And such a garden it is. Dozens of recycled milk crates, tubs, half wine barrels and timber planters overflow with vegetables, herbs, fruit trees and flowers. Rows of seedlings await planting out and down one end is a chicken run awaiting its first chooks. Scarecrows with bucket heads dressed in brightly coloured clothes look through a high wire fence at high-rise buildings while busy commuters whiz past.
Surrounded by such abundance, it’s hard to believe that this garden has only been around since 2010. The thick layer of mulch blanketing the ground belies the fact that this garden was formerly an asphalt car park.
The idea for a community garden in the centre of the city came from tenants of Common Ground who grew plants on their balconies and wanted a bigger space to expand their gardening skills.
At the back of the garden is Adelaide Community Bike Workshop, a not-for-profit, community organization that, for the cost of a donation, will fix your bike or teach you bike repairs and the use of tools. Donated bikes are dismantled for their parts and donated to newly-arrived refugees.
The Joinery, Common Ground Community Garden and Adelaide Community Bike Workshop are found at 111 Franklin St, Adelaide.