Sunshine Children’s Garden

Inviting the community to rebuild a piece of history

Melbourne artists Jo Skladzien and Joyce Watts are hosting Sunshine Children’s Garden on Saturday 4 July 2015. It's a free, hands-on construction play day at Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre.

Sunshine Plaza is located near the site of the historical industrial gardens built for the Sunshine Harvester Works factory workers in the 1900s.

Families with children aged 3-12 years are invited to help rebuild this piece of local history and transform a vacant shop into a flourishing and beautiful garden playscape.

“Lost features of the H.V. McKay Memorial Gardens, such as its conservatory, bandstand and Head Gardener's cottage, will be used as some of the creative prompts to help inspire and educate children” says Skladzien.

The industrial gardens were known for their many chrysanthemums. Each "builder" will get a packet of chrysanthemum seeds to take home.

“The aim is to inspire families to plant real life gardens in their community using the seeds.” says Watts.

The installation will create a unique shopfront display for one week, before being disassembled and recycled.

Sunshine Children’s Garden is supported by Brimbank City Council and made possible with the help of Design Inc, Paint Spot Sunshine, Mamma Knows West, Awesome Foundation Melbourne and Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre.

WHAT : Sunshine Children’s Garden free construction play event for children aged 3-12 years.

WHEN: Saturday 4 July 2015, 10am3pm

WHERE : Sunshine Plaza Shopping Centre, 324-328 Hampshire Rd, Sunshine 3020

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For more information contact:

Jo Skladzien
0422 483 081

Joyce Watts
0409 606 773