Gardening Australia episode 14 2020: Costa Georgiadis visits a garden bringing a community together, Jane Edmanson showcases plants with bold colours, Sophie Thomson creates a potted herb garden and we meet two textile designers inspired by Australian flora.
Gardening Australia has always provided practical, trustworthy and credible gardening advice to inspire and entertain. Inspiring, entertaining and full of practical advice, join Costa Georgiadis and the team as they unearth gardening ideas, meet avid gardeners and look at some of the most inspiring gardens from across the country.
Gardening Australia episode 14 2020
All in This Together
Costa visits a thriving community garden that brings together people from all walks of life to share knowledge, time and tucker. The garden is designed as a meeting place for people of all ages and abilities. Central to the whole garden is the outdoor community kitchen.
There is an emphasis on natural materials and tactile surfaces such as sandstone, a great sandpit and cubby. A braille walk leads through the different areas, and the site is connected by a beautiful path designed by local indigenous artist Joe Hurst. “The paths are important to the space,” says Roman Deguchi, Inner West Neighbour Aid Garden Projects Coordinator. “They connect the zones together, but they also ensure people of all abilities and those using mobility devices are able to access all areas of the garden.”
Herbs and vegies grown in mobile, raised gardens with shade covers. There are numerous fruit trees, a water tank and active compost in this area as well.
FAQ’s – Perennials | Spotting Weeds | Frost Tolerance
Gardening Australia presenters answer commonly asked gardening questions.
Growing Onions from Seedlings
Millie shares a great tip for an easy way to plant onion seedlings.
A Passion for Picking
Tino visits a gorgeous flower farm and old-fashioned picking garden in southern Tassie, the passion project of two botanists.
The Hut Flower Farm is the passion project of Marian and Robert Wiltshire, two professional botanists who live on the 3.6-hectare property with their 6-year-old twins, Elizabeth and Maggie. Despite spending their careers studying Tasmania’s native flora, Robert and Marian are captivated by the colour and feel of old-fashioned cut flowers. Robert dug the garden in a former cow paddock, following Marian’s design for formal, colour-coordinated blocks.
Rosemary and Lemon Hand Balm
Jane shows how to make the perfect Mother’s Day gift – a hand balm using rosemary and lemons from the garden.
To Feed or Not to Feed
Jerry meets urban ecologist Darryl Jones, and finds out how he advocates for responsibly feeding the birds in our garden.
Sophie creates a potted Mediterranean herb garden that you can keep by the back door. Herbs are a great addition to any garden, courtyard or even balcony and some of the best thrive in pots.
Sophie plant up a pot with a range of perennial herbs from the same plant family, Lamiaceae, choosing plants that like the same growing conditions. This family includes thyme, rosemary, oregano, sage, savory and even mint and basil.
Colour With Confidence
Take your garden from drab to fab as Jane heads to a nursery to showcase plants bursting with outrageous colour!
While many modern gardens celebrate muted pastels, monotones and the beauty of green on green, Jane wants us to move away from these safe, soft colour palettes and embrace the brighter side of life with some outrageous colour! Whatever your garden style or situation, there are some great flowers or combinations to get you walking on the wild side of colour.
Going Wild at Home
Josh plants out a mini meadow on his verge with some of WA’s famous wildflowers, bringing this beautiful display closer to home. Heading into winter, there are a few gaps in Josh’s garden, so he wants to sow some seasonal colour – and in WA the best colour comes from Everlasting Daisies.
If you can’t travel to the outback to see them, you can also plant them at home – even in the Eastern States. Autumn is the perfect time to plant.
Plant Profile: Dinner Plate Fig
We look at Ficus dammaropsis – a plant whose leaves can grow to one metre in size!
Winning the Uphill Battle
Hannah shares a cheap and simple trick for getting a garden started on a steep slope.
My Garden Path – Bruce Slorach and Sophie Tatlow
We meet two talented textile designers who have taken to fabric to express their love of Australian plants.