History

Opened in 1979, the Kevin Heinze Garden Centre remains an important part of the disability landscape.

Inspired by his visit to a garden for children with disabilities in England, the late Kevin Heinze, a well-known Melbourne garden identity, believed that all children should be given the opportunity to take part in gardening activities. He saw the benefits that horticulture-based therapy and recreation programs brought to children with disabilities and wanted to introduce the concept into Australia. Working with the Kiwanis Club of Doncaster and Templestowe volunteers raised the seed funds required, and with the help of the Doncaster/Templestowe Council (now the Manningham Council) secured a lease on some land in Wetherby Rd, where the Centre opened and continues to be located today.

In its early days the Kevin Heinze Garden Centre relied heavily on a dedicated team of volunteers. Today, whilst the staff team has increased, volunteer support remains a fundamental part of the culture. The Centre’s funding sources include:

• An annual grant for administration costs from Manningham Council

• Continued support from The Kiwanis Club of Doncaster/Templestowe on maintenance and construction projects, as well as Committee of Management representation

• Grant applications from philanthropic trusts and foundations, each requiring a unique application

• Donations and in-kind support from supporters

• State and Federal funding

• Plant sales

• Participant fees

Kevin Heinze GROW was established to represent where the organisation is today, where we will be in the future and respecting our important and long history.

GROW : Gardening for Recreation, Occupation and Wellbeing


GROW – Gardening for Recreation, Occupation and Well-being

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