The Blazey's established The Diggers Foundation in 2011

The Diggers Foundation

Clive and Penny Blazey, founders of the Diggers Club, gifted ownership of their highly successful garden company, along with their family-owned properties of Heronswood and St Erth, to The Diggers Foundation (formerly the Diggers Garden and Environment Trust) in 2011.

“We established The Diggers Foundation to ensure that the work we’ve done over more than 40 years in preserving historic gardens and houses as well as the best garden traditions through education will continue forever,” said Clive.

The Foundation strives to:

  • The conservation, protection or enhancement of botanical and ecological habitats.
  • The conservation, protection and enhancement of gardens both historical, botanical and exhibition, and historical buildings and artifacts and natural, historic and cultural heritage.
  • The protection and enhancement of the natural and horticultural environment including heirloom seeds and other flora and fauna.
  • The use of horticulture for health and dietary wellbeing.
  • Research and education to meet the goals above.

Our Vision is:

“To encourage and inspire gardeners to create beautiful and productive gardens for a sustainable future.”

It all begins in the garden

Public support ensured that Diggers succeeded and grew into Australia's largest gardening club, and the Blazey family was determined to make the transformation from a private, family-owned business into a charitable Foundation, somewhat like the National Trust but firmly anchored in gardening, education and heritage buildings.

"We wanted to ensure that the things we have championed such as supporting heirloom seeds, sustainable gardening methods and a strong stance against GM and hybridised plants and seeds would continue," Clive reflects.

"We also wanted to make certain that our two Certified Organic gardens of approximately 2 hectares each would remain intact and always be open to the public. The only way to achieve this was to bequeath the properties and garden business to the Foundation."

 

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Visit Heronswood

Historic Heronswood House and its slab cottage are on the register of National Estate.

Both buildings were designed by Edward La Trobe Bateman and are now owned and managed by The Diggers Foundation.

105 Latrobe Parade, Dromana, VIC, 3936

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Visit St Erth

The historic house and garden of St Erth is part of an abandonded gold-rush town. It is now owned and managed by The Diggers Foundation.

189 Simmons Reef Rd, Blackwood, VIC, 3458

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