AN EAST Lismore woman with a big garden and precious spare time to spend tending it has won a day with gardening guru Costa Georgiadis.
School teacher Kathryn Ireland loves watching the energetic star of the Gardening Australia show and will now get to meet and ask questions of the man himself, thanks to an Australian Regional Media competition.
"He's really personable ... he makes gardening accessible to all people. You don't have to be a genius, a green thumb, but he makes you feel like you'd be able to achieve those things in the garden," she said.
"I'm just so excited - I'm beyond excited. I will be popping the champagne tonight, that's for sure."
As part of the prize Ms Ireland will be treated with a full-day visit from Mr Georgiadis before the end of the year, to brainstorm a garden design and choose her prize of $1000 worth of garden products from Bunnings.
"I'd love to create a space that's very calm and enjoyable to be in. At the moment it's so barren," Mr Ireland said.
"I was in the process of redoing the garden but it's time and it's funds as well that stop you.
"When you work really hard you don't get a lot of down time so this is just like a dream come true."
Ms Ireland's day with Mr Georgiadis will begin with breakfast before the design consultation and visit to Bunnings. They'll then enjoy lunch before completing the garden plan.
She said she already had some designs in mind.
"I want a tropical garden at the back, something that's low maintenance ... organic fruits ... this will really reassure me and validate my plans," she said.
The competition was open to people who subscribed to Australian Regional Media newspapers, including The Northern Star.
"I had to subscribe for the newspaper to enter, which turned out to be really good - I sort of forgot how much I enjoyed reading the Saturday paper," Ms Ireland said.