The Alice Springs Community Garden (the Garden) is located at Frances Smith Memorial Park, Burke Street, Old Eastside, Alice Springs. The garden is a thriving hub of activity with community gardening, workshops, social events, cafe mornings and working bees.
The Garden nestles under a small hill which is registered as an Aboriginal sacred site.
Arid lands Environment Centre (ALEC) supported the establishment of the Garden in 2007. Work started on the Garden in 2011The Garden is auspiced by ALEC.
The Garden is run by a dedicated volunteer committee and has 120+ members (2023).
All members have access to the many communal plots, in addition there are around 49 individual private plots.
There is wheelchair access to some of the communal areas and to two raised garden beds.
The garden provides many communal resources including a kitchen and covered area (used for the monthly cafes), solar pergola with small stage area (often used for workshops), a Bodhi tree meditation spot, a wood-fired pizza oven, fruit trees, and the heart of the garden - 4 large bays for composting .
Working bees are held Sundays from 8am in summer and 9am in cooler months, also on Wednesdays from 5pm in Summer, 4pm in Winter.
Regular community events, workshops and open days, dedicated to sharing best practice food gardening in Alice Springs, are held at the ASCG, and provide an opportunity to learn more about best arid zone gardening practices.