The Diggers Foundation


Our Vision

To encourage and inspire gardeners to create beautiful and productive gardens for a sustainable future.

The Diggers Foundation (formerly known as The Diggers Garden & Environment Trust) was established in 2011 by Clive and Penny Blazey and their three children, Jolyon, Tessa and Matilda.  They gifted their privately-owned properties Heronswood, The Garden of St Erth, the Diggers Preservation Garden in Dromana and their  successful family-owned business, The Diggers Club, to the Foundation.  This gift ensures their lifelong work in the preservation of heirloom seeds, gardenworthy plants and the best gardening traditions will continue forever.

Today, The Diggers Foundation works to preserve the best plants and gardening ideas to help Australians become better gardeners.  Our fierce independence allows us to speak out against climate change, genetically modified seeds and food, industrial agriculture and the corporatisation of our food supply.

Without government or corporate sponsorship or funding, The Diggers Foundation seeks public donations to continue our work to preserve open-pollinated varieties of seeds and maintain public ownership of our food source, as well as preserving important gardens and their historic buildings.


Clive and Penny Blazey

Member of the Order of Australia

Congratulations to Diggers co-founder, Clive Blazey (pictured here with wife Penny Blazey) who was made a Member of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen's Birthday Honours list for his “significant service to horticulture, to conservation and to the community.”

The Diggers team is delighted that Clive has been recognised for his work over the past 40+ years in organic gardening, seed saving, introducing heirloom seeds to Australian gardeners and being a tireless advocate for conservation and the environment.

“It's so exciting for us gardeners to get public recognition for passionately linking gardening with the preservation of our environment. It's a shame that these awards are not given in twos as Penny and I started the Diggers journey together and deserve equal credit,” Clive says.

The Diggers Foundation was established in 2011 to ensure the important work carried out since 1978 continues for generations to come. Long live subversive gardening!

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