Don Thomson

About Don Thomson

Don Thomson is the Principle of Gardenridge, Landscape Company based in Melbourne. Don has tertiary qualifications in Forest Science, Urban Planning and Landscape Architecture. He also has been involved with Landscaping Victoria, as treasurer for 3 years, and with the Landscape Industry of Australia as treasurer for 3 years. Over the years Don has been a regular guest speaker on radio 3AW Gardening program and he has written for the Melbourne weekly publication.

Keeping a promise….

While holidaying in Vietnam in 2010, I spent a couple of days helping out at the Da Nang Social Support Centre. This centre caters for people that are unable to look after themselves because of bad health, they are too young, or too old, or just too poor.

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I kept my promise: garden skills to give independence in Vietnam

It was almost a month later when I arrived back in Melbourne, and well into September although the icy fingers of winter still hung on. Only 24 hours earlier I was travelling to DaNang airport in Vietnam with a tropical storm brewing in the South China Sea. A fierce wind bent over trees along the roadside and a warm rain slammed horizontally against the taxi windscreen. My flight was delayed a few hours while the storm past to the east. Continue reading