Gar­den guru helps green thumbs at show

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - NEWS - Sam Gibbs

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.”

Pic­ture: Sam Gibbs

Burekup res­i­dent Dawn Howe­smith asks Sab­rina Hahn for some gar­den­ing tips at the Brunswick Show.

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