Garden & Playground


Behind the Centre lies a small playground free for any group to use. The playground is owned and operated by the local council, but its close proximity to the Centre is great for kids. If you would like to organise your child’s birthday or other celebrations at the park, we offer rooms to hire inside the Centre to accompany your park party! Check out our venue hire here for more information.

Poets Garden

Poets Garden is a community garden established at the rear of the Centre in Tennyson Street, Elwood. The name of the garden is reflective of the neighbouring streets in the area, named after famous poets.

It is independent of Elwood St Kilda Neighbourhood Learning Centre; the garden is managed by the membership group which is a not–for-profit incorporated organisation.

Our vision is to create a community garden in Elwood: That is productive, sustainable, and unique. In which everyone is welcome to cultivate community by sharing knowledge, effort, responsibility, and experience.

Currently the garden has 52 plots of varying sizes, which are rented on an annual basis. In addition to these we managed compost bins, a small orchard, worm farms, a vertical Foodwall garden and flower bed, on a roster system. There is a waiting list for plots, but we do encourage members on the list to become involved in garden activities even if a plot is unavailable. Being involved can include participating in working bees, social events and assisting on one of our rosters that assist us with the maintenance of the garden space.

All enquiries about the garden are managed via email at: