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Welcome to the vibrant world of Sow ‘n Sow! Explore our blog as we delve into the art and joy of gardening, sustainable living and the beauty of nurturing seeds to bloom. Discover insightful tips and inspiring stories that celebrate the journey towards a greener, more vibrant world.

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The Significance of Australian Made Certification: Supporting Local Industries and Quality Assurance

In today’s world, we all know how important it is to support local industries that contribute to our country’s economic and social well-being. That’s why the Australian Made certification is such a big deal. It’s a symbol of quality, authenticity, and ethical manufacturing practices that help promote products made within Australia’s borders. Getting this certification

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28 tips to reduce your environmental impact this Christmas
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28 great tips to reduce your environmental impact this Christmas

While Christmas is a magical time of the year, sadly it’s also one of the most wasteful with rubbish volumes increasing in Australia by 30% during this holiday period. The good news is you can reduce your environmental impact this Christmas and enjoy all the wonderful aspects that make this time so special, you just

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Meet Australian artist Laura Horn
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Meet Australian artist Laura Horn

Do you love the artwork that features on our new Giant Gumnut Flower Press? We recently sat down with artist Laura Horn to learn more about her art and her journey to becoming an artist. Find out what sparked Laura’s creative career and what fills her heart with inspiration. Q&A with abstract botanical artist Laura

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10 Sustainable fundraising ideas for schools, charities and individuals
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20 sustainable fundraising ideas for schools, charities and individuals

When it comes to raising funds for a school or charity, there are many wonderful fundraising ideas to help you achieve your goals. But unfortunately, not all fundraising suggestions are environmentally friendly. Some create excess waste, contain plastic or offer gimmick prizes that may end up in landfill. If you’re interested in raising funds without

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35 garden jokes to make your dad laugh this Father’s Day
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35 garden jokes to make your dad laugh this Father’s Day

Dads are good at many things, but they’re especially good at delivering a groan-worthy, pun-laden, can’t-help-but-laugh dad joke. If you want to give your dad a good chuckle this Father’s Day, share these silly but sweet garden jokes and puns with him. He’ll love arming himself with more ‘dad jokes’ to use when the time

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What are pollinator pathways?
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What are pollinator pathways?

It’s widely known that creating a garden filled with flowering plants benefits our native fauna, but have you heard of pollinator pathways? They not only provide wildflower-rich environments for vital pollinators but also help disperse them into new habitats, aiding plant reproduction and mitigating climate change. Find out below how you can help pollinators and

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How flowers get their colours
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How flowers get their colours

Have you ever wondered how flowers get their colours – why roses are red and violets are blue? Science and evolution play a vital yet fascinating role in creating each flower’s unique colours, which help plant species survive. How flowers get their colours Pigments determine a flower’s colour DNA is responsible for each flower’s unique

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Have you heard about migratory beekeepers?
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Have you heard about migratory beekeepers?

You may have heard of hobby and commercial beekeepers who maintain hives for honey and beeswax, but have you heard of migratory beekeepers who manage hives specifically to pollinate crops? They play a critical role in our nation’s food security. Without migratory beekeepers, agriculture around the world would suffer. Australia’s largest mass migration of livestock

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Stunning flower fields and festivals to visit in Australia
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Stunning flower fields and festivals to visit in Australia

Any garden enthusiast would often dream of growing fields of their favourite flowers, but with backyards shrinking and time being taken up with other commitments, a garden overflowing with beautiful flowers can feel more like a pipe dream. Luckily, you can visit a few flower fields and festivals to get your flower fix throughout the

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5 podcasts to elevate your gardening knowledge
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5 podcasts to elevate your gardening knowledge 

Let’s face it, there’s no better feeling than pottering in your garden, but when life prevents you from being outside, you can always fill the void with a gardening podcast. Elevate your gardening knowledge by tuning into these five gardening podcasts this year. Why listen to gardening podcasts? Podcasts are a new form of media

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Where to see spectacular wildflowers in Western Australia
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Where to see spectacular wildflowers in Western Australia

Western Australia is home to one of the largest collections and most impressive displays of wildflowers on Earth. If you’re planning a trip to Western Australia, it’s worth adding a wildflower trail to your itinerary to see these spectacular super blooms. What’s a wildflower super bloom? Have you been lucky enough to see a wildflower

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Sow 'n Sow in Country Style Magazine
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Sow ‘n Sow in Country Style Magazine

I never thought I’d see myself in a stylish magazine but when one of the feature writers, Samantha van Egmond approached me to do a piece for Country Style Magazine I couldn’t turn down the opportunity. The photographer Marnie Hawson came to our place in terribly bright & challenging conditions and requested the linens. Bonnie had

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Sow 'n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2019
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Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2019

For all our trade customers, we are back at Life Instyle again this year and we’ll be in the same location as last year – downstairs at stand 1334. We are super excited to be introducing some new products including something COMPLETELY FRESH and never seen before! Think gardening, think innovative & think eco. Watch

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Sow 'n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2019
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About Sow ‘n Sow & how it all began

We are now 9 years into Sow ‘n Sow’s life and what an adventure it has been. I realised that there may be many new members in our community that do not know me and I wanted to introduce myself as well as explaining why and how Sow ‘n Sow came to be. First of

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Sow 'n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2018
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Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne 2018

We’ll be there! We’re in a different spot this time, stand 1334. We’ve got 3 new Gifts of Seeds to show everyone plus some exciting new Flower Presses! And a few other new things. We look forward to seeing our existing stockists and meeting anyone interested in stocking our products.

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Sow 'n Sow Studio Snaps
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Sow ‘n Sow Studio Snaps

We recently had a local photographer Elliot Swanson from Ground to Kitchen come by the studio to take some snaps for us. Here are a few of my favourites including some lovely snaps in our studio garden. It’s always lovely  to collaborate with local people and we look forward to shooting more with Elliot in

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Sow 'n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne
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Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle Melbourne

We’re exhibiting at Life Instyle again this August in Melbourne over 4 days from August 3 – 6. Visit us at stand #1458 and register your visit at lifeinstyle.com.au/register. We’ll be launching a few new Gifts of Seeds which we’re really excited about and which are absolutely stunning thanks as always to the illustration skills of Daniella Germain.

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Sow ‘n Sow’s new home in Maleny

  Welcome to our re-vamped website! Now that our blog is displaying properly again it’s time for a few catch up posts. We are very excited to now be based in Maleny on the Sunshine Coast. Our new studio is a part of a 5 acre property that used to be an avacado farm. We

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Sow ‘n Sow at Life Instyle

We’re back at Life Instyle again this August in Melbourne! This time we are lucky to have a space downstairs at the Royal Exhibition Building, stand 1458. We are currently busy finalising our new Gift of Seed designs and I can’t wait to launch them at the show. If you’re a current stockist please pop

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New State New Studio

Sow ‘n Sow is now officially a Brisbane based business! Family and warm weather has lured me, my family and the business back home after 10 years abroad and interstate. It was a difficult decision to make, especially leaving our amazing studio at The Mill in Castlemaine and our wonderful team there. But it felt like the

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Hello 2016

It’s the 9th of Feb and finally really feels like the new year. We had such a big end to the year in 2015 with moving our studio to Castlemaine, attending Life Instyle for the first time in years, 6 new staff members, many custom design orders and more orders being shipped for Christmas than

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Life Instyle Melbourne, August 2015

    We’ll be at Life Instyle in Melbourne this August, upstairs at stand 2019 (trade only). We will be launching some exciting new products at the show! If you’d like to make an appointment, email michelle@sownsow.com.au I look forward to seeing you there.  

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We’re moving

Since I moved to Castlemaine last year I have been commuting to Melbourne to the Sow ‘n Sow studio in Fitzroy North. But a fabulous space in an old wool mill in town has become available so we’re getting ready to move our operations to Castlemaine in the middle of August.  We will be leaving

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GPO Melbourne Makers Feature

The lovely Lucy Amon from Melbourne’s GPO came to the Sow ‘n Sow studio on a Saturday morning to take some pics and interview me for the Melbourne Makers series. I was a bit hung over having spent the previous night out on the town (the first since having Bonnie!) so I was a little

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Studio update

Welcome to our new website! We decided it was time for a refresh, a modernisation and a technical upgrade of our online presence so we spent a few months tinkering away in the background before launching the new site in late April. I hope you like it! Other things keeping us busy include Mother’s day

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Studio update: The BIG Design Market!

It has been a busy few months here in the Sow ‘n Sow studio; Michelle has recently made a huge leap and moved to the countryside (- it’s beautiful, we are all very jealous) and Cat has just finished her exams! We’ve been celebrating the recent launch and success of both the Enchanted Garden and

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In the Studio

My sister Madeleine Brady came to hang out at the Sow ‘n Sow studio late last year and while there she tidied up the place and took some photos, lucky me! Maddie is an artist and works for Olsen Irwin gallery in Sydney. She manages and curates Olsen Irwin Works on Paper, Small Paintings and

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Looking back, looking forward

Hello 2014! It’s always nice to do a bit of reflecting in January of what our previous year looked like. 2013 was an exciting year filled with achievements and growth for Sow ‘n Sow, here are a few of the highlights:  Launching our Australian Natives collection Designed in collaboration with Daniella Germain (who’s stunning illustrations

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Leaving for the Country

On the very cold and grey Friday the 13th of September (what a date for a momentous occasion?), my partner Nick and I signed our lives away on a block of land in Chewton, near Castlemaine in country Victoria. For years we’ve been searching for a block where we can create our dream – building

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Henry Hudson Blog

  The lovely Amy Nardi of Henry Hudson took this gorgeous photo of our Happy Birthday Sweet Pea Gift of Seeds and posted a lovely article on Sow ‘n Sow over on the Hunry Hudson blog! Such a pretty pic, I couldn’t resist sharing it here. Thanks very much Amy!

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Greening Laneway Festival with wheat grass

Here are some snaps of the Wheat Grass trays I created for St Jerome’s Laneway Festival in Melbourne. These went into the artist’s area as table centre pieces. The venue is the Footscray Community Arts Centre, a fabulous modern art gallery space. The simple, lush green trays looked great against the white walls and funky

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Creative Theming for Big Day Out Melbourne

Last week was an odd one, we threw ourselves into a last minute creative theming job for Big Day Out’s Wine Bar. Check out our “nest” and pallet creations which came together in 36 degree heat. Thanks so much to Imm, Caja, Mike & Bish for all your help, you’re the best, couldn’t have done

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Project Time

It’s been a year and a half since my sister Maddie and I threw ourselves head first into a massive creative theming project for South Bank in Brisbane (see here and here and here). I’m excited to say that I’m now back in the creative theming driving seat, this time dressing a bar in an

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Happy New Year

Me with fish in hand, doing it tough on Moreton Island, December 2012. After a divine 2 week holiday in Queensland I am now back in the studio and enjoying the relative quiet. We were incredibly busy throughout November and December which was invigorating and wonderful, but left us with little chance to do a

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Studio inspiration

We have just moved into a wonderful, light filled studio in Fitzroy North and I’m dreaming up ways to transform the space into a plant-filled oasis. Like any professional procrastinator, I turned to pinterest to while away a few short hours and here’s some of the highlights. Studio neighbour Lauren McIvor wants a swing. How about

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Mathilde Roussel

Amazing organic installations by French artist Mathilde Roussel. Exploring nature and physical life, Mathilde is interested in the cyclic metamorphoses that transform organic matter, whether vegetable, animal or human.  Another incredible example of living artworks which I find incredibly powerful!

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Moss Graffiti by Anna Garforth

Anna Garthforth is an installation artist known for her incredible typographic moss installations. Her ‘Grow’ moss typography is a pinterest/ blogging world favourite – I’m sure many have seen that one before (pictured below). I contacted Anna to ask her permission to post photos from her website and she kindly sent me these photos of

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Mini Rooftop Garden by Bengamin

Here’s a cool little rooftop garden created by Melbourne designer Ben Osborn-Macpherson. Ben always wanted a rooftop garden but only has a 1x3m balcony, so he made this mini version out of one of his stencils. It looks great doesn’t it! Mainly I think because the stencil is really good, so you have a great

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Florist – Pomp and Splendour

On Saturday I dressed up like a lady and set out for High Tea at the Windsor Hotel to celebrate a friends impending elopement! There I met the lovely florist Petra from Pomp and Splendour whose work is far too beautiful not to share with you here! Petra does flamboyant floristry for events, photo shoots and

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Artist Patrick Dougherty

I’ve been a big fan of this kind of artwork since starting Sow ‘n Sow and discovering the book Natural Architecture by Alessandro Rocca. And I have previously featured the amazing work of Mikael Hansen, one of the other artists featured in the book. But here’s some more incredible works, this time by Patrick Dougherty. Patrick weaves

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Blog – Flyerverteiler

My sister Maddie has a very nice blog going on and it is updated daily with design inspiration from around the world. Although Maddie, like me, was born and raised in Australia with no German heritage to speak of, unlike me, she thinks she is part German. She’s been living in Germany for the past

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Fabulous Figs

I may be just a little bit obsessed with figs at the moment.  Ask any of my friends and they will all have heard of the fig enterprise I had planned for the weekend. It all started when I heard that my friend Chelsea’s (the one who grew the amazing giant Russian sunflowers!) massive fig

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The Garden of St Erth

On a lovely, cool late summer’s day my parents, partner and I visited the historic Diggers Club Garden of St Erth in Blackwood, Victoria. These gardens had been on my to-do list for years and as a Diggers Club member I’d heard a lot about it. It was also St Erth’s Autumn Festival so we enjoyed

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Professional shots from Regional Flavours

We just received these professional photos from South Bank in Brisbane, taken during Regional Flavours last year. That’s me (Michelle) at the top in our stall during the event, then Maddie, then a closeup shot of one of our pallet garden beds, and the Junior Masterchef contestants sitting beside a pallet garden. They are such

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Mary Mary Quite Contrary

…how does your garden grow? Here are some pics from my garden, all items grown from Sow ‘n Sow seed of course! The marigolds have taken over our veggie patch and have been in full bloom since December. The oregano is lovely and bushy and a bunch of healthy new seedlings appeared recently. We have

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Stylin ‘n Sow

Looking back through our photo shoot with the wonderful stylist and photographer Emily Jade Barr, I found some lovely shots which had near been forgotten! Wishing everyone a happy Christmas/ New Year break. We will be back on board on the 10th of January and are looking forward to a full year of sowing goodness!

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