Garden Squad


Explore your interest in gardening, garden design and landscaping through our industry-based garden squad. Through our partnership with the City of Adelaide Horticulture team, you will learn how to design, install and maintain garden verges across the Adelaide CBD. With our connections to local community gardens you’ll further build your gardening skills and experience.

If you are want to explore your interest in gardening, build your practical skills towards a career in horticulture in a simulated work setting with authentic industry connections, or grow your confidence in a nurturing outdoor team environment, then this is program is for you!

In a small based learning environment, you’ll learn how to:

  • WHS including safe operating procedures for gardening equipment;

  • Plan and design a garden;

  • Plant selection;

  • Irrigation, soil preparation, and planting;

  • Garden maintenance including pruning, weeding and spraying


Youth Options Garden Squad Wins Local Australia Day Award

The Youth Options Garden Squad were officially recognised for their exemplary contribution, collaboration and impact on local green spaces and residents within the CBD. They achieved this through the completion of 33 projects over 18 months in partnership with the City of Adelaide horticulture team. For their dedication, the mentees won the City of Adelaide 2024 Australia Day Award in the active citizen category.


Funded by

  • CB Increased Social and Community Participation;
  • CB Finding and Keeping A Job;
  • School Leaver Employment Support (SLES);
  • Core assistance with social, economic, and community participation.
  • Improved Daily Living 15_037_0117_1_3;

The Future of Garden Squad – We Are Growing A Social Enterprise

The social enterprise will provide a source of casual employment for mentees of the Garden Squad who are ready enough to transition to this next phase in their capacity building journey. The working environment will provide a supported transition into employment for 12 months to empower mentees upon graduation to transition into open employment.

We are looking to partner with businesses to collaboratively develop a purposeful business model to nurture the growth of the social enterprise. Please reach out to us if you’d like to be involved:


Download the ‘Garden Squad’ Flyer