guide Dogs) are permitted in the gardens.

Car Parking: Please park your car so that others including neighbours can enter and leave the parking area without inconvenience and please don’t park where your car will damage the garden or its surroundings.

Photography: Please check that the owner is happy for you to photograph the garden before doing so. Photographs taken in the garden cannot be used for commercial purposes without prior permission of the garden owner and the organisers.

Plant sale: At certain venues plants are available for sale. Proceeds go to the owner of the property.

made possible thanks to the collaboration of the community and