Popular South Australian gardening expert joins Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board

06 July 2023

The Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium (BGSH) is pleased to announce the appointment of well-known Adelaide-based horticulturalist Sophie Thomson to the organisation's board, effective immediately.

Popular South Australian gardening expert joins Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium Board

With more than three decades of hands-on experience, Thomson is a popular figure in the horticultural community across Australia and is best known as a presenter on the ABC program Gardening Australia.

Thomson's passion for organic and sustainable gardening practices and her enthusiasm for all things horticulture has made her an inspirational conference, festival, and event presenter.

Her book 'Sophie's Patch' is a national best seller while she has also contributed columns to several national newspapers and magazines, as well as a weekly spot on ABC Adelaide talkback radio.

Deputy Premier Dr Susan Close said Thomson is a well-known South Australian horticulturalist and her vast experience will be an asset to the BGSH.

"Sophie is prominent member of the Australian horticulture and media sectors, and her communication skills and advocacy will ensure all South Australians are proud of their Botanic Gardens and the incredibly important scientific work achieved by the State Herbarium," she said.

BGSH Board Chair Judy Potter said having someone of Thomson's horticultural and multimedia experience is a major addition to the BGSH Board.

"Sophie's rich history in both horticulture and media made her the ideal candidate and I look forward to working alongside her and seeing her make positive contributions to the BGSH Board," she said.

Thomson said now is a great time for her to join the BGSH Board and is excited about the possibilities.

"I passionately believe in the work of all botanic gardens, in science, in horticulture and in connecting people with plants," she said.

"I am delighted to be joining the Board of Adelaide's iconic Botanic Garden and State Herbarium at what is clearly an exciting time for the institution."

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