Gardening Australia presenter Sophie Thomson to visit Kangaroo Island to aid bushfire recovery

IBC wicking beds feature a water reservoir that reduces water use and eliminates root competition from trees. Raised beds on blocks also avoid back problems.
IBC wicking beds feature a water reservoir that reduces water use and eliminates root competition from trees. Raised beds on blocks also avoid back problems.

The Kangaroo Island Garden Club is delighted that Sophie Thomson, South Australia's presenter on the ABC's Gardening Australia, is coming to Kangaroo Island again.

Sophie visited several KI gardens just prior to the bushfires to feature them in the popular television show.

She herself came close to being impacted on by the fires as she lives in the Adelaide Hills.

Now she is coming back to give talks and workshops on garden recovery after bushfires, with an emphasis on getting the soil ready for replanting.

Everyone is invited to participate in these free community events, not just fire-affected gardeners.

Wicking beds can be made from 1000-litre IBC plastic containers cut in half.

Wicking beds can be made from 1000-litre IBC plastic containers cut in half.

The program begins on 10am on Tuesday, March 10 with a wicking bed workshop to build a community garden beside Parndana School.

Work will continue over several days with Sophie giving a community talk on garden bushfire recovery at 6.30pm on Wednesday, March 11 at the Parndana Bowling Club with supper afterwards.

Another community talk will be held at 6.30pm on Thursday, March 12 at the KI Council meeting room in Kingscote with supper served afterwards.

Then starting at 10am on Friday, March 13 there will be wicking bed workshop and working bee to expand the KI Community Garden at The Junction centre in Kingscote.

Later on March 13, Sophie will be doing a book signing at Big Quince Print in Kingscote at 2-3pm.

On Saturday, March 14 there will be planting session at the Community Garden at Parndana starting at 10am followed by a celebratory with morning tea or lunch, before Sophie and her team head home.

The KI Garden Club needs lots of participants and volunteers to make these events work, so please contact Anne on 0428 955 598, or email missbossy1952@gmail.com to get involved.

This community event is supported by Natural Resources Kangaroo Island, while KI resident Jennie Teasdale also helped arrange the event.

To read Sophie's post on garden recovery and soil restoration after fire, go to sophiespatch.com.au and click on "newsletters" - it's the January 2020 Bushfire Edition.

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