Sophie Thomson from Gardening Australia ahead of her Goulburn Valley workshops


This interview first aired on Tuesday the 28th of May, 2024 on ONE FM 98.5 Shepparton.

One FM fill-in breakfast announcer Plemo interviews Garden Australia’s Sophie Thomson ahead of some workshops she will be doing in Shepparton and Murchison as part of the Greater Shepparton City Council’s Resilience in Recovery program.

Council’s Flood Recovery team is hosting two free gardening events with horticulturalist Sophie Thomson on 23 and 24 June 2024.

The ‘Roots of Recovery’ event will be held on 23 June in Shepparton, focusing on gardening for health and wellbeing, and practical steps for garden recovery post-flood.

The ‘Growing our Gardens’ event will take place on 24 June in Murchison, featuring sessions on community gardening, home food growth and practical gardening tips.

Sophie Thomson is an Australian horticulturalist, author, television and radio personality from Adelaide, and is a presenter on ABC’s Gardening Australia and an ABC radio talk back host. She has extensive media experience writing for major newspapers, magazines and authors books on gardening.

The first event ‘Roots of Recovery’ will be held on Sunday 23 June 2024 from 9.15am to 4.00pm, at St Paul’s African House, 54 Poplar Avenue Shepparton. This session will see Ms Thomson reconnect with our community and share her expertise on gardening for health and wellbeing. She will provide invaluable advice on practical steps to rebuild and rejuvenate your garden after the recent floods, focusing on resilience and sustainability.

There will be a courtesy bus running from Bunbartha and Murchison that residents can register a spot for.

The second event ‘Growing our Gardens’ will be held on Monday 24 June 2024 in Murchison. This event will be held across two sessions, starting at the Murchison Community Garden, 19 Impey Street, Murchison from 9.00am to 10.30am before moving to Murchison Primary School, 8/10 Impey Street, Murchison from 10.30am to 12.30pm.

This event will include a free bacon and egg roll at the Murchison Community Garden thanks to the Murchison Men’s Shed, a presentation from Ms. Thomson at Murchison Primary School on connecting community to shared projects and how you can improve your own garden, and a free lunch to be shared at Murchison Primary School.

For more information on both events contact the Resilience in Recovery team via or by calling 0422 171 738.

Registration Required: Free courtesy bus and free event, however due to limited capacity, registrations are required using this link

To find out more about the sessions go to the Resilience in Recovery Facebook page –

If you require assistance you can the hotline 1800 560 760 or call the council flood recovery team on on 58329700. You can also email or follow on or the council website at

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