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Graham Ross tips vertical gardens as hot ticket item

Graham Ross.
Graham Ross. Photo: Scott Ogilvie

Radio broadcaster and television gardening presenter Graham Ross has kicked off the 2014 The Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show offering hot tips about modern gardening with Canberrans.

Ross said green thumbs in Canberra typically had the advantage of larger plots than in other cities but faced other challenges.  

Vertical garden: Graham Ross tips they will become more popular.
Vertical garden: Graham Ross tips they will become more popular. Photo: Jennifer Soo

The combination of climate and soil in Caberra produced  different problems to anyone else in the country, he said. 

Simple pointers around plant selection and using tailored products such as liquid dolomite could help to establish a healthy garden and support it through harsh summers and winters.

Ross is an authority on the topic, having shared his passion for all things green during a career spanning more than 40 years.

Along with his role as a presenter on Better Homes and Gardens since it launched in 1995, he has hosted a three-hour gardening program every Saturday and Sunday morning on Radio 2GB for the past 33 years with his wife Sandra and daughter Linda.


With decades of experience fielding questions about gardening, Ross can sniff out gardening trends.

He said using a gardening fork instead of a spade was a must in order to maximise soil aeration, and predicted vertical gardening would be the next big thing.

Getting the hydrology of the garden right was the trick.

"Many people have to go vertical because there is no space," he said.

"The water moves quickly from pot to pot so you want the plants in need of most water low down on the structure." 

The Canberra Times Home, Leisure, Caravan, 4WD and Camping Show is on at EPIC on Saturday from 10am-5pm and 10am-4pm Sunday.