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!

18 – 24 March: Episode 29

Springing To Life
Costa enlists an army of helpers to help with spring planting more vegies on the verge.

Regenerating Connection
Angus meets a Ranger at Ku-Ring-Gai Chase National Park who works with young men to help them reconnect with their culture.

Nurturing The Landscape
Tino is planting out his front garden with indigenous and rare native plants to create shelter for local wildlife.

Spring Cleaning
Jane takes advantage of the warm spring weather by pruning, feeding and mulching to rejuvenate some tired and overgrown plants.

Flooded With Help
Jerry meets a gardener in Brisbane who, with the help of some dedicated volunteers, has rebuilt his garden after the devastating 2011 floods.

Episode 30

Marion’s Sanctum
Josh meets an Australian horticultural legend in Perth who has spent her lifetime creating sanctuaries for both people and plants.

Growing Up
John visits an inner city garden perched high above the streets of Melbourne.

A Suburban Retreat
Costa meets a passionate gardener who’s created her own sanctuary in the Western suburbs of Sydney.

A Room of One’s Own
Sophie plants an area in her garden with frivolous pretties where she will be able to relax and take in the view.

Memory Lane
Jane visits an aged care facility in Melbourne to meet a gardener who has created garden areas that are places for rejuvenation and reflection for the residents.

Episode 31

**** SPECIAL – Gardening Australia’s Gardener of the Year finalists ****

A Mediterranean Gardener
Tino meets a gardener who has styled her block in rural Victoria after the Mediterranean landscape she and her husband love. They also share their garden with people from diverse backgrounds and abilities.

A Dryland Gardener
Sophie visits a spectacular Australian plant garden about two hours from Adelaide that was cleverly designed and built to thrive in the local conditions.

A Coastal Gardener
Costa meets a gardener in Jervis Bay who’s planted and nurtured a thriving coastal garden and taken her passion beyond her own block by helping to revegetate local dunes.

A City Gardener
Jane visits the Royal Talbot Rehabilitation Centre in Melbourne to meet a gardener who has created stunning sensory gardens for patients, staff and visitors to the Centre.

A Tropical Gardener
Jerry travels to Cairns to visit a lush tropical garden created with hard work, creativity and cuttings.

Episode 32

High on a Hill
Tino meets a gardener growing rare and unusual plants from Tasmania’s wilderness in her garden on Mount Wellington.

A Mini Citrus Grove
Costa helps his neighbours plant a mini citrus orchard on their verge.

Landscapes in Miniature
Sophie explores a Japanese garden in Adelaide to see how it’s designed to evoke the landscape of another place.

A Taste of the Andes
Tino’s in The Vegie Patch planting vegies that originated from the Andes.

Tackling Terrain
John Patrick explains the design principles that can be used to tackle a sloping site.

Episode 33

Toughing It Out
Sophie picks and plants some spectacular performers for the dry South Australian summer conditions.

Beating the Heat
Angus demonstrates how to prepare plants to survive summer.

Cooling Our Streets
Costa hits the streets of Sydney to find out about the cooling effects of plants and trees.

Tips for Summer
Jerry shows us how he plants, prunes and protects his garden for the subtropical heat.

Against the Odds
Josh travels to Geraldton in W.A. to meet a gardener whose productive block is designed to thrive in the dry climate.

Episode 34

Creating A Buzz
Costa’s installing a hive of native bees in his backyard to help with pollination.

Life On The Farm
Josh visits a farm in Perth’s city centre that’s growing flower clusters to attract a diversity of insects to keep the garden blooming.

Bless The Mess
Jerry and entomologist Dr Tim Heard look at the benefits of a messy garden, which provides food and habitat to the little creatures.

A Fertile Experiment
Tino uses lettuce to experiment with three liquid fertilisers: worm juice, seaweed extract and fish emulsion – to find out which is the most effective.

A Grassland Haven
Jane visits a grassland at Werribee zoo to see the work being done to restore one of Australia’s most bio-diverse and threatened plant and animal communities.

Episode 35

How We Have Grown
Costa looks back on a successful first year On The Verge and celebrates with his neighbours with a street party.
Celebrating Tasmanian Plants
Tino visits a regional botanic garden built by the community near Hobart that showcases the diversity, colour and adaptability of plants from Tasmania’s South East.

Gardener of the Year
Costa announces the 2012 Gardening Australia “Gardener of the Year”.

Summer at Home
Sophie brings herbs and flowers to the table, literally, planting out a specially built planter inserted in the middle and has friends over for lunch to celebrate the start of summer.

A Tribute to Colin
Gardening Australia celebrates the life of much loved presenter Colin Campbell who passed away in August, and looks at the enduring contribution he made to Australian gardening.