Costa Georgiadis discusses garden plans with Kathryn Ireland of East Lismore, winner of APN’s Day with Costa competition.
Costa Georgiadis discusses garden plans with Kathryn Ireland of East Lismore, winner of APN’s Day with Costa competition. Cathy Adams

Costa’s garden makeover

IT'S not every day you get a bona fide green thumb guru to give your garden the attention it deserves.

But that's what East Lismore resident Kathryn Ireland got yesterday when she spent a day with gardening legend Costa Georgiadis yesterday after winning APN's Day with Costa competition.

Ms Ireland, a Northern Star reader, was selected from among the readership of APN's 12 regional daily newspapers across Northern NSW and Queensland.

And Costa couldn't have found a better muse for his gardening genius.

"I love these sorts of gardens because when you've got slope you can do things," he said.

"You can catch a lot of water and then ease it down the hill... you keep the whole block hydrated all through the year, and that will mean the stuff you can grow will go nuts."

His vision for the garden was inspiring if ambitious - a transformation of the lawn-dominated backyard into a veritable oasis of fruit-bearing trees, a kitchen garden, a tropical section, combined with an avocado tree and coffee bush hedges along either fence.

On a blistering hot day, he also found time to start working on the vision, digging up an overgrown 12sqm garden bed to create space for an edible kitchen garden featuring herbs and lettuces and tomatoes.

Mrs Ireland said she had been "challenged" by the space for some time and welcomed Costa's vision.

"After talking to Costa it was really nice to have a fresh idea and some expertise," she said. "It's harnessing the power of the land for something worthwhile.

"Something we've been wanting to do is make our garden more sustainable for the future."



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