Sophie Thomson- Sophies Patch’ Guest speaker at 2018 Barossa Conference

Sophie Thomson’s enduring love affair with plants and gardening was inherited from her plant loving parents and her early training began working at the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills. What started-out as a necessity eventually became a key driver in her life as she steadily acquired in-depth knowledge of the nursery’s large collection of rare and distinctive plant varieties.

After the nursery was sold, Sophie embarked as a garden consultant and took an active role in the media.Sophie Thomson lights up the screen as ABC television’s Gardening Australia South Australian presenter, where her enthusiasm for gardening inspires people of all ages. She is also a popular newspaper columnist, national public speaker, TEDx presenter, author, broadcaster and horticulturalist.  As well as writing for the Gardening Australia magazine, Sophie writes the weekly gardening column for the Adelaide Sunday Mail and the Weekender Herald.Sophie’s first book From the Ground Up – a complete guide for South Australian Gardeners was released in November 2008 and was judged the best general gardening book in Australia at the 2009 biennial Laurel Awards for Horticultural Media of Australia.  It was the first South Australian book to win this award.

Sophie co-authored the Reader’s Digest book Waterwise Gardening and the Reader’s Digest publication The Ultimate Book of Vegetables.  Her next book ‘Sophie’s Patch’ is due out in autumn 2018.She lives at Sophie’s Patch – a three-acre property in the Adelaide Hills, with husband Richard, five children under 16 and a menagerie of animals.  Over the last five years they have created a remarkable garden around the old stone cottage on what was once a bare paddock.  The Patch includes numerous contained spaces as well as a fully productive organic vegie patch, more than 100 fruit and nut trees and what she hopes one day will be a breathtaking, climate compatible ornamental garden.

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