Gardening host set for changing season
THIS year marks Costa Georgiadis’s sixth season of hosting ABC’S Gardening Australia and the passionate landscape architect is still totally in awe of his job.
“I hadn’t had that specific card on my bucket list but it came along as a random thing and in a funny way it’s somehow been a wonderful chance for me to do what I love,” Georgiadis said.
“I brought with me a whole heap of things I’d studied and experienced but at the same time I’ve learnt so much from the amazing people I’ve met.
“They’ve all just had a passion since childhood or an early age; whether it’s for orchids or beekeeping or butterflies or native plants or bonsai or vegetables. That’s going to keep me excited about this until the day they compost me.”
Georgiadis’s own enthusiasm began while growing up in North Bondi, where he spent time in his grandfather’s market garden and on his godfather’s farm.
A prime example of the random nature of his television gig had occurred before this interview, when he had spent the day in Bathurst at an aged care facility filming an upcoming story about hen power, which uses chickens for therapy with the residents.
But Georgiadis was also keen to speak about Gardening Australia’s annual spring episode airing at 6.30pm on Saturday, September 2, repeated on Sunday, September 3 at 1pm and also available on ABC iview.
The episode features Georgiadis exploring a meadow display in Sydney’s Royal Botanic Garden, Jane Edmanson will visit a collector’s garden of unusual, architectural beauties and Sophie Thomson will show viewers a spring garden bursting with colourful blossom and bulbs, while Tino Carnevale will reveal the secrets to planting a summer crop.
“I think some of the best things people can do in spring is think ahead to summer,” Georgiadis said.“you want to make sure you’ve got your soil really well fed, that there’s plenty of compost to go on in late spring and mulch so that when the garden comes to the more demanding peaks of summer, your soil management and program has bunkered down to not only hold the moisture but also the minerals.
Costa Georgiadis (top right) and Gardening Australia team.