Bio – Deryn Thorpe

Deryn Thorpe is a fanatical gardener, who is passionate about communicating her love of gardening to others. She has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years, writes monthly articles for Gardening Australia Magazine, as well as a gardening column and garden stories for newspapers and online magazines. She presents an award winning gardening, food and sustainability podcast called All The Dirt, can be occasionally be heard as a commercial garden radio host, is a vivacious and popular speaker at garden clubs and community gatherings, runs gardening workshops, has edited garden books and worked as a garden TV presenter.

Deryn also works in her family’s re-vegetation and landscaping business Plantation and Landcare Services which plants trees around Perth and the south west wheatbelt of WA and landscapes home gardens.

She volunteered for six years with Open Gardens Australia, was chair of selectors, and has opened her own beautiful, cottage style garden to the public.

In 2011 she was made a Life Member of the Horticultural Media Association Australia (HMAA) and in 2015 a Life Member of the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA (NGIWA) for services to these organisations. She has won the prestigious HMAA Paper Laurel for the best garden story published in an Australian newspaper or magazine, and her weekly gardening, food and sustainability podcast, called ‘All The Dirt’, which she presents with Steve Wood, won the 2018 HMAA Audio Laurel. It is Australia’s most popular gardening podcast.

Deryn loves showing people the world and started working as a European tour guide in the mid 1980s. Today she takes tours around Australia and overseas for ASA Cultural Tours, discovering great food, culture and beautiful gardens.

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