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Garden Club @ Freestyle Tout

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For those of you who don’t know, Freestyle Tout is one of Brisbane’s premier dessert cafes. This year they’ve managed to combine two of my great loves: food + gardening.  The garden club meets every second month and each meeting will include expert advice from guest presenters.

The first event this year ‘Growing a Compact Garden’ was held yesterday with guest presenter Linda Brennan from Ecobotanica. Linda has over twenty years experience teaching gardening and her list of qualifications is very impressive. What’s more she was friendly, professional and was more than happy to share her wealth of knowledge with myself and other attendees .

I arrived on time at 10am and easily found a carpark right outside the cafe – a nice surprise for a Sunday morning. Unsurprisingly, the carpark was full by the time I left at midday.

After introductions we got straight into the gardening as Linda explained how to repurpose wicker baskets as herb gardens. Then we had the chance to make our own eco pots:

And were given tips on growing our own water chesnuts:

We were also lucky enough to sample a generous collection of teeny tiny sweet delights and coffee. There were chocolate brownies, heart shaped choc-dipped biscuits, lemon meringue tarts and mousse-filled raspberry & white chocolate cups. Divine!

All-in-all it was a great way to spend a relaxed Sunday morning and I’m looking forward to the next one.