Gardening Australia

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Gardening Australia
Genre Lifestyle
Presented by Peter Cundall (1990 - 2008)
Stephen Ryan (2009 - 2011)
Costa Georgiadis (2012 - present)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 29 (as of 2018)
Running time

30 minutes (until 2017)

60 minutes (from 2018)
Original network ABC1
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 16 February 1990 – present

Gardening Australia is an Australian lifestyle television program which suggests and promotes organic and environmentally friendly ways of gardening.


It was originally hosted by Peter Cundall, an experienced gardener with a passion for growing plants using organic methods.

Stephen Ryan succeeded Cundall in 2009.[1] After 3 years at the helm, Stephen Ryan’s contract was not renewed by ABC, and a new host was announced in December 2011 as Costa Georgiadis[2] for the 2012 season.


In addition to the host, each episode contains segments which are recorded across Australia with local presenters. These include:

Current Presenters[edit]

  • Josh Byrne (WA)
  • Tino Carnevale (TAS)
  • Jerry Coleby-Williams (QLD)
  • Jane Edmanson (VIC)
  • Millie Ross (VIC)
  • Sophie Thomson (SA)

Past Presenters[edit]

Presenter Years Active State
Peter Cundall 1990-2009 TAS
Colin Campbell 1990-2011 QLD
John Patrick 2002-2017 VIC
Angus Stewart 2004-2016[3] NSW
Meredith Kirton 2006-2008 NSW
Stephen Ryan 2009-2011 VIC
Leonie Norrington ? NT
Clarence Slockee ? NSW

Guest Presenters[edit]

Guest Presenter Year State
Indira Naidoo 2017 NSW
Carolyn Blackman 2017 VIC


Cundall had a segment called Pete's Mailbag where viewers could ask questions or send in photographs or letters about their own gardens.

The show has several segments, which include all forms of gardening, from sculptural and artistic gardens to vegetable growing and xeriscaping. Most segments are filmed on location.

The program has an Ask It/Solve It section where people can submit their garden questions/problems to be answered by the presenters.

The 6 Bed Rotation Vegetable Crop (formally Pete's Patch) at the Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens is still in the show, now called 'The Vegie Patch' with Tino Carnevale presenting.[4]

The Vegie Guide is a new feature which suggests a range of vegetables that can be planted each month,in the broad climate zones around Australia.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knox, David (23 January 2009). "Stephen digs into Gardening Australia". Retrieved 23 January 2009. 
  2. ^ Costa to host Gardening Australia, ABC, 20 December 2011
  3. ^ "About Angus | Gardening With Angus". Retrieved 2017-07-25. 
  4. ^ Justin Russell (8 November 2012). "A visit to Pete's Patch, Hobart". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 October 2015. 

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