Garden guru helps green thumbs at show
Celebrity gardener Sabrina Hahn visited the Brunswick Show for the first time to spread some advice and help growers solve their plant problems.
Ms Hahn said it was important for city people to attend agricultural shows to close the divide between urban and rural communities.
“I think urban people don’t understand how much work is involved in producing food, whether it’s milk, lamb on you plate, or vegetables, it’s hard work,” Ms Hahn said.
“It reminds people that there’s people doing hard yakka to put food on your table.”
Ms Hahn said she impressed by the quality of fresh produce and even had grower’s envy towards some of the winners.
“I see that even the schools have put an entry in for the fruit and vegies this year which is just marvellous,” Ms Hahn said.
“It’s a great way for people to have a link to where our food comes from.”
Ms Hahn said her fully packed show provided the chance to see the opportunities and challenges faced by gardening enthusiasts across the region.
“I had some really interesting questions because of course a lot of people are growing their own food at home now, even though you’ve got marvellous producers all around here,” she said. “A lot of people are into their own home gardens, they like to know where the food has come from, what goes on it.
“It’s so rewarding to grow something from a seed and then six weeks later you eat it.”
Ms Hahn said she always enjoyed the detective work involved in helping people with diseased or unidentified plants.
“A lady brought in a part of a tree that I could not recognise and in the very back portals of my brain I know it’s an American deciduous tree and I can’t think of it’s name,” Ms Hahn said.
“It’s driving me insane so the minute I get home I’m going to get out my books to try and ID it.”
Burekup resident Dawn Howesmith asks Sabrina Hahn for some gardening tips at the Brunswick Show.