Two exciting events for Central Coast green thumbs

Attention all Central Coast green thumbs!

Not one, but two exciting events are coming to our region in the coming months, both focusing on permaculture, gardening and sustainability.

Words on the Waves Writers Festival recently announced that Australia’s favourite gardener and host of TV show Gardening Australia, Costa Georgiadis, is coming to the Central Coast to host a one-of-a-kind conversation with local author and environmental artist, Cheralyn Darcey.

Hosted in the lush, green surrounds of Pearl Beach Arboretum, Costa and Cheralyn will discuss his far-ranging, deeply generous book Costa’s World: Gardening for the Soil, the Soul and the Suburbs.

Costa Georgiadis is coming to the Central Coast

Words: Jess Verrender

Ticket holders will be treated to a glimpse into the vibrant and down-to-earth world of Australia’s most beloved TV gardener. At this event, he and Cheralyn will dig into his gardening philosophies, the connections between soil, soul and the suburbs, and his heartfelt advice for getting the most joy out of your garden.

The book will be on sale at the event, and you can get your copy signed by Costa himself after the conversation.

Entry to the event is via Opal Close, with doors opening at 10.30am and the conversation taking place from 11am-12pm. The cost is $25 per person plus booking fee. Please note, this is an outdoor, all-weather event. Hats are recommended, as well as closed, comfortable shoes. To book, click here.

If that isn’t enough gardening inspo for you, the coast is also launching its first Edible Garden Trail on the 19th and 20th of November.

Ticket holders will have access to a broad range of private and community gardens across the Central Coast with incredible, healthy, chemical-free food that is good for you and good for the planet.

Encouraging visitors to grow more food at home and to source their food locally and seasonally, visitors will be able to view a variety of abundant gardens using organic practices to grow fresh,  chemical free food.

With recent disruptions to the supply chain resulting in price hikes, especially of fresh produce, more  and more people are looking to create food security in their own backyards. During the Central Coast Edible Garden Trail, green thumb garden hosts will be showcasing their successes and sharing  problem solving solutions with visitors

There will be something for everyone from tiny balcony potted  gardens to shared street gardens, abundant backyard plots and larger gardens incorporating food  forests, wheelchair accessible gardens and gardens incorporating Indigenous foods and cultural  practices. Anyone can grow something, even if it is just some potted herbs by a sunny window.


Brought to you by Permaculture Central Coast, the Central Coast Edible Garden Trail showcases  permaculture principles in action. Permaculture is centred around the ethics of Earth Care, People Care  and Fair Share and has been derived from Indigenous knowledge and practices. Visitors will be  encouraged to learn how:

  • you can eliminate harmful practices from your garden,
  • to improve the biodiversity of life above and below the ground in your garden,
  • to start growing and eating nutrient dense food that is seasonal and as fresh as it gets
  • how to source their food locally and seasonally via a printed directory produced for the Central Coast Edible Garden Trail. This will feature a comprehensive list of our local farmers, coops,  produce swaps, and roadside stalls who are using organic and regenerative practices, it will  include when and where their products are available.

Ticket holders will have access to 20 – 25 private gardens. A number of community gardens and public  spaces will also be opening on the day and welcoming visitors free of charge. Prices as follows:  Family $56, Concession $20 and Adult $25. Click here to book.

“The language of gardening fuels the senses: talk with your hands, observe with your ears and listen with your  eyes.”
– Costa Georgiadis