Sophie Thomson's "green blood" was absorbed by osmosis from her parents who ran their family business David Thomson Nursery in the Adelaide Hills. Following the sale of the business in 1997 she graduated to an active role in the gardening media, doing talkback radio, television and writing, as well as horticultural consultant.
As well as presenting for the ABC Television’s Gardening Australia and writing for the Gardening Australia magazine, Sophie writes the weekly gardening column for the Adelaide Sunday Mail and the Weekender Herald. She is also the garden writer for the quarterly Adelaide Hills Magazine, which has been voted the best regional publication in Australia in 2010, 2012 and 2013. 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 is currently working on the Reader’s Digest publication The Ultimate Book of Vegetables, due for release later this year. Sophie also enjoys working as a horticultural consultant for a wide variety of South Australian gardens. Her strong focus on appropriate plant selection aims to help her clients develop waterwise, climate compatible gardens that have colour and interest for the whole twelve months of the year. She is patron of a number of organisations including the Duck Flat Community Garden, Friends of Waite Arboretum, and ambassador for Nature Play SA and Horticultural Therapy SA. Nationally regarded as an entertaining and informative guest speaker, Sophie is a regular presenter at the Royal Adelaide Show, Garden and Home Living Expos, lifestyle events, libraries, schools, garden clubs and plant societies. Her passion for plants and gardening is regarded as infectious to gardeners and non-gardeners alike.
In addition Sophie runs a busy household which includes husband Richard, five children under 13 and a menagerie of animals which includes a dog, cats, geese, chooks, ducks and stick insects (we don't know how she does it?). Her favourite gardening activity is spending time developing her own garden, a 3 acre property in South Australia's Adelaide Hills where she is establishing her own sustainable organic garden including a large vegie patch, fruit trees and what she hopes will be a breathtaking climate compatible ornamental garden. Sophie's garden 'Hamlyn Cottage' is open to groups of 30 or more people by appointment (see Garden Tours) and will also be open over Easter 2015. Click here to find out more