Costa's World


About Costa

Costa Georgiadis was born in North Bondi, Sydney, Australia on 1 January 1964. By nationality, he is an Australian, but he is of Greek descent. His grandfather’s market garden was only the one from which he had developed a love of nature. He once visited Greece, at the age of 15 for about 8 weeks and he was very thankful to his parents for letting him learn Greek.

Costa established his community verge garden in his street in Bondi. The verge is now home to a street library, compost system, bathtub worm farm as well as indigenous plants and vegies.

He attended Rose Bay Primary School and his first performing role was in a Grade 3 play. Not surprisingly Costa was the king in the play but was deposed by none other than TV star Larry Emdur (who currently co-hosts the Morning Show). Costa: “It was a pivotal experience. I was taken down! I have trying to get back ever since.”

"I believe in gardening the soil as well as the soul."

Costa took a turn on the Red Faces talent quest on Hey Hey it’s Saturday around 1989 as a member of the Hellenic Rebirth Brothers. Around the same time he was on the Ray Martin Show competing in a Bathroom Baritone competition, which required singing in the bathtub. He also sings in a band, the More Please Orchestra. They do one gig a year as part of the annual Beardstock festival in Bondi.

Costa’s Pappou (grandfather) was a market gardener and that’s where Costa learnt about growing food. His grandmothers were the ones that taught him the importance of cooking and eating. His Pappou was obsessed with composting and building up the soil.

His number two love after gardening is sport. He was a member of local RSL youth club and was also a gymnast. Costa is also is a rugby referee: “I referee rugby – a lot of young people’s rugby, schools and under 19s, under 20s. I just love it. I love the running around; it keeps me fit. I know an incredible number of people around the area just because I’ve been reffing them since they were kids. For me my rugby refereeing is meditation. I turn up and for that 70 or 80 minutes the world is turned off and all I’m focused on is what’s happening on the field.”

"The language of gardening fuels the senses: talk with your hands, observe with your ears and listen with your eyes."

Surfing at Bondi is another passion. Costa is a qualified Landscape Architect and studied at the University of NSW. As a student he used to mow lawns in Coogee but to make cash to travel overseas after graduating, he worked as a clown at Darling Harbour. Costa took off to Europe where he worked on and off for the best part of a decade working on roof-top gardens, community composting, natural swimming ponds and wetlands working in Vienna, Austria and Bavaria. Costa’s linguistic skills include German, French, Czech, Greek and English.

Costa believes in embracing and celebrating mother nature’s cycles and seasons and nurturing her balance, beauty and bounty organically. His holistic approach is all about gardening the soil and the soul.

Costa’s charm, charisma and passion are invigorating and irresistible, he has a gift for making his important messages engaging and highly entertaining.

"Get growing. Back yourself and make mistakes. It's your mistakes and observations that are your greatest tutors."