The Impact of Climate on Gardening

Brought to you by The Diggers Club

Your Masterclass

Growing what does best in your area at the right time of year is one of the cornerstones of organic gardening. Living in a certain place determines the type of garden you will have and the plants you can grow.

The Diggers Club pioneered climate zone information, to assist members in choosing the best plants for their area and to assist with correct sowing times. Understanding your climate zone is just the beginning, every garden also has local microclimate variations.

Selecting plants that aren’t suited to your climate can lead to problems with pests and diseases, excessive demands for watering, premature death of plants due to high temperatures, frost, or even high humidity.

In this Masterclass, our CEO, Tim Sansom details how plants have evolved in different places on the planet, so they have different tolerances which determines the time of the year they should be planted to give them the closest possible growing conditions to their native area. We discuss the strong relationship between gardens and natural variables such as temperature and rainfall, and how a changing climate will create some enormous new challenges for gardeners. We look at opportunities to creating your own micro-climates and to tune-in to our natural ecosystems, learning to work with nature for greater success.

We introduce, Lachlan Sutherland our research scientist who will discuss his climate modelling work, using information from the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) to create a real-time and interactive experience for our customers in relation to our climate zone maps.

You will learn:

  • How each climate zone pertains to the growing conditions of our plants.
  • What you need to consider with your climate region.
  • The impacts of gardening with a changing climate.
  • How you can create micro-climates within your garden to extend the range of plants that you can grow.
  • The climate zones and how they are changing with our changing climate.
  • The interesting work of a climate researcher and the importance of accessing accurate and relevant data.
  • What our new climate zone maps will mean for you!

Lunch will be provided during this masterclass.

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Your Presenters

Tim Sansom

Tim Sansom is the inaugural CEO of the Diggers Foundation – the garden charity which owns The Diggers Club and the Diggers gardens.

Working with plants has always been Tim’s passion and he has worked in urban food production for more than 20 years.

Formerly director of Horticulture at Diggers, Tim has also been involved in the establishment of multiple permaculture and community gardens.

Lachlan Sutherland

1st year PhD Student at Monash University's school of Earth, Atmosphere, and Environment.

Lachlan applied to help with the Diggers' climate map project as he is passionate about preserving and increasing Australia's floral and faunal biodiversity, and by helping Australians choose what to plant in their own climatic region will hugely help this goal. Strengthening our biodiversity will be absolutely vital in the coming decades, where the Earth's ecosystems will be stressed to a degree not seen since the Cretaceous-Paleogene mass extinction, due to anthropogenic climate change.

This project will help him develop skills and knowledge that will improve the quality of his PhD research, as well as make connections with people doing practical work in the environmental conservation, climate science, and science communications fields.

The Location

Heronswood is the home of The Diggers Foundation, a living catalogue of garden treasures showcasing all that can be found in Diggers Club magazines and books.

At the heart of Heronswood is a cottage garden of meandering paths and lawns, seamlessly combining edible and ornamental plantings. Australia’s first certified organic open garden, it is the place to learn about sustainable practices and the preservation of heirloom flowers and vegetables.

A working garden for gardeners, with new projects always on the go and ideas to take home to your patch. Heronswood delights throughout the changing seasons, with the warmer summer months bringing the stunning perennials into full show.

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The Impact of Climate on Gardening

6 April 2024

Heronswood (Dromana)

Saturday 10am - 1pm

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