DIANNE BUT­LER OUT OF THE BOX

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Saturday -

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

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