Australia Day

26 January 2015

86 days to go

Graham Ross VMM

Radio broadcaster and television gardening presenter and author, Graham Ross, has educated, entertained and inspired Australia’s gardening community and aspiring green thumbs during a career that has spanned more than 50 years. He is Australia’s most acclaimed horticulturist being presented with the prestigious Veitch Memorial Medal in London (2011) by the Royal Horticultural Society ( only the fourth Australian to receive VMM since created by Queen Victoria in 1870), he was made a Life Fellow of the prestigious Royal Botanic Gardens Kew Guild, (only Australian in history), awarded the Horticultural Media Association of Australia’s Radio Laurel and Gold Laurel and Hall of Fame in 2011, and their Electronic Media Laurel in 2000, plus multiple horticultural industry awards, and 11 Logies for Better Homes & Gardens TV.

Graham shares his passion for all things green and growing with more than two million people every week.

He has appeared on Better Homes & Gardens TV Show since 1995, presenting in his 20th year on the show his 800th episode’, with BH&G winning 11 Logies in that time. He is one of the few personalities that has featured on television every week since 1978.

He has broadcast the 3 hour Garden Clinic Show every Saturday and Sunday each weekend on Radio 2GB since 1980. Now in its 32nd year, it is one of the longest running programs in Australian radio history and now broadcast around the globe on the World Wide Web, 2GB.com. His seasonal gardening tips can also be heard on 70 radio stations across Australia.

Broadcasting commitments aside, Graham and his wife Sandra share an exhaustive schedule that incorporates 25 garden tours a year in Australia and overseas through their Ross Garden Tours company, www.rosstours.com, with 440 tours to its credit; and running the family business, ‘The Garden Clinic’.

Their Garden Clinic Club, launched in 1982, is Australia’s largest garden club and they publish a quarterly, full colour magazine for members. Their Garden Clinic website, www.gardenclinic.com attracts over 50,000 hits every week.

Graham has co-authored, with his family, four major garden publications including ‘The Weekend Gardener’, ‘Our World of Gardening’, ‘Gardens of the World’, and ‘From the Ground Up’.

When you ask Graham what he does for relaxation there’s no guessing as to his answer.

"When I’m at home, there’s nothing more relaxing than pottering around in our garden. On the weekends we’re often out working in the garden until dark. Gardening is such a passion for me and I’m very lucky to be able to share it with my family and, at work, with fellow Australians."

Graham began his career when he started working at his local nursery from aged eleven. He went on to graduate from the Ryde School of Horticultural TAFE with qualifications in Horticulture, Park Administration, Greenkeeping, Landscaping and Agronomy.