Plant Life Balance

Celebrating IWD with five inspiring women of the garden

Happy International Women’s Day! Allow us to introduce you to some of our favourite female heroes who are absolutely THRIVING in the world of plants.

Did you know that International Women’s Day has been around since the early 1900’s? This globally-celebrated day, March 8, is all about championing the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women around the world and throughout history.

It’s no secret that the world of plants and gardening is full of amazing women. For this IWD, learn a bit more about some of our favourite green gals and what we think makes them so special!

Emma Sadie Thompson

Based in Adelaide, Emma Sadie Thompson is a plant stylist, landscape designer and residential commercial designer by trade – as well as an all-round expert in adding a splash of green into any space. Need help maintaining the plants Emma has lovingly selected and established for you? No problem! She can do that too.

Sarah Bell

Sarah Bell is the owner and Creative Director of the one-and-only Stackwood community-come-concept-venue in Perth. Starting with a boutique homeware store 2010, Sarah was soon ready to take on the next challenge and transformed a former diesel factory into a hybrid creative-community learning space – Stackwood – which is now home to an impressive collection of large plants, workshops, food swaps, garage sales and so much more.

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* PLANT DROP * We've had a fresh plant drop with lots of interesting species from those with delicate leaves to big lush statement plants. We've got big bad boy #syngonium's on coir poles (as pictured) as well as tall #ficussabre and #ficustineke, beautiful #watermelonpeperomia, little #variegatedsynogonium, fresh #ficuslyrata and #chainofhearts is back in stock. ⁠ ⁠ Jump over to our highlights to see what's new or drop into store this weekend 9am – 4pm 😁⁠ ⁠ Photo @raefallon | #perthisok #botanicalpickmeup #planttherapy #plantsofinstagram #plantlady #livingwithplants #indoorjungle #perthstyle #perthinteriors #plantstyle #urbanjunglebloggers #perthlife #stackwood #onestopplantshop #fremantle #infreo #perthlife #perthsbest #thisisfremantle #shopfreo

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Georgina Reid

It is a truth universally acknowledged that every plant lover in Australia should know Sydney-based Georgina Reid. Georgina is the Creative Director and Editor of internationally-acclaimed online mag The Planthunter. But that’s not all – she is also an author, hort consultant, and a public speaker bringing light to all that is big and green and wonderful at events around the country.

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Today on TPH @theplanthunter founder and editor, Georgina Reid, shares her life lessons with Lucy Munro (@highlandergrounds). ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠"⁠The garden is at the same time human and more-than-human," says Georgina. "There’s few other places I can think of where the big questions of life and its processes are both visible and engaged with by human hands. It’s different to a self-sustaining wilderness area, for example, because the garden requires human input to exist, it needs someone to tend it. It’s different to a farm, because productivity isn’t the only end game – beauty is too. The garden is a place both poetic and pragmatic, and it’s this tension that fascinates me."⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ ⁠Read the full conversation with Georgina on The Planthunter today. Link in bio. Images by @daniel_shipp⁠

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Emma Bowen

Also based in Sydney, Emma Bowen is the Co-founder and General Manager of the much loved Pocket City Farms in Camperdown, a working city farm which has kick-started urban farming in the heart of Sydney’s metropolitan area.

With a background in sustainability, Emma has championed locally-sourced foods and dreams of a future where pocket-sized urban farms will be accessible to all.

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Meet the team // We've never really stopped to introduce ourselves to everyone who has joined us via social media on our little urban farm journey, so here we go…⁠ Each Sunday for the next little while we're going to introduce someone from our team. It's quite the crew so will take us a little while :)⠀ ⠀ I’m kicking things off – I'm Emma Bowen. ⁠I'm chair, co-founder, and co-farm manager of Pocket City Farms. My role has meant running both the board and the Camperdown farm and has been so full and varied it’s a little hard to pin down a description! Until a few months ago I was general manager in a part-time role that wasn’t particularly part-time, and recently managed to increase the role to full-time and our new GM Heather has since taken over. Yay. I’ve had a lot more of a computer glow than a farm tan as a result and my role at PCF is juggled with my role as a mama to our four year old Banjo (he was born roughly the same time we opened the farm. It’s been a hell of a ride 😅). ⁠⠀ ⁠⠀ My background is pretty varied across small business and sustainability – mostly writing about it – and nine years ago I was doing a write up on other urban farms and was inspired to get one happening locally. At the same time Zag was keen to start growing food so we started working on the project, and a few months later met Karen who was shaping up a similar idea, and together we formed Pocket City Farms. I went on to do some permaculture studies and gained experience working on some organic market gardens around Sydney, and have been involved in driving the setup and operations of our little community farm since."⠀ ⁠⠀ ⬇️ cont. in comments. 📷@luisabrimble

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Angharad Johnson

While Anghard Johnson is Melbourne-based, her work has taken her all over the country and world, where she imprints her love for science and herbaria wherever she goes.

She has the unconventional job of digitising specimens at the Royal Botanic Gardens as part of an online collaborative project called the Global Plants Initiative, which aims to assist in the discovery and research of species worldwide. What a dreamy job!

Feeling inspired by these incredible women to also surround yourself with plants everyday? Head to your nearest Plant Life Balance accredited nursery to start building your very own leafy haven!

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