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Costa’s Garden Odyssey – Tonight 8:00 on SBS

27 August 2009 18 Comments

If you’re in Australia, make sure you catch Costa’s Garden Odyssey on SBS tonight at 8:00 pm.

You can catch a preview at the show’s page on sbs.com.au.

Costa is a landscape architect with a passion for sustainable living. In SBS’s words:

Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best – spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

Costa’s Garden Odyssey shows us how to tread lightly – embracing nature’s cycles and seasons, investigating and championing our local produce from it’s source, and illustrating that in gardens, plants aren’t the only things that grow… people do to.

Costa will take you to the joyous, harmonious heart of the garden. It’s about gardening the soil and the soul.

Tonight is the first episode, covering:

  • Northey Street City Farm community garden in Brisbane’s CBD
  • fixing a major stormwater problem under a house
  • watermelon growing and the Chinchilla Watermelon Festival
  • planting a kitchen garden (and celebrating with a lamb on a spit)
  • the spiritual and psychological benefits of gardening, through the eyes of a Buddhist Monk

Sounds awesome, doesn’t it? If you watch it, please post your comments below!

Update: If you missed the show last night or live overseas, you can watch the full half-hour episode online. SBS rocks! (thanks Mia for pointing that out!)

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  • Greenfumb said:

    Thanks for the heads up.

    BTW I made the laundry soap today for the first time and my first load is in the machine as we speak. Thanks for the recipe. Deb

  • Darren (author) said:

    @Greenfumb: Let me know what you think of the laundry soap! We’re still happily using it, it cleans just as well and saves lots of $$$s.

    @Jasmine: It was great, wasn’t it? I’ll definitely keep watching.

    @ecoMILF: (great name, by the way!) Did you catch it this week?

    @Happyearth: Definitely get him down to the Gong! The community gardens, Dapto Community Farm, the produce swap, the SI workshops would all be great things I’m sure he’d like to cover. Contrasting the green initiatives with Wollongong’s reputation and past as a coal-mining and steel-making town would make for an interesting angle. “Look how far they’ve come!”

    @Mia: Was the whole episode available? That’s awesomely cool if it is!

  • Jasmine said:

    I just saw, and enjoyed the episode and will definitely be watching it again next week. It has potential. I like it!

  • ecoMILF said:

    Thanks for letting me know. I’m intrigued and will definitely tune in next week. Meagan.

  • Happyearth said:

    What a champion is Costa! We LOVED the show and can’t wait ’till next weeks episode! Feeling very inspired after tonights episode – we should invite him for a trip to the Gong, to showcase our local green talent!

    Ally and Rich http://www.happyearth.com.au

  • Mia 'agoodhuman' said:

    I wonder if they’ll have it on the internet. I’m living in the US at the moment and miss some great Aussie shows.

  • Mia 'agoodhuman' said:

    Ahhhh…forget that last comment. Looks like I can watch it on the SBS website. Yay!

  • Gavin said:

    Hi Darren. I missed the show due to our Sustainable living group AGM. I will have to catch it next week. OBTW, good to see you blogging again!


  • Gavin said:

    Mate, just watched the show via SBS. Such a great show and certainly something to learn each week!

  • Darren (author) said:

    @Gavin: Yeah, it’s on my weekly roster! You should contact Costa, I’m sure he’d love to see what you’re doing in the middle of suburbia.

  • Chrissy said:

    Thanks for the heads up on the show Darren. I got to watch most of it (If only I got the kids organised earlier! ;-)) – and really enjoyed it. What a magic personality Costa has – will try to tune in next week!

    Cheers Chrissy

  • Wilson Pon said:

    Darren, I just finished watching the show. Man, it’s the best show I’d ever watched in my life! Two thumbs up… 🙂

  • ecoMILF said:

    Hey Darren,

    Just watched it via SBS and will definitely be tuning in this week. So much to take in!

  • Katrine said:

    Watched Costa last night and felt inspired and uplifted by his enthusiasm and his organic, holistic approach to everything. He confirms all I believe in and gives me hope!! Thanks

  • ram iyengar said:

    costa, I watched your show last week, and was just ‘ bowled-over’. It was really great!. i would like a ‘make-over’, in my garden like that. I am not physically a very fit person, hence i cannot join your ‘ make-over team’ Still, I potter about in my garden trying to keep it in shape. In case you are in sydneynext time, I would like to take your advise, reg. our garden. keep-up the great work. sincerely,-ram.

  • Damien said:

    Costa has the greatest beared I have ever seen! It is Beautiful! This program rocks. So much energy. It made me take a whole fresh look at my Garden and all the things in it. Your love for the natural world and all the tasty food in it really comes across in the program. It is a must watch for me and my family. When it comes on my six year old daughter yells out , ‘NOM NOM NOM NOM!’

  • Darren (author) said:

    @Damien: That’s awesome! Hope you caught tonight’s show – the school vegie patch was very inspirational.

  • Dee Nebeker said:

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