Central Highlands flocks to see Costa
WITH his bushy beard, long hair and green thumb, Australia's favourite gardening guru planted some inspiration in the Central Highlands.
Gardening Australia host Costa Georgiadis caused quite a stir with gardening enthusiasts as he visited Duaringa, Emerald, Gemfields and Capella to share his gardening tips.
Healthy Communities co-ordinator Heidi Jolly chauffeured Costa around on the weekend and said the lovable TV host was inspiring to experienced and novice gardeners of all ages.
"It went brilliantly; the turnout was better than we expected at each venue and Costa was really impressed with how everyone in the region is committed to outdoors and the gardening lifestyle," Heidi said.
"Costa really connected with the school students in Duaringa - they were laughing and asking questions, and they got to plant some seedlings with him as well.
"In Emerald about 90 people attended the community garden to see him, and the good thing is how he personalised it all to suit the audience - everyone was able to take something home from it.
"We had a massive crowd in the Gemfields; 106 people turned up and followed Costa around on his tour.
"There was a lady making rosella jam fresh and he loved it."
Costa also made an appearance at the Capella QCWA Mother's Day High Tea, where he spoke about the importance of gardening and cooking.
"He made it very Mother's Day-themed and about how gardening, like cooking, is one of those things we have got to pass down through generations otherwise it will be lost," Heidi said.
Heidi said Costa was just as excited to meet Central Highlanders as they were to meet him.
"He gave people tips on sustainability and native gardens, as well as what would grow well out here - he loved us as much as we loved him," she said.
"I think the main thing that came out of Costa's visit was that those who are already gardeners got some tips and praise on their home-grown produce, but those that weren't gardeners were inspired to begin gardening."