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Grow an Edible Balcony

Antidote workshop 

Want a veggie garden but tight on space? Come get your hands dirty with our workshop on growing vegetables, fruit and herbs in balconies, rooftops, and urban environments.
 
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“Growing food in our cities can be truly transformative.”


Indira Naidoo

Green thumbs, food and urban living combined

Cities are full of empty urban spaces on rooftops, footpaths and roundabouts that can easily be transformed into edible food gardens. It's time to get creative with how we grow! Join the one and only Indira Naidoo, author of The Edible Balcony and The Edible City, for a workshop about growing our own food in the most unlikely of places, and how this will make a positive impact on our food systems. This will include her best tips on soil building, sun requirements, pot selection, and how to feed plants. Suitable for all ages, this hands-on workshop is for beginner to intermediate gardeners living in apartments and rented homes. You'll even take home a planted seedling to kickstart your very own balcony garden.

Presented by Sydney Opera House

Purchase a signed book and workshop bundle

The Edible Balcony chronicles popular media personality and foodie Indira Naidoo’s mission to transform her tiny thirteenth-floor balcony into bountiful kitchen garden. Featuring 60 delicious recipes showcasing her home-grown produce, plus plenty of practical advice. The Edible Balcony will inspire even the most reluctant green thumbs to channel their inner gardeners and reconnect with nature, while also saving money and reducing their carbon footprint. 

Your copy will be signed by Indira and placed on your allocated seat at the workshop. 

More about Indira Naidoo...

Indira Naidoo is the author of the best-selling The Edible Balcony, about growing food in small spaces and The Edible City, about community gardening. Indira designed two award-winning gardens for the Australian Garden Show Sydney, in Centennial Park, has been a guest presenter on ABC TV’s Gardening Australia, and helps community groups build food gardens. For the past 10 years Indira has also been an ambassador for Sydney’s homeless crisis centre the Wayside Chapel and its rooftop vegetable garden for its homeless visitors.

Venue Information

In-line with current NSW Government advice, all venues will have a reduced venue capacity of 50% (or a maximum of 1000 guests).

In order to maintain physical distancing within venues, tickets to this event will be sold in a single seat pattern. At all times, we will do our best to support your needs, but please bear in mind that this will be subject to the restrictions in place at that time.

Refreshments will be available for purchase from our theatre bars, and should be consumed while seated in designated foyers spaces. For select shows, drinks purchased at our theatre bars can also be taken into venues. Please check specific event information closer to the performance date.

Transport options

  • We encourage you to use private transport options to minimise crowding on public transport (in line with NSW Government advice).  
  • The Sydney Opera House Wilson car park is open and available to use. Wilson Parking is currently offering a $10 discounted rate if you book ahead, please see their website for details.
  • Please check the Transport NSW website for the latest advice and information on travel and COVID-19 safety measures. You can catch public transport (bus, train, ferry) to Circular Quay and enjoy a 6 min walk to the Opera House. 

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