Our Garden

DMA Ilma Lever Gardens: a place to grow, learn and share

The Ilma Lever Gardens were established in the 1980’s as an initiative of Disabled Motorists Australia. The gardens were inspired by Ilma Lever B.E.M., a founding member of Disabled Motorists Australia, and her passion for wheelchair accessible gardening. The gardens were developed in consultation with the local community to help people with disabilities explore and extend their gardening skills in an accessible setting at a pace that suits their needs. The DMA Ilma Lever Gardens are an innovative and wheelchair accessible garden offering opportunities to develop gardening skills to suit individual goals.

Trained program leaders and assistants are available to ensure that guidance and support is on hand to assist participants to reach their personal goals in gardening, whether they are recreational and lifestyle activities or stepping stones to paid employment.

Inspection is welcomed: to make an appointment to discuss your needs with our experienced gardening team go to our “Contact Us” tab.



DMA Ilma Lever Gardens are located at the DMA national office in 2A Station Street, Coburg, Victoria. The gardens are accessible by public transport; located near Moreland station and tram and bus connections. There is also ample parking available on-site.

Programs and Activities

Now with renovation and re-development of the gardens under the direction of qualified horticulturalists, DMA Ilma Lever Gardens offers an expanded range of programs for recreational and vocational training.

Gardening activities for people of all abilities:

  • Recreational
  • Vocational: horticultural training in Certificate 1, 2, and 3 levels
  • Seasonal vegetable plots
  • Flower growing
  • Pot plants and succulents
  • Fruit growing and harvest
  • Indigenous plants
  • Plant sales
  • Volunteer opportunities and community activities; Click HERE to Get Involved

The Gardens provide community based garden and horticulture training for all of the community who would like to get into the garden and learn the art of growing and providing fruit, vegetables, herbs, flowers and the knowledge of Australian Gardening.
These community programs are user pays and all information can be contained by telephoning, or going to the contact us icon on this webpage.