Sophie Thomson visits Kangaroo Island again to help prepare gardens for summer | PHOTOS

Gardening identity Sophie Thomson visited Kangaroo Island at the end of October to host a series of workshops on how residents can summer proof their gardens.

Islanders are most grateful for all the assistance, donations and knowledge she has shared since the bushfires.

The gardening workshops were made possible through a grant written by Junction and funded by the Country SA Primary Health Network as part of their Bushfire Recovery Community Grant.

Sophie met with keen gardeners from the western end of the Island, many of them directly impacted by the bushfires, giving talks at the Parndana Bowling Club.

There were then practical demonstrations at Parndana Community Regrowth Garden, the construction of which she instigated earlier this year as part of the bushfire recovery process.

"Great to have such a good turn out and connect with gardeners across the Island, including many who are rebuilding their gardens since summer's devastating bushfires," she posted on her Facebook page. "There has been a great sense of fellowship and community at each of these gatherings."

This has been Sophie's third gardening mission to Kangaroo Island since the bushfires, as she visited in March to give talks as part of the fire recovery and then again in June to deliver 500 donated fruit trees.

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

During this latest visit, she also caught up with gardeners from Kingscote and elsewhere on KI at the community garden at the Junction community garden in Kingscote.

Sophie has also seen the rejuvination of the Kingscote community garden this year, which like the Parndana garden is open for all to garden in and take produce from.

"Lots of fun and enthusiasm, and loved getting to sit outside in this garden that is flourishing after being injected with love and organic matter," she posted.

She also had a chance to visit Flinders Chase National Park on the western end of the Island to see how it was recovering after the fires swept through in early January.

"I felt mixed emotions as I drove and walked around - a heavy heart at the scale of the devastation and areas where the regeneration is slow due to moveable sands and other factors...and awe at how amazing and resilient nature is," she posted.

"Photos can't do it justice, and for all who can, you should visit to see it for yourself. The well-known attractions of the park such as Remarkable Rocks and Admirals Arch are still there and as absolutely extraordinary as ever."

She also noticed the resilience of the Australian bush, which she said was inspiring as wildflowers are coming back in bushfire burnt areas across the Island.

"While there are areas with little understorey vegetation appearing, there are drifts in other areas that are stunning."

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