Marino Community Garden

The first community garden in Marino will begin construction in April 2016 to give residents the opportunity to grow their own food, meet likeminded people and learn new skills.

The decision follows Marino Community Garden Inc submitting an application in 2015 and a public consultation in early 2016 which found 75% of respondents were in favour of the garden.

People supported the garden because it will strengthen and connect the community, improve the local amenity of the area, support the development of local skills, and be inclusive and culturally sustainable.

Download the full consultation report including all community comments and Council's responses to concerns, questions and suggestions:


Where is the Marino Community Garden?

The new community garden will be located at Newland Avenue Reserve, 25 Newland Avenue, Marino SA 5049.


What happens next
  • Early April: New members welcomed.
  • Early to mid April: Levelling areas where garden bed and shed will be erected.
  • Mid April onwards: Garden beds to be progressively built, leased to new members and planted.
  • April to May: 4.5m x 2.8m slate grey garden shed to be erected.


How you can help

Join or help to build the garden

Marino Community Garden is now welcoming new members. If you would like to join or help to build the garden, please contact Steven Barratt from Marino Community Garden Inc on 0408 644 080 or email

Go in the draw to win a car

Buy a lottery ticket from the Marino Community Garden's page on the People's Choice Community Lottery website. All proceeds raised will go towards the garden, and you will go in the draw to win one of two cars, a $35,000 shopping spree and a host of other prizes.


What to expect at the garden

Initially the garden will include raised garden beds for individual, family and community plots, fruit trees in raised beds, and a garden shed.

The garden plan is based on a wheel design, consisting of eight wedges to be separated by gravel paths. Each wedge will contain a number of raised garden beds.

Marino Community Garden site plan

The design was developed by group members using permaculture principles and to complement the existing environment. The group has adapted the design (from its original plan) to move the shed closer to the fence line, in response to resident’s suggestions raised during the consultation.

The group plans to stage the construction of the garden wedges as membership grows. Construction will begin with the northern half of the design.

Marino Community Garden will be developed progressively to include shade trees, wind shelter belts, demonstration and educational activities, seating, shade, sheds, bike rack, water tank and a potential children’s garden depending on demand.


Frequently asked questions

Download the flyer below to find answers to some of the more commonly asked questions about the garden:


Community Garden Licence

A Community Garden Licence has been issued to Marino Community Garden Inc from the City of Marion. The licence is a legal agreement between the two parties and outlines a range of terms and conditions relating to managing a community garden at Newland Avenue Reserve, Marino.

For more information please visit the Marino Community Garden Licence webpage.



City of Marion
Tania Macdonald
Project Officer - Community Capacity Building, Environmental Programs
Phone: 8375 6600

Marino Community Garden Inc
Steven Barratt
Phone: 0408 644 080