A day to relish!
Fun, games and hilarity at our recent Gardening Australia lunch
On your marks, get set, go! A crowd of 200 watched as Costa Georgiadis, Phil Dudman and audience volunteers set to work on pots of buxus to see who could craft the best topiary in five minutes. Sophie Thomson roamed with the microphone, egging them on, and trying to work out what the various shapes were (among them were a square, hearts and a wild chook – guess who did that one!).
The topiary contest was just one of the highlights of a reader lunch held at Le Montage, a riverfront venue in Sydney’s Lilyfield. The event kicked off with glasses of bubbly, downed while jotting down questions for the Q&A panel, and queuing for photos with Costa and Sophie. Once seated, we were off on a rollicking ride of stories, anecdotes, games and giveaways. There were talks from Sophie, who expanded on her TED Talk on ‘saving the world with gardening’, and Costa who, among other things, performed a funny re-enactment of a day on set, filming in a garden for the TV show.
Among the games and talks and hilarity, our horticultural editor Phil Dudman manned the mic, keeping the mood buoyant. Guests got to know each other over good food, wine, and some rather lovely flower centrepieces thrown together by ad manager Anabel Tweedale and helpers. Later on, horticulturists Elizabeth Swane and Judy Horton joined Costa and Sophie on stage for a lively Q&A session, which came to an amusing close with a question from a reader identified only as Emma – “Costa, will you marry me?”
It was smiles all round as readers left with prizes, flowers, books and goodie bags for everyone. Many thanks to all who attended, and to our generous sponsors and prize givers – Fiskars, Gardena, Quell, Tesselaar, Wagner, Garden Express and Seasol. And to those readers who missed out on this lunch, take heart… We will do lunch again, one day. Watch this space!