Autumn Nourish Talks

Pepo Botanic Design Autumn Vine 2016 - Nourish Talks
Pepo Botanic Design Autumn Vine 2016 - Nourish Talks
Nourish Talks is always a fun night out. It supports individuals and businesses that believe in doing good! The latest topic of discussion was ‘The Ground Beneath’ and as soil is our planet’s great unsung hero, it was a terrific topic. Costa Georgiadis was host and I was lucky enough to be asked to join environmental scientist and educator Aunty Fran Bodkin, a descendant of the D’harawal people of the Bidiagal clan, to talk about all things soil. With some crazy songs by Darren Percival mixed in with drinks from Young Henrys and Trolly’d and beautiful Thai food by Ty Bellingham it was a fun and inspiring night. The next Nourish event is in Spring so don’t miss out!

St Canice Kitchen Rooftop Garden wins Gold!

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Photograph by Zooty Photography

On Friday the 23rd of October, we were pleased to be presented with the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM) Best in Category Award and Gold Award in the Pro Bono category. The St Canice Kitchen Rooftop Garden has literally grown into the community and it is a pleasure to see it flourish. We look forward to seeing what happens in the garden in 2016.

Winter Nourish Talks

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Photography by Lise Buckeridge


On July 23, St Canice’s Kitchen Garden in Kings Cross held the Winter Nourish Talks.
According to the event organiser, Tilly Hinton, “We’ll eat incredible food from the culinary team at Seed2Soul, be immersed in the styling of interior design mavens Davenport-Campbell and enjoy the many contributions from all of our generous sponsors.”… And we did!

The theme, Growing something, reminded audiences of the regenerative powers of gardening. Michael Mobbs, whose Sustainable House is such a Sydney icon that it is a Powerhouse Museum exhibit, said “Gardening gives me hope, as do the various initiatives at St Canice’s Kitchen Garden: horticultural therapy, gardening workshops, an organic soup kitchen, and working with refugees.”

Costa, the beloved host of ABC Television’s Gardening Australia, was delighted to be enlisted to the Nourish program. “I’ve been a keen supporter of the garden since it started in 2014. Not even a year old and everything is flourishing: plants, people and projects,” he said. The Nourish culinary team are collaboratively harvesting produce from Sydney community gardens to cook up a storm.

Menu highlights included Beetroot tart with roasted fennel & chard salad, Coconut black sticky rice with banana & green papaya salsa, and Pumpkin frangipane with pepita praline and Messina icecream. Award-winning songstress Ange Takats has returned to Sydney from a songwriting sabbatical in Nepal, which was cut short due to the devastating earthquakes. Nourish was her first show on Australian soil since January.

Nourish Talks

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Clarance Slockee

This week don’t miss out on tickets to the first of the ‘Nourish Talks’. Come and hear insights into indigenous knowledge from educator and media personality Clarance Slockee from the Royal Botanic Gardens and Domain Trust in the unique setting of the St Canice Roof Top Garden. The garden will be lit up beautifully, styled by Belle Flaneur and serving food by Seed2Seed, beer by Young Henrys and wine by Handpicked Wines. The garden really is the place to be this Thursday night, April 16.

The City Farm plans can now be viewed and commented on, so don’t miss your chance. Feedback is welcome and so are suggestions to name the farm.

City Farm

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City Farm

City Farm
After 7 years of spruiking the benefits of a City Farm in Sydney, a design is being drawn up and will be ready for the community to review by April this year.

Unfortunately because of our involvement on the Advisory Committee, Pepo Botanic Design was not able draw up the design but we are thrilled they have engaged Jane Irwin Landscape Architecture (JILA)! Jane grew up on a farm and her father is an agronomist which gives her a clear understanding of the farm aspect of the City Farm. Keep an eye on our Facebook Page so you are able to review the design and make comment. These photos are of the Summer Garden that was set up in 2013 to promote the space. We look forward to showing you photos of the REAL garden later in the year.

St Canice’s Kitchen Rooftop Garden

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St Canice's Kitchen Rooftop Garden Over the past few months Pepo has been involved in designing and planting St Canice’s Kitchen Rooftop Garden in Rushcutters Park.

Rob Caslick, the driving force behind the refugee garden, has brought together numerous companies and organisations to help fund the project which was finally constructed in mid October. The turnout of volunteers to help us plant was overwhelming and everyone’s enthusiasm really highlighted the importance of community projects like this one.

Hidden Festival of Outdoor Design


We were fortunate enough to be involved in Hidden Festival of Outdoor Design.

This inaugural event, organised by Open Gardens Australia and the Australian Institute of Landscape Designers and Managers (AILDM), allowed exclusive access to a range of beautifully designed gardens across Sydney. The tickets were sold out a week before and the profits made by the event were put towards raising money for  a charity which aims to change the lives of children in remote northwestern NSW. Moorambilla Voices and MAXed Out, work with kids in towns and remote communities, using the magic of music to help children develop their talent, determination and ability to work in teams and with a large group.

The Festival was a great success despite the grim weather on Sunday! Pepo’s  Paddington  garden  saw many garden enthusiasts come through the gate to explore the unique courtyard that flourished in sunshine and rain. Our team also got a chance to view numerous other gardens that took part in Hidden. It was a great opportunity to appreciate the work of fellow designers in the industry.

Kings Cross Rooftop garden for refugees and asylum seekers


You may have seen in our recent Season’s Greeting post that this year we are working on a rooftop garden in Kings Cross for refugees and asylum seekers.

The aim is to provide the opportunity to contribute to something meaningful whilst their applications are being processed. We have recently presented our concept design for the rooftop garden which aims to provide flexible spaces for Australian native food production, small events and conversations. This has been designed around the theme of ‘Woven’ with the hopes of weaving different cultural backgrounds into the Australian social fabric. Stay tuned to follow the progress of the rooftop garden.

2013 Heart Kids Spring Garden Tour


Pepo is delighted to have our client’s garden in this year’s Spring Garden Tour. The annual garden tour raises funds for the Heart Kids charity which supports research into the causes of Heart Disease and offers support to families of children with Heart Disease.

Pepo has long looked after the garden located in Cheltenham and is proud to present it with our client. A special part of the garden experience is the diverse collection of Camellia’s that the client’s father had loved and collected.

Randwick Awards


Pepo is proud to sponsor ‘Best Overall Garden’ at Randwick’s Annual Garden Awards. Congratulations to our clients whose gardens won in the following categories:

John Ulrick
Best Residential Garden – Townhouse or Villa

Coogee Bakehouse
Best Kept Nature Strip – South Coogee

Karen Stevenson
Best Residential Garden – Small to Medium