Gardening Australia

Time Schedule

Tue 21:30 | Wed 09:30 | Thu 13:30 | Fri 17:30

Overview

The vast continent of Australia provides Gardening Australia with an endless variety of locations, climactic conditions and plant species. The series regularly features stories from remote and naturally beautiful regions including National Parks and Botanic Gardens. There are practical tips on organic gardening, recycling, pruning, container gardening and the like. Individual plants, trees and shrubs are ‘profiled’ so that even armchair gardeners can become expert botanists.

The series has six regular presenters including host, Costa Georgiadis. They are highly qualified horticulturalists, environmentalists, botanists but more than anything else they are passionate gardeners!

02 – 08: Episode 7

Pots of Produce

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh visits a gardener who has overcome competition from large trees and a lack of space using pots – and lots of them!

Feathering the Nest

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino adds some creature comforts to his chicken run before introducing them to their new home.

A Garden in the Sky

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa visits an apartment block where the residents are making connections with each other by growing vegetables high above the city streets.

Potted Success

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh shows how to beef up potting mix to get the best results from potted plants.

Small Spaces, Big Ideas

  • John Patrick
    John Patrick visits an inspirational, plant-filled garden designed to get the most out of its small space.

Episode 8

It Comes Down to Love

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa meets an inner city Sydney couple whose love for keeping bees has changed their lives in unexpected ways.

Savouring Seed

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino visits a passionate seed-saving gardener in Tassie to learn how best to harvest and store seed at home.

The Art of Preservation

  • Jane Edmanson
    Jane visits the headquarters of the Victorian CWA to pick up some pointers for making the most of the garden glut.

More Than Food

Jerry

  • Coleby-Williams
    Jerry shows how he uses a variety of plants to sustain his garden’s vitality as well as his own.

A Passion for Produce

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh meets a couple who are making the most of the wide variety of fruit, nuts and vegetables they harvest all year round.

Episode 9

Growing Resilience

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa is visiting a farm in NSW that is providing skills and opportunity for people by teaching them how to grow fruit and vegetables.

Ten Years On…

  • Jerry Coleby-Williams
    Jerry demonstrates how he transformed a harsh, unproductive site into a resilient organic garden that has thrived in Brisbane’s climatic extremes.

A Lifeline

  • Angus StewartAngus meets a gardener whose sense of loss drove her to create a garden that has been a life-affirming experience.

The French Connection

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie discovers a vibrant gardener who has created a slice of provincial France in regional South Australia.

Fighting for Survival

  • Angus Stewart
    Angus visits the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne to investigate what’s being done to ensure the survival of one of the city’s most iconic trees.

Episode 10

Special – Canberra
In Gardening Australia’s second special for the year, Costa, Sophie and Angus visit Canberra to explore the art of gardening and the science of horticulture by visiting some of the nation’s most innovative institutions.

Representing Australia

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie visits the Australian National Botanic Gardens to find out how plants from all around country are being grown in Canberra’s challenging climate.

100 Forests

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa visits the National Arboretum to investigate their collection of rare, threatened and culturally significant trees and learns about their efforts to preserve them for future generations.

Living the Land

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa meets a Ngunnawal ranger to learn how traditional owners managed Canberra’s landscape for thousands of years, and how the same techniques are still being passed down and used today.

A Centenary Bell

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie finds out about the Canberra Centenary floral emblem from the man who bred it. The Next FrontierAngus StewartAngus is visiting CSIRO’s Black Mountain Laboratories to discover how the scientists are looking below the ground to find ways to improve crop production, as well as how their groundbreaking research can help gardeners at home.

Episode 11

A Fresh Start

  • Jerry Coleby-Williams
    Jerry helps out a young gardener, whose garden was wiped out in the most recent Queensland floods, by showing him how to propagate plants.

Working Worms

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh shows how he keeps conditions inside his worm farm optimal to maintain a healthy and productive population of worms.

A Bit at a Time

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie shares the grand plan for her garden’s future, and shows how breaking down a plan into smaller jobs can save you time and money in the long run.

A Living Legend

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino is in North Western Tasmania visiting a gardener whose love of gardening is firmly rooted in organic practices.

Using Pyrethrum

  • Jerry Coleby-Williams
    Jerry shows how he uses pyrethrum in his garden to target insect pests, while sparing beneficial insects.

Small is Beautiful

  • Jane Edmanson
    Jane visits a gardener in Melbourne’s west whose small yard is no limit to growing a large number of plants.

Episode 12

Feeding the Firemen

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa helps out his local fire station by extending their vegetable garden and choosing a variety of plants to put in it.

Pushing the Boundaries

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie visits a gardener whose enthusiasm for growing fruit has led him to plant orchards in neighbouring backyards.

Josh’s Country

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh details his long connection to Perth’s Coastal Plain and how the landscape & its plants have shaped him as a gardener.

A Rivulet Runs Through It

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino meets a gardener whose awareness of the environment beyond her backyard has led her to adopt and help rehabilitate a local waterway.

Echoes of the Past

  • Jane Edmanson
    Jane explores a historic village in the heart of Melbourne’s northern suburbs to find out about the surrounding gardens and their history.
  • Feeding the Firemen: Costa helps out his local fire station by extending their vegetable garden and choosing a variety of plants to put in it.
  • Pushing the Boundaries: Sophie visits a gardener whose enthusiasm for growing fruit has led him to plant orchards in neighbouring backyards.
  • Josh’s Country: Josh details his long connection to Perth’s Coastal Plain and how the landscape & its plants have shaped him as a gardener.
  • A Rivulet Runs Through It: Tino meets a gardener whose awareness of the environment beyond her backyard has led her to adopt and help rehabilitate a local waterway.
  • Echoes of the Past: Jane explores a historic village in the heart of Melbourne’s northern suburbs to find out about the surrounding gardens and their history.

Episode 13

Seeing the Signs

  • Jerry Coleby-Williams
    Jerry shows how he uses the plants in his garden as reliable indicators of seasonal change in Brisbane’s unpredictable climate.

Produce to the People

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino discovers a community program on the north-west coast of Tasmania that collects excess backyard produce and distributes it to those in need.

Man on a Mission

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh meets a gardener who has turned an eyesore into a hotspot of diversity for plants as well as local wildlife.

All in the Family

  • Angus Stewart
    Angus demonstrates how knowing your plant families can help ensure success in the garden.

Growing Opportunity

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa visits a nursery that’s all about encouraging the wellbeing of its staff, as well as providing them with opportunities for employment.

Episode 14

Josh’s Place

  • Josh Byrne and Costa Georgiadis
    Costa visits Josh in Perth to meet his family and then have a look at the progress on Josh’s new home and garden.

Kid-Proof Plants

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie is giving the area around her kids’ sandpit a facelift with some tough plants that will survive a bit of rough and tumble.

Planting for Play

  • John Patrick
    John explores a schoolyard garden that is designed to be a play space filled with interesting plants and challenging elements to stimulate and engage young minds.

A Family Affair

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino is working in his parents’ vegetable plot, giving some advice on propagating perennial vegetables, and the whole family gets together to help out.

Episode 15

Tried and True

  • Jerry Coleby-Williams
    Jerry shows how he uses a variety of old methods for making compost, as well as the many ways he puts it to use around the garden.

Good Garden Design

  • John Patrick
    John and a fellow garden designer explore a newly planted garden to discuss the basic principles of successful garden design.

Keep up the Colour

  • Jane Edmanson
    Jane is looking at some of her favourite plants for winter colour and has some tips on how to choose and care for them to ensure an extended display.

Plant Nutrition

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino plants out some winter crops and shows how to provide for their differing nutritional requirements.

A Shady Paradise

  • Angus Stewart
    Angus discovers a gardener who has overcome the challenges of a sloped and shady site to create a diverse and interesting native garden.

Episode 16

Growing Blueberries

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino’s planting out blueberries and shares some tips on creating the right soil conditions for them to thrive.

Native Fruit

  • Angus Stewart
    Angus visits a local gardener to learn about native fruits, including some unique varieties and how to propagate them.

An Edible Jungle

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa discovers a couple in Perth who have transformed their bare block into a productive edible jungle.

A Formative Prune

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie enlists the help of a fruit tree expert to get some advice on shaping the young trees in her new orchard.

Flying Gardeners

  • Jerry Coleby-Williams
    Jerry finds out how to protect productive trees in a way that keeps both fruit and flying foxes safe.

Episode 17

Special – Islands

In our third special for the year, Gardening Australia explores the unique culture of islands – from the Tiwis to Tassie.

Tiwi College

  • Costa Georgiadis & Clarence Slockee
    Costa and Clarence get an insight into the cultural role that the Tiwi College plays in island life.

Cultural Connection

  • Costa & Clarence
    The Jilimara Arts Centre on Melville Island is a hub of traditional artistry, and Costa and Clarence discover that plants are at the centre of it all.

Plants of the Sea

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino is exploring underwater kelp forests in Tassie, taking a dive with a leading marine biologist to learn more about these unique plants and their future.

Farming for the Islands

  • Costa & Clarence
    Costa and Clarence drop in on Milikapiti Farm, where the locals are growing fresh fruit and vegetables to ensure a constant supply to the island community.

The Next Generation

  • Costa and Clarence
    Costa and Clarence head into the bush with some junior Tiwi rangers and find out how the next generation is learning to manage the land.

Episode 18

A Practical Edge

  • Costa Georgiadis
    Costa shows how easy it is to lay paving and get creative with some simple, DIY techniques.

Josh’s Dream

  • Josh Byrne
    Josh shares the overall plan for his future home and garden, and gets stuck into planting some advanced trees.

The Best Start

  • Tino Carnevale
    Tino demonstrates a number of different planting techniques to get a variety of plants off to a flying start.

The New Beginning

  • Sophie Thomson
    Sophie meets a gardener whose recently-discovered love of plants has transformed his home garden.

A Pathway for the Future

  • Jane Edmanson
    Jane visits a prison where gardening is being used to help disadvantaged prisoners acquire skills on their road to rehabilitation.