GROW­ING EN­THU­SI­ASM

Fremantle Gazette - - COURSES AND CLASSES -

COSTA Ge­or­giadis be­lieves he got a glimpse into the mean­ing of life as a young child.

He saw the beauty, pur­pose and sim­plic­ity of the world as he watched flow­ers blos­som and hunted for straw­ber­ries and eggs in his grand­fa­ther’s gar­den.

“Do­ing that, I learned at a very young age that that’s the kind of stuff that life is made of,” Ge­or­giadis said.

“Ev­ery­thing else is so dis­tract­ing, but when you’re in the gar­den and just watch­ing a sun­flower grow to its destiny and you’ve had a part in that destiny – what more is there?”

The Syd­neysider also saw the joy his grand­fa­ther had in shar­ing his home-grown pro­duce – and lust for life – with his fam­ily.

“I was for­tu­nate enough to see that pride in my grand­fa­ther ev­ery time we went over there and he in­sisted we come out into the gar­den and take some­thing home,” he said.

“They were gifts that went to the very build­ing blocks of who I would be­come be­cause I saw that that was some­thing that meant some­thing to him and my grand­mother.”

Ge­or­giadis has taken his grand­fa­ther’s en­thu­si­asm for na­ture and all things gar­den­ing into adult­hood.

The un­mis­tak­able TV per­son­al­ity – known for his wild and won­der­ful black beard – is back host­ing Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia for an­other sea­son.

The ABC TV show, now in its 29th year, has moved to an hour-long new times­lot of 7.30pm on Fri­days.

“The thing I love about it is that it’s such a loved pro­gram,” Ge­or­giadis, who joined the team in 2012, said.

“The view­ers are like sup­port­ers of a team – they put the Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia jer­sey on and they just love it.

“They sup­port us and love the fact that we are this sta­ple and it de­liv­ers them a nu­tri­tious meal each week to dine on.”

Ge­or­giadis brings a unique and cap­ti­vat­ing an­gle to his host­ing role.

“I sup­pose, for some, I bring that un­kempt hedge that just looks like wild na­ture and is a nice bit of habi­tat they can get lost in,” he said.

“But in real terms, I just bring a left-field en­thu­si­asm to any topic and any in­di­vid­ual be­cause I just love en­gag­ing with peo­ple and their pas­sions and bring­ing that out in them.

“If there was noth­ing else but the op­por­tu­nity to talk to peo­ple about why they love some­thing, then I would be as happy as a worm in com­post.”

Ge­or­giadis can also be seen on ABC Kids show Get Grubby TV as Costa the Gar­den Gnome. Sara Fitz­patrick

Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia host Costa Ge­or­giadis.

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