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Discover how to green your living and workspaces.

Patrick Honan, Horitculturist, will deliver a course of 6 interactivworkshops around the theme of indoor gardeningfor 1.5-2 hours across 6 weeks from March 19, 2019.

The sessions will commence at 6pm, and provide an introduction as well as hands on experience of taking care of your own indoor garden. 

The course is an opportunity to meet your neighbours living in the City of Melbourne, explore the Mission to Seafarers and enjoy getting your hands dirty.

Week 1: Introduction to growing plants indoors

    Why grow plants indoors
    What are indoor plants? (comparedto conventional plants)
    Where do indoor plants grow?
    Health benefits of growing plants indoors
    Different characteristics and needs of indoor plants


Week 2: Containerised growing

    Different types of growing media
    Understanding growing media components, functions and chemistry
    Differences in pots and containers
    Nutrients & fertiliser
    DIYgrowing media workshop, potting-on tutorial


Week 3: Light

    Understanding different light ranges in an indoor environment (the Mission)
    Measuring light (high and low tech)
    Using a light meter
    Researching light needs of plants
    Classifying plants by light needs
    Installing plants accordingt o light needs

 Week 4: Common issues

    Pathogens, pests and diseases
    How to identify common issues
    How to troubleshoot problems
    Ongoing plant maintenance, developing a schedule


Week 5: Acquiring plants

    Sourcing plants
    Finding rare plants
    Determining value and health of plant stock for sale
    Recommended plants
    DIY propagation practical


Week 6: Novel applications

    Build a native plant terrarium workshop
    Sick plant trouble shooting

This course has been made possible by the City of Melbourne through a Community Grant.

Have questions about Indoor Plant Classes? Contact Mission to Seafarers Victoria

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The Mission to Seafarers Victoria
717 Flinders Street
Docklands, VIC 3008


Mission to Seafarers Victoria

The Mission to Seafarers recently celebrated 100 years of service in the heritage-listed building at 717 Flinders Street, Docklands. Serving a special place in the life and community of those who live and work at sea, the dedicated team of staff and volunteers provide comfort, a friendly face and a sense of community to the thousands of seafarers who visit the Port of Melbourne annually.


The enchanting Arts and Crafts style design also offers a unique venue for functions and events of all styles and sizes. Featuring a sunbathed courtyard full of rustic charm, a secret garden, historic chapel and the magnificent Norla Dome, the possibilities are endless. With full bar facilities, commercial kitchen, catering options, beverage packages, it’s the perfect venue for your event. All in the heart of Docklands


Please email or drop in anytime between 10am- 10pm, we’re open every day of the year.

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