DIANNE BUTLER OUT OF THE BOX
YOUR garden, according to Val, can be your gymnasium and psychiatrist all rolled into one. ‘‘ That’s very true,’’ says Jane Edmanson.
Val has been working on the garden, as you will see tonight, since 1954. It is a great segment because it is practical — two people who have been gardening collectively for 100 years — and they are not talking down to us.
Stephen Ryan is gone and, superficially at least, the new host of Gardening Australia Costa Georgiadis is his diametric opposite.
I don’t know if you ever saw him on SBS, but every time he is on screen all I can think of is that Edward Lear limerick: ‘‘ There was an old man with a beard, who said it is just as I feared, two owls and a hen, four larks and a wren, have all built their nests in my beard.’’
This season’s big renovation project is the nature strip outside Costa’s house. (I love how they always work on their own homes on these shows.)
‘‘ On the show this week I launch our vision that’s going to get all of us transforming our streets into productive garden havens.’’
New host: Costa Georgiadis