Sophie Thomson is ABC television’s Gardening Australia presenter and a captivating and engaging speaker, presenter, columnist, writer, broadcaster, horticulturalist and qualified naturopath. Her enthusiasm and passion for plants and gardening inspires people of all ages.
A strong advocate for sustainable gardening practices, she encourages people to enjoy growing organic food, cooking from the home garden and creating backyards where kids can play freely and develop a life long connection with nature.
She writes for Gardening Australia magazine, the Sunday Mail and Weekender Herald, and her first book “From the Ground Up” was judged the best general gardening book in Australia at the 2009 biennial Laurel Awards for Horticultural Media of Australia. Sophie co-authored the 2010 Reader’s Digest book “Waterwise Gardening” and was the garden writer for the 2014 Reader’s Digest’s publication “The Ultimate Book of Vegetables.”
Over the last three years, Sophie has created educational gardens for the Royal Adelaide Show. The first in 2014, “A Backyard for Kids”, was complete with rolling lawns, vegies and herbs, stepping-stones, insect hotels and crawling tunnels. The 2015 design, “Garden for Life”, combined elements suitable for people of all ages to enjoy and demonstrated a garden as a biodiversity hotpot with climate compatible and water wise plants. Her 2016 design, “Let Your Imagination Grow Wild”, features artistic creations made from recycled materials surrounded by a lush variety of plants where you can be at one with the beauty of nature. Sophie’s overarching vision for her show gardens is to inspire others to create gardens where people can connect with nature for their future wellbeing and happiness.
Each year Sophie welcomes hundreds of visitors to Sophie’s Patch, her bi-annual open garden. The most popular areas are the contained organic kitchen garden and the orchard where geese, ducks and chickens mow the grass, fertilise and aerate the soil and keep slugs and insects in check.
Sophie firmly believes gardening has the power to make our lives infinitely richer and maybe even bring about world peace – learn how at TEDxAdelaide this Thursday. Get your tickets here.