Anne Morrison plants seed to host first-ever KI Garden Festival

OPTIMISTIC: Anne Morrison has planted a seed to bring some fun to the island through a unique garden festival idea. Photo: Supplied

OPTIMISTIC: Anne Morrison has planted a seed to bring some fun to the island through a unique garden festival idea. Photo: Supplied

Green thumb Anne Morrison is optimistic a 'seed' she has planted on Kangaroo Island will soon grow into a unique garden event for all Islanders, bringing with it fun during these unprecedented times.

The KI Garden Club president says her "seedling of an idea" seeks to establish a Garden Festival, and encourages residents to share their patch of the Island.

"It's just an idea that I want to get out there to gauge interest," Anne said.

So far half a dozen people have already indicated their interest.

Her motivation comes after she welcomed visitors to her piece of paradise 'Cockatoo Cottage' at Brownlow three years ago under the SA Open Garden Scheme.

"The event was great fun and everyone enjoyed it," she said.

"Since the bushfires and everything else I just thought we all could do with a bit more of that fun."

Following the fires, the keen gardener was involved with SA gardening identity Sophie Thomson's assistance to aid recovery through donated plants.


Anne's property became a collection point for donated plants available to KI gardeners affected in the fires.

Donations included beautiful succulent pots donated by Strathalbyn Garden Club and Tubestock plants donated by Briarwood Nursery.

Her latest idea, she says, has since been discussed with other keen gardeners.

"People love going to look at other people's gardens...we want to make this our (KI) community event."

"We just thought we could have some sort of festival and have several gardens open over a number of weeks so hopefully everyone can get to at least one or two gardens," Anne added.

Currently, she encourages feedback from people who would like to be involved.

"We are talking about [the garden festival being] all over the island, so it will be open to everyone."

"It might be good for people who weren't directly affected by fires to see how some of the gardeners are recovering, depending on what they are doing," Anne added.

Interest in the initiative has come from the Western End of the island, Kingscote and Penneshaw.

The aim is to host the event in Spring, October through to November, with Anne saying no dates yet set.

Currently she looks into public liability and insurance "to make sure everyone is covered".

"We want to keep any entry fees or any donations, we are not sure which, to an absolute minimum if we can and organise insurance ourselves."

Importantly, Anne stressed that all gardens are being sought to be involved.

"We are not looking for perfect gardens."

"I know every garden I have ever visited, any size or location, I've always come away with an idea or enjoyed something."

For Anne, her eclectic country garden is her haven where she unwinds, and especially enjoys working in and admiring her veggie wicking beds.

"Certainly when Sophie Thomson was here she was pushing to get in and get your hands dirty as it does things to you, it does help."

To indicate your interest or to provide feedback, contact Anne on 0428 955 598 or email her at