Garden history and philosophy
In December 2012 the Margaret River Outdoor Library Garden was established and since then it has bloomed into a beautiful space in which to enjoy the fresh air while reading, chatting or working online.
This is a ’permaculture’ style garden being grown according to organic principles, offering a full range of sensory experience for the whole community to delight in – edible, fragrant, textural, visually harmonious, seasonal, diverse.
The library grows lettuce, blueberry bushes, strawberries, quince tree, dwarf and semi-dwarf lime trees, dwarf avocado tree, globe artichokes plus edible flowers of borage, calendula and heartsease … add them to a salad for or use as edible decoration!
We have also tea herbs including mint, lemongrass, chamomile, lemon verbena and culinary herbs including rosemary, basil, sage, thyme, chives.
We have incorporated classic companion plants such as marigolds and alyssum for natural pest control, plus Australian natives such as Correa species to attract birds who help to keep pests down and increase diversity in the garden.
The Water Wall
A water feature commissioned by Ian Dowling was created by using community workshops to ensure a sense of ownership and meaning with the theme, tree of knowledge.
The tiled water-wall cools, humidifies and forms a major focal point in this north-facing courtyard. It contributes to the peaceful ambience of the garden and invites the discovery of quotes.