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Gardening Australia provides practical, realistic, and credible horticultural and gardening advice, inspiring and entertaining all Australian gardeners around the nation.

Presented by Australia’s leading horticultural expert Costa Georgiadis and his team, Gardening Australia is a valuable resource to all gardeners.

Episode – 1

On the Verge
Costa Georgiadis
New host, Costa introduces an inspirational community project which will be the cornerstone of Gardening Australia for the year.  He will transform his nature strip into a productive and playful garden for the whole street to use and enjoy.  He kicks it all off by bringing the community together to build a no-dig vegie garden.
A TRIUMPH OVER SAND
Jane Edmanson
Jane visits a gardener in a bay-side suburb of Melbourne who has spent over fifty years creating her lush and colourful oasis in almost pure sand.
THE VEGIE PATCH
Tino Carnevale & Costa Georgiadis
Costa travels to Hobart’s Royal Botanical Gardens to catch up with Tino and find out what is happening in the vegie patch, get some advice about what to plant on the verge and do a bit of harvesting.
THE ITALIAN FEAST
Costa and Tino take the harvest from the vegie patch and take a drive to Tino’s Mum and Dad where they cook up an Italian feast.

Episode – 2

On the Verge
Costa Georgiadis
Costa introduces his chickens and builds a mobile ‘chook tractor’ to enlist their help clearing the weeds on the verge.  He and the community also plant the first crop of vegies in the new no-dig garden.
Ned’s Grand Plan
Sophie Thomson
Sophie meets a young gardener whose passion for plants has grown into a productive plan for his future.
Autumn Jobs 
Josh Byrne
Josh is getting stuck into some timely autumn maintenance including pruning, rejuvenating his little lawn and clearing some dead wood.
A Garden for Play 
Colin Campbell
Colin meets a couple who have created a playful and interactive garden to inspire their children to be outdoors.

Episode – 3

Building Community
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry meets a Vietnam vet who has converted a wasteland into a vibrant and productive garden for the local community.
On the Verge
Costa Georgiadis
Costa installs a simple watering system to supply the growing verge garden.

Gardening for Life 
Jane Edmanson
Jane visits a thriving market garden in Melbourne and meets the gardener who has farmed a piece of Melbourne’s history for over 65 years.
Picking Local Plants
Costa Georgiadis
Costa talks to a native plant expert to find out about the original landscape of the Bondi area and pick out some local species to plant on the verge.
Plants and Ponds
Josh Byrne
Josh visits a large productive water plant nursery to see how plants keep ponds clean and healthy.

Episode – 4

On the Verge
Costa Georgiadis
Costa makes the most of the sunniest spot on the verge by planting a Mediterranean herb maze.
Going Green
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry takes advantage of the best growing season in the sub-tropics by planting fast growing Asian Greens.
Get the Tropical Look
Sophie Thomson
Sophie looks at a range of tropical looking plants perfectly suited to dry climate gardens.
Banksias in Bloom
Josh Byrne
Josh visits King’s Park to check out this iconic group of plants and marvel at some beauties.
A Difficult Block
Colin Campbell
Colin visits a couple who have converted a series of awkward and exposed spaces into colourful garden rooms.
The Vegie Patch
Tino Carnevale
Tino looks at some of his successful experiments in The Vegie Patch and starts another, this time planting citrus in cool Tassie.

Episode – 5

On the Verge : Compost
Costa Georgiadis
Costa shows us his fantastic compost recipe using ingredients from the community.
Magic Mushrooms
Tino Carnevale
Keen to grow mushrooms at home, Tino meets a mushroom farmer in Tasmania to get some ideas.
Home at Last
John Patrick
John discovers a beautiful garden in Melbourne that blends a formal garden design with the informality of surrounding bush.
A World Within a World
Angus Stewart and Costa Georgiadis
Costa and Angus take a closer look at the millions of individual organisms in compost and show us how to troubleshoot compost problems.
A Day At The Zoo
Jane Edmanson
Jane heads to the Melbourne zoological gardens to discover how all the waste is handled.

Episode – 6

Worm Farming
Costa Georgiadis
Costa visits a passionate recycler to find out how to turn household scraps into food for plants and soil.
Predators Wanted
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry plants a range of species to attract predator insects to help keep pests under control.
Olives & Naked Ladies
Sophie Thomson
Sophie plants a dramatic and drought tolerant new entrance to her house garden.
Baskets of Colour
Colin Campbell
Colin shows how to plant productive and colourful hanging baskets to attract pollinating insects into any space, no matter the size.
Animal Attraction
Josh Byrne
Josh meets a carpenter who has turned his skills to building habitat and housing for a diverse range of animals.

Episode – 7

A New Verge
Costa Georgiadis
Costa heads down the street to help a few families get started on their very own verge garden full of vegies, herbs and Australian natives.
Autumn Work
Tino Carnevale
Tino harvests the last tomatoes, clears zucchini plants from the garden beds and does a spot of autumn fruit tree maintenance.
Vegie Guide
Find out what to plant in your climate zone
A Promise to Mum
Josh Byrne
Josh drops in on his mum to show us her stunning courtyard garden and home sanctuary that has been artfully designed for the seaside climate of Fremantle.
Sophie’s Tribe
Sophie Thomson & Costa Georgiadis
Costa visits Sophie to take a tour of her new garden to see how it’s going and find out what her plans are. He also meets her five kids.
Planting for Winter
Tino plants some of the toughest, most productive and flavoursome winter vegies: the onions and the cabbages.

Episode – 8

On the Verge: Traffic
Costa Georgiadis
Costa builds paths around and through the verge to prevent plants being trampled, and to allow car doors to open.
The Palm Lady
Jane Edmanson
Jane visits a passionate gardener who has filled her garden with palms from all over the world, and what’s more remarkable is that she’s done this in cool climate Melbourne.
Potted Fruit
Colin Campbell
Colin plants small fruit trees in containers for easy access and low maintenance, so no matter how small a garden fruit is still possible.
A Cool House
Angus Stewart
Angus checks out a Sydney house and garden designed to be energy efficient and sustainable and which makes brilliant use of local plants to reduce the energy demands of the house.
Grand Designs
John Patrick
John visits a spectacular Italian style villa on the Victorian coast which within the formal design incorporates the production of fruit, vegetables and herbs.

Episode – 9

On the Verge: First Harvest
Costa Georgiadis
Costa and the kids are picking the first harvest from the verge, which they distribute to the residents of the street.
A Helping Hand
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry met his neighbour Chass when he moved to Wynnum 8 years ago and now the pair share the harvest of their gardens, as well as knowledge and advice.
Good Companions
Tino Carnevale
Tino is planting companion vegies, herbs and flowers that thrive under similar conditions and which bring benefits to help each other thrive.
Growing Community
Jane Edmanson
Jane is at one of her favourite gardens in Mornington Peninsular where the locals have transformed a disused paddock into a thriving place for the community to grow vegetables and share their harvest.
Sharing the load
Colin Campbell
Colin visits a neighbourhood in the Brisbane hinterland where two families have bonded over their love of gardening.
Frank & Fred
Costa Georgiadis
Costa visits neighbours in Wollongong’s industrial heartland who have shared a fence, friendship and their gardens for over forty years.

Episode – 10

Ron’s Place
Josh Byrne
Josh visits Ron Watkins, a third generation farmer in the Great Southern Region of WA, who over the last 30 years has transformed his approach to farming by dealing with the issues of salinity, water management and organics.  As a result, he is a changed farmer.
Food, Glorious Food
Sophie Thomson
Sophie visits a small scale mixed farm on the outskirts of Adelaide that has been cleverly designed to make productive use of the local climate, site and resources.    Based on permaculture principles, many of the features can be used in the home garden.
Healing The Land
Costa Georgiadis
Costa visits an innovative young couple in country Victoria who have restored their land by working with and mimicking nature, the lessons of which can be easily applied by all gardeners.
The Road Less Travelled
Josh Byrne
In Josh’s follow up story with Ron Watkins, Josh visits the local farmers market, which Ron helped establish.  Josh finds out why he did it, the tole it plays in the community and how his connections with people fuel his passion for organics and the land.

Episode – 11

The Colour of Autumn
John Patrick
John visits the Dandenong Ranges in Victoria to look at the spectacular autumn colour, find out why it happens and pick out a few of his favourite trees.
Court in the Shade
Costa Georgiadis & Angus Stewart
Angus visits Costa on the verge and helps an old friend of Costa’s plant out their shady courtyard.
A Shady Patch
Tino Carnevale
Tino plants a shady spot in the patch with vegies that will produce a crop in low light conditions.
The Vegie Guide
Costa Georgiadis
Find out what to plant in your vegie garden based on your climate zone.
A Potty Affair
Colin Campbell
Colin meets a passionate gardener in Brisbane with an extraordinary collection of shade loving plants in pots.
The Hills Are Alive!
Jane Edmanson
Jane travels to the Yarra Valley to meet a gerbera grower to find out how he produces colourful flowers all year round

Episode – 12

A Bountiful Balcony
Costa Georgiadis
Costa visits Indira Naidoo in inner Sydney to see how she has transformed her 13th floor balcony into a productive garden.
Home Among the Gum Trees
Josh Byrne
Josh visits the home garden of Perth’s botanical royalty to see what is in their own small shady backyard.
Prepping for Winter
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry gets to work to ensure he gets the best from his garden throughout winter in the subtropics.
An Ancient Landscape
Tino Carnevale
Tino visits a couple whose collection of rare and unusual plants echo’s our ancient landscape – when Australia was part of Gondwana.
A Home Supermarket
Costa Georgiadis
Costa travels to the Adelaide Hills to meet a pair of passionate gardeners who have established a wildly productive fruit and veg garden.

Episode – 13

On the Verge: Creating Waves
Costa Georgiadis
Costa’s on the verge with his neighbour planting a range of colourful winter veggies in a wavy pattern.
Building for Bugs
Josh Byrne
Josh is building specialised habitat to attract a range of critters into his son’s play area.
Bespoke Vegies
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry profiles some of his favourite home grown vegies that are hard to find at the green grocers.
Zoo with a View
Sophie Thomson
Sophie visits Adelaide Zoo to see how they have increased their garden space using the roofs of their buildings.
A Growing Menagerie
Jane Edmanson
Jane uncovers a gardener who has snipped and shaped his garden into a topiary wonderland in Melbourne’s West.

Episode – 14

Growing Health
Angus Stewart
Angus meets a bloke who suffered a mid-life health scare and turned to the garden to successfully transform his diet and his health.
Warding off the Cold
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry demonstrates how to grow some tried and true plants to help tackle the symptoms of a common cold.
Bringing Back the Bush
Costa Georgiadis
Costa meets a volunteer group who are working to bring the native bushland on the Shores of Sydney Harbour back to health.
The Vegie Guide
What to plant in the vegie patch in your climate zone.
Amanda’s Garden
Josh Byrne
Josh meets a couple who have created a spectacular garden as a memorial for their daughter.

Episode – 15

Let There be Light
Costa Georgiadis
Costa removes an invasive tree species to allow more light to fuel the vegies on the verge.
Back from the Brink
Tino Carnevale
Tino meets a couple who have restored a formal garden on a windy wheat-belt, about an hour north of Hobart, for the whole community to enjoy.
Gimme Shelter
Sophie Thomson
Sophie is planting a number of windbreaks, to provide shelter to her vegie patch and orchard in the season to come and beyond.
A Rainforest Retreat
Josh Byrne
Josh visits a gardener who has spent over 40 years creating a secluded rainforest retreat to hide away from Perth’s hot and dry climate.
Beside the Seaside
Jane Edmanson
Jane Edmanson visits a creative couple who have built a lush, layered garden only a block from the beach.

Episode – 16

Schools In!
Costa Georgiadis
Costa helps a local school make productive use of small sunny space by helping to install an aquaponics system.
Picking a Winner
Tino Carnevale
Tino shows us how to select nursery stock that will perform best in the garden.
From Small Beginnings
Sophie Thomson
Sophie meets Tori Moreton who started an inspiring project for new gardeners to grow their own vegies.
Starting a Verge
Costa Georgiadis
Costa lists the requirements for getting a verge garden started.
Sitting Pretty
Josh Byrne
Josh builds a multi-purpose seat in the garden out of waste materials.
A Sucker for Salvias
John Patrick
John meets a gardener with a passion for salvias, one of the easiest colourful plants to grow in the garden.

Episode – 17

Helping Hands
Costa Georgiadis
Costa jumps on board with the Canterbury Garden Care volunteers to lend a hand assisting a passionate older gardener.
Bomb-Proof Beauties
Colin Campbell
Colin picks his favourite plants for beginners and explains how best to use them.
The Next Generation
Tino Carnevale
Tino is out in the patch keeping fit during winter, digging in compost and planting the strongest crops for the season to come.
Growing a Gardener
Jerry Coleby-Williams
Jerry shares some of the best gardening tips he learned from his grandfathers.
Educating Angus
Angus Stewart
Angus drops in on his old horticultural lecturer Dr Bill Greenhalgh and checks out the thriving community garden Bill is overseeing at the retirement village.

Episode – 18

Hunter Gatherer
Jane Edmanson
Jane meets the curator in charge of the diverse collection of Southern Chinese plants at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne to find out the story behind it.
Meat the Plants
Sophie Thomson
Sophie meets an obsessive collector and breeder of carnivorous plants, who’s travelled the world in search of the weirdest varieties.
A Bounty of Begonias
Costa Georgiadis
Costa visits the stomping ground of the NSW Begonia Society to find out why they love begonias.
The Vegie Guide
What to plant in the vegie patch in your climate zone.
Collecting Across the Continent
Josh Byrne
Josh meets a man with an incredible and unexpected collection of eremophila whose passion has seen him travel the country in an attempt to complete his collection.