A day to rel­ish!

Fun, games and hi­lar­ity at our re­cent Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia lunch

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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!

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