We have a great open garden scheme in South Australia and on a cold Sunday morning I made a trip to the Adelaide hills to visit Sophie’s Patch.
You may have seen Sophie Thomson on Gardening Australia she is one of the regular presenters or seen her in print in the ABC Gardening Australia magazine. She and her family have made their home on a patch of land which was a former cow paddock around an 1847 heritage listed stone cottage.
The garden’s are open a couple of times a year, this was my first visit and it was fantastic. I can tell she has done this before, there is a schedule for talks throughout the day, stalls selling plants, beekeepers, a couple of associations providing information, food stalls and pizzas coming out of her pizza oven in aid of the local high school.
There is a comprehensive orchard of over 100 fruit and nut trees, raised vege wicking beds, another vege garden, avenues of plants suited to her harsh conditions mainly Mediterranean and native plants. Deciduous trees planted around the house, a chook yard, beehives an insect hotel and a tool shed.
I spent 3 hours there, walked around a couple of times took some notes of plants I would like to get, took photo’s, had a chat with other visitors, purchased a few plants and had a piece of cake. It was a very enjoyable day full of inspiration and a reminder of what you can achieve in your garden with persistence and hard work.
If you get the chance I would thoroughly recommend a visit to Sophie’s patch.