In the glorious greenhouse that is my life, there are a bounty of friendships that plant, bloom, harvest or go to seed, just like the cycle of life. I have had the great pleasure of fertilising many a laugh with my friend Elisabeth for plenty of apple seasons, and although we do not enjoy the fruit of our labour together as often as we might like, I have happily watched her oasis blossom from afar.
Elisabeth, an energetic wife, mother of two, mad keen gardener and now a social media gardening personality. Elisabeth has worked extensively in both the entertainment and recruitment industries and most recently in local government but she has always had a passion for gardening. Elisabeth decided that it was time to turn her passion into a business. And so “Garden Girl” was born!
Along with the enthusiastic assistance of her husband Brett, a guitarist and renowned YouTube guitar-gear demonstrator, Elisabeth creates relaxed and informative garden-based videos that cover everything from her own beautiful garden on the Mornington Peninsula to those of talented friends and local garden destinations.
Elisabeth also offers a garden advice and consulting service to those wanting to broaden or make improvements to their gardens. There are many people out there who would love a beautiful garden but are unsure perhaps where to even begin: this is an area where Elisabeth can help and advise.
The Garden Girl brand and online entity are in their infancy at the time of writing. But you can bet it won’t take long until GG is a well known force in the world of gardening and the media in general.
Grow get ‘em, Garden Girl!Print
How to Eat, Plant, Grow with Garden Girl
What’s your survival food after a day in the garden?
I am a constant muncher! I eat raw nuts (almonds, walnuts, cashews) as I work in the garden to give me energy and drink loads of water. I also make my own Bircher muesli which I have for breakfast each day.
What’s your healthy go-to comfort food?
I don’t think you can beat the freshness and delicious flavours of Vietnamese food which I absolutely love! Not only does it taste great it’s also full of vitamins and minerals so gives me a good energy boost. My go-to comfort food when we are at our favourite Vietnamese restaurant is prawn rice paper rolls and beef in wild betel leaves.
Do you have a secret recipe that keeps your hands and body in shape?
I garden both for my enjoyment and to keep in shape. It definitely keeps me fit. My hands get a good work out too so I make sure I wear hardy garden gloves and pile on Aesop’s Resurrection Aromatique hand balm every night.
Who would you most like to have dinner with? Dead or alive and why?
I love nothing more than a relaxed, no fuss dinner with my family and close friends, especially when my husband, the creative foodie of our family, is cooking!
What is your ‘can’t live without’ garden gadget?
My garden gloves! I’m very tactile in the garden and tend to use my hands more than any implement so the gloves are a necessity.
Which plant makes you the happiest?
The hydrangea. The massive and colourful blooms of the hydrangea flower bring a smile to my face as they remind me of my mum’s 1960’s petalled swimming caps.