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 27 (as of 2016)
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABC1
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Original release 16 February 1990

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 as Costa Georgiadis.[2]

Costa Georgiadis hosts the show and the program has presenters from around Australia. These include:

  • Josh Byrne (WA)
  • Tino Carnevale (TAS)
  • Jerry Coleby-Williams (QLD)
  • Jane Edmanson (VIC)
  • John Patrick (VIC)
  • Millie Ross (VIC)
  • Clarence Slockee (NSW)
  • Angus Stewart (NSW)
  • Sophie Thomson (SA)


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.[3]

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. ^ Justin Russell (8 November 2012). "A visit to Pete's Patch, Hobart". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 18 October 2015.  External link in |website= (help)

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