TINO JOINS OUR TEAM

NEW GAR­DEN­ING COL­UMN IN TASSIE LIV­ING TO­DAY,

Sunday Tasmanian - - Front Page - ANNE MATHER

HE has years of for­mal ed­u­ca­tion in hor­ti­cul­ture un­der his belt, but Tas­ma­nian gar­dener Tino Carnevale cred­its much of his skill with a shovel to grass­roots tu­ition.

“I learned most of my prac­ti­cal dig­ging in the ground from Peter Cun­dall and lovely old ladies,” he says.

Carnevale, left, said the “ladies” had taken many forms, in­clud­ing neigh­bours, nan­nas and the moth­ers of for­mer girl­friends.

“A few ex-girl­friends had moth­ers who were keen gardeners, and I spent a lot of time out gar­den­ing with them.”

Carnevale has taken over the Sun­day Tas­ma­nian’s weekly gar­den­ing fea­ture from Peter Cun­dall. While Cun­dall is con­tin­u­ing his Satur­day ABC ra­dio seg­ment, the 91-year-old’s de­te­ri­o­rat­ing eye­sight has forced him to stop writ­ing.

Carnevale said Cun­dall’s gar­den­ing and com­mit­ment to or­ganic prac­tices had long been a source of in­spi­ra­tion for him.

He said grow­ing up in Tas­ma­nia had also been the per­fect set­ting for har­ness­ing knowl­edge, as the is­land had plenty of space, an ideal cli­mate and a deep gar­den­ing cul­ture.

Carnevale, who is the Tas­ma­nian pre­sen­ter for Gar­den­ing Aus­tralia, grew up on a small vine­yard and olive grove by the Jor­dan River at Brighton — sur­rounded by rich soil and a fam­ily of veg­gie grow­ers.

“My grand­fa­ther was from Ir­ish stock and he was a keen gar­dener, so there was plenty of spuds, rhubarb and ap­ples.

“And with an Ital­ian father who gar­dened, I had a nice rounded in­tro­duc­tion into gar­den­ing,” said Carnevale, who is also part of the Stephanie Alexan­der Kitchen Gar­den Pro­gram.

Carnevale for­malised his gar­den­ing cre­den­tials through study­ing hor­ti­cul­ture and land­scape de­sign at univer­sity and TAFE. For cool sea­son gar­den ideas go to Carnevale’s first gar­den­ing col­umn in to­day’s Tassie Liv­ing mag­a­zine.

Pic­ture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

Pic­ture: NIKKI DAVIS-JONES

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