A Place of Learning: For Natural Learning

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What's on this Month? 

  Ask about A Place of Learning Vouchers for gifts of growing or gifts of language. email: mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

The Veggie Garden Project

Nourishing Community

The Veggie Garden Project is a brand new project in the design and development stage.

http://www.veggiegardenproject.org.nzOur brand new web site is up and running www.veggiegardenproject.org.nz

The Veggie Garden Project is a response to the call for rediscovering the joy of simple fresh food through learning and discovery of the natural world. The Veggie Garden Project will establish school and community gardens as well as have a workshop programme and an apprenticeship programme.  If you are keen to learning the skills of a Community Garden Coordinator or run workshops contact mary@veggiegardenproject.org.nz

Grow Your Own Free Lunch

Learn beginner gardening and harvesting skills.  We also create our own delicious shared lunch.

The next  course is on October 24, 31. November 7,14, 21  This course is fully funded and starts 9.30 am to 1.45 pm. Delta Community House. Email:mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

Community Gardens

Community Gardens are a great way to learn garden skills and have fun.

Mary is at: 

Delta Community Garden Fridays 10.30 - 5.00 pm.


Orchards in Schools

This year we are planting orchards at Haeata School, Isleworth School, FendaltonSchool, Elmwood School and Wairakei School with additional plantings at Gilberthorpe and Addington.

Rawhiti School GardenersLast years schools have successfully nurtured their trees whcih have grown really well. Most schools have used the orchard as an opportunity to create vegetable gardens aroudn the trees.

English Language.

Currently there are students from France, China and Venezuela learning English language at A Plae of Learning.

 I have some places available. Email:mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

Growing in one square meter.

Learning English Language

Ying and HuiCurrently  one student is learning English at university level. Some students are beginners. Others are working on their conversational English.

The first student, who has been supported by A Place of Learning, graduated from Canterbury University with a B. A. on 15 December 2015.

Whether English is your first or second language  email mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz to find out  about learning English and having a language programme designed just for you. In your programme you will learn grammar, speaking, reading, and writing. You will discover that learning English is fun and they you learn easily. 

Planting GarlicGrow Your Own Free Lunch

 Grow Your Own Free Lunch is on at  Delta Community House The next Grow YOur Own Free Lunch will begin in February.

On this course you will learn to grow and harvest vegetables. On this winter course we will learn how to plant garlic and use our winter time to enhance soil fertility.  We will also learn to make bread . Filling your house the fresh aroma of homemade bread is a great way to chase away any winter blues.  

Testamonial: "Mary has a great teaching style and makes it fun and is very encouraging."

Transplanting seedlingsContact mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz if you wish to come or if your organisation wishes to set up your own Grow Your Own Free Lunch.

Vegetable Garden Planning at Your Place

Give someone a Vegetable Garden Planning Voucher 

Create your own garden plan during this is a one on one, hour and a half planning session in your backyard.  

Your plan will connect your garden area with your needs. You will learn basic techniques of vegetable gardening to get you started and help you to be creative in finding free and cheap organic resources.

Before the end of the session you will be set to go with your Garden Action Plan, and a mind buzzing full of ideas.

To find out how to start growing organic vegetables phone or email : mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

The hour and a half Vegetable Garden Planning at Your Place course is only $120.00. ( Price applies to Christchurch City) .Further consultation is $30 per hour. Mileage outside Christchurch City 70c per km.


  • "I felt inspired to plan my future self sustainable garden." K.G.
  • "We both thoroughly enjoyed the session and feel very enthused " A.F.

‚ÄčSchool Vegetable Gardening

Filling watering cans at Aranui SchoolMary has taught school vegetable gardening for six years. She has taught at Richmond School, Shirley Primary, Shirley Boys High School and Aranui Primary School.

Contact mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz if your school would like help with your vegetable gardens.

Community Gardening

Harvest from Delta Community GardenCommunity Gardening is a great way to learn to grow vegetables, meet new people and have fun.

Mary coordinates Delta Community Garden on Fridays 10.30 - 2.00. at 105 North Avon Rd Richmond. This garden is a marvellous example of how food can be luxuriantly grown in what was once a concrete wasteland. On Fridays from 2.00 - 4.30 Mary and a great group of volunteers are at Churchill Park Community Garden in Guild St Richmond. This is a very lovely and peaceful place that attracts many visitors of all ages from the local community.

St Albans' resident picking pears at Packe St Park and Community GardenMary is also coordinating the Packe St Park and Community Garden at Packe St St Albans. This well established garden has many fruit trees and we are developing the vegetable gardens. Mary is at Packe St Thursdays 2 - 5 pm and Saturdays 10.30 - 12.30.

Orchards in Schools Programme

Wharenui School Planting DayThis wonderful programme has been initiated by the Canterbury Horticulture Society chsgardens.co.nz. Last year orchards were planted in five schools.  Mary is developing the programme for 2016. Winter 2016 we will be planting apples, pears and plums. Contact mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz if your school would like to be part of Orchards in Schools. 



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