The gardens have matured into a beautiful if somewhat rambling oasis in the heart of the town. Most of the plants have been gifted or acquired by generous donations from the community and the garden is planted and tended by local volunteers. The object of the garden is not just to be a showcase but rather a space where adults and children are encouraged to use and enjoy the features.
The Organic Garden building, Mannsfield House, was constructed in 1993. It was designed by an artist and built from recycled materials by a local environmental scientist and volunteers. Many workshops have been held here, such as energy efficiency and composting. Other appropriate building technique workshops were also held including the straw bale method. The benefits from these community forums has positively impacted upon our community approach to group ownership, energy efficient design, and low cost building.
The Organic Garden has sponsored many employment programs over the years. One of these programs enabled two artists to work in and around the garden and buildings creating furniture and sculptures which have enhanced the magical ambience of the space. Walking around the gardens, visitors could come across straw bale sculptures and brightly coloured painted wooden seats and painted sculptures. Another highlight of note, was a Steiner School production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” which took place in the amphitheatre.
Today, The Organic Garden continues to thrive. It is a beautiful venue for the Steiner Wishing Star Playgroup. The Margaret River Senior High School uses it for photography, film making and drama. The Margaret River Education Campus often uses the garden for their projects for students in their Art, Photography and some Horticulture class projects.
Locals and tourists continue to enjoy the garden's many facets
and the gifts of pleasure it provides each and every day.