A Place of Learning: For Natural Learning

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What's on at A Place of Learning.

Ask about A Place of Learning Vouchers for gifts of growing or gifts of language. email: mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

Freshly picked snow peas and broccoliThe Simple Organic Gardening Course

This 8 week course is designed for home or school gardeners. You will discover how to create soil ferility by using your local resources. You will learn to sow seeds, transplant seedlings and design your own garden. Join us for this hands on course which teaches you how to grow  and harvest your own delcious vegetables. The course is held at Delta Community Garden. email: mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

The Simple Organic Gardening Course is on February  12, 19, 26. March 5, 12, 19, 26. April 1.2018.

Language students at A Place of LearningLearning English Language

A Place of Learning teaches students at all levels from beginner to University.  Currently there are students from Brazil, China and France. 

Whether English is your first or second language  email mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz to find out  about learning English and having a language programme designed just for you. In your programme you will learn grammar, speaking, reading, and writing. You will discover that learning English is fun and you will learn easily. There is a hands on learning  programme for beginners. Learning English with Natural Learning works with your interests.

The first student, who has been supported by A Place of Learning, graduated from Canterbury University with a B. A. on 15 December 2015

The Veggie Garden Project

Nourishing Community

The Veggie Garden Project is a brand new project in the design and development stage.

http://www.veggiegardenproject.org.nz Our new web site is up and running www.veggiegardenproject.org.nz

The Veggie Garden Project is a response to the call for rediscovering the joy of simple fresh food through learning and discovery of the natural world. The Veggie Garden Project will establish school and community gardens as well as have a workshop programme and an apprenticeship programme.  If you are keen to learning the skills of a Community Garden Coordinator or run workshops contact mary@veggiegardenproject.org.nz

Harvesting broad beansGrow Your Own Free Lunch

Learn beginner gardening and harvesting skills.  We also create our own delicious shared lunch. Each session begins with growing skills in the lovely Delta Community Garden. We learn seed sowing, composting, transplanting. We also learn the wonder of weeds.Then we harvest from the garden and create our own shared lunch.

The next  course is on February / March 2018. (Dates to be advised) at Delta Community House. Email:mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

Testamonial: "Mary has a great teaching style and makes it fun and is very encouraging."

Waitakiri School Orchard and GardenOrchards in Schools

This wonderful programme has been initiated by the Canterbury Horticulture Society chsgardens.co.nz. Each year orchards are planted  in 5 - 6 schools. After starting in 2015 we now have orchards in  17 schools in Christchurch.  We supply schools with apple, pear and plum trees. I also visit and support each school as the trees grow. Schools often find that the trees are a great start to growing vegetables. Many schools find that the orchard and garden  provide learning opportunities in environment, science and sustainability. Contact mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz if your school would like to be part of Orchards in Schools. 

The schools which have planted orchards are: Haeata School, Isleworth School, Fendalton School, Elmwood School, Wairakei School  Gilberthorpe School, Addington School, Chisnallwood Intermediate, Cobham Intermediate, Casebrook Intermediate, Waitakiri School, Rawhiti School, Riccarton School, Kaiapoi Borough School, Oaklands School, Northcote School, and St Martins School.


Delicious taste of your own garden.Vegetable Garden Planning at Your Place

Give someone a Vegetable Garden Planning Voucher 

Create your own garden plan during this is a one on one, hour and a half planning session in your backyard.  

Your plan will connect your garden area with your needs. You will learn basic techniques of vegetable gardening to get you started and help you to be creative in finding free and cheap organic resources.

Before the end of the session you will be set to go with your Garden Action Plan, and a mind buzzing full of ideas.

To find out how to start growing organic vegetables phone or email : mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz

The hour and a half Vegetable Garden Planning at Your Place course is only $120.00. ( Price applies to Christchurch City) .Further consultation is $30 per hour. Mileage outside Christchurch City 70c per km.


  • "I felt inspired to plan my future self sustainable garden." K.G.
  • "We both thoroughly enjoyed the session and feel very enthused " A.F.

‚ÄčSchool Vegetable Gardening

Filling watering cans at Aranui SchoolMary has taught school vegetable gardening for six years. She has taught at Richmond School, Shirley Primary, Shirley Boys High School and Aranui Primary School.

Contact mary@aplaceoflearning.co.nz if your school would like help with your vegetable gardens.

Spring harvest at Delta Community GardenCommunity Gardening

Community Gardening is a great way to learn to grow vegetables, meet new people and have fun.

Mary coordinates Delta Community Garden on Fridays 10.30 - 2.00. at 105 North Avon Rd Richmond. This garden is a marvellous example of how food can be luxuriantly grown in what was once a concrete wasteland. On Fridays from 2.00 - 4.30 Mary and a great group of volunteers are at Churchill Park Community Garden in Guild St Richmond. This is a very lovely and peaceful place that attracts many visitors of all ages from the local community.



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