Hey there! I’m Gardenette Chloe Thomson.
Talking plants and gardening makes me happy. My backyard is my sanctuary – a place to grow food, watch flowers bloom and enjoy getting my hands dirty. I’m Chloe Thomson, a horticulturalist, gardening presenter and self confessed plant nut.
I grew up on a small hobby farm surrounded by veggie gardens, chickens, horses and lots of wide open spaces. And I reckon this has influenced my love of garden and the outdoors. When I finished high school I knew I couldn’t get an office job that would tie me to a desk, so I went on to study a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and then a Graduate Diploma of Horticulture.
My roles in the gardening and horticulture industry have been wide and varied – fresh out of uni I worked for the strawberry industry and part of my job included tasting mountains of strawberries for the breeding program! I’ve worked in sales and communications roles for several popular gardening brands and given talks and presentations to a huge range of audiences.
For 5 years I was a TV presenter on The Garden Gurus and I’ve now created my own online gardening video series ‘The Gardenettes’ with my friend and business partner Melissa King.
My own backyard is a sloping, quarter acre block in the outer Melbourne suburbs. When I moved in with my husband and 2 young boys 6 years ago – there wasn’t a single plant in the garden – NOT ONE! But now it’s a developing and changing oasis of edible plants, natives, flowers and smaller green spaces. Like all good gardens it will probably never be finished – but it’s just the way I like it. Always tinkering and always gardening.
In March 2020, I was appointed the host of the new podcast series ‘Staying Grounded’ – as a new gardening series the podcast has been received very well and has ranked the top 1st or 2nd home and garden podcast in Australia since starting.
Tune in to the podcast here: https://www.bunnings.com.au/staying-grounded or search for it wherever you normally find your podcasts.
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