At a very enjoyable Garden History Conference in Adelaide in 2015, the bus tours took us to the Hills one day. Two of the gardens we visited could not have been more different: one was formally planned with tall cupressus hedges, few flowers, and nary a twig out of place. I did note one small weed on the gravel paths (because I’m like that, but I didn’t mention it to the owner – didn’t want to get the gardener the sack), and scarcely anything growing in the vegie patch. The next was a garden bursting with life: food plants, flowers, birds and insects. Yep, you guessed it: this was Sophie’s Patch.