Ian’s 2 children attended St Joseph’s Black Rock between 2001 and 2010. Ian began maintaining the school gardens on a voluntary basis, and established a small vegetable garden with another father in 2007. The vegetable garden is now 5 times bigger, there are espaliered apple trees, 2 chooks, indigenous gardens, a frog pond and a scented garden.
In conjunction with our teachers, Ian has developed educational programmes for botany, gardening, cooking, farming & the environment, and indigenous plants and people.
Ian has also planted 20 trees around the school which now form a small urban forest (See attached photograph). When federal government grants were available for school improvements he drew comprehensive landscape plans for ‘contemplative’ courtyards, a frog pond and habitat, extended vegetable gardens and an irrigation system, and a recreational area around the school tennis courts.
I have found Ian to be an extremely knowledgeable and hardworking gardener/educator/designer and have no hesitation in recommending him if you are contemplating establishing a vegetable garden, orchard, indigenous garden, scented herb garden, chook yard or frog pond at your school.
Principal, St Joseph’s Primary School, Black Rock