Sophie Thomson

Inspiring South Australian Women's Award Recipient 2024

Sophie Thomson’s love affair with the environment and gardening was inherited from her plant loving parents whilst growing up and working at the family nursery in the Adelaide Hills.  

With over 35 years hands on experience, her passion for the environment sees her educating and engaging communities in the health, wellbeing and environmental benefits of gardening. In the last 4 years following the 2019 bushfires she has inspired the Kangaroo Island community to increase its community gardens to 4 and raised over $100k+ in product to support them. Much of her ongoing work continues to be with communities affected by natural disasters such as flood and fire.  

Seen on the ABC TV’s Logie winning Gardening Australia for over 20 years, she is heard weekly on ABC’s Radio Adelaide gardening talkback show. As well as her national print media commitments Sophie is an in-demand public speaker at events around Australia. 

Sophie is a board member, ambassador and patron of many organisations including the South Australian Botanic Gardens and State Herbarium.In 2022 she was awarded the Pelzer Prize for her significant environmental efforts and recently honored on the 2023’s SA Women’s Honour Roll.