Gar­den­ing host set for chang­ing sea­son

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Gardening - Tanya Macnaughton

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.

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