Jerry Coleby-Williams meets a champion hibiscus grower, Costa Georgiadis starts his backyard pool to pond conversion, Jane Edmanson shows us how to propagate indoor plants and we explore the wonderful world of fungi.
Adventurer and journalist Simon Reeve heads to East Africa to uncover the stories behind the nation's favourite drink. Whilst we drink millions of cups of the stuff each day, how many of us know where our tea actually comes from? The surprising answer is that most of the leaves that go into our everyday teabags don't come from India or China but are bought from an auction in the coastal city of Mombasa in Kenya. From here Simon follows the tea trail, through the epic landscapes of Kenya and Uganda meeting some of the millions of people who pick, pack and transport our tea. Drinking tea with everyone from Masaai cattle herders to the descendants of the original white tea planters, Simon learns that the industry that supplies our everyday cuppa is not immune to the troubles of the continent - poverty, low wages and child labour.
This program looks at disappearances at sea inside the Triangle. Ortis follows the story of the USS Cyclops, an American naval ship that vanished in the Triangle in 1918, while Rick goes in search of a rare and deadly ocean phenomenon, the rogue wave.
Jane Edmanson pops into a historic homestead garden, Sophie Thompson learns how to build a bandicoot bungalow, Tino Carnevale enjoys the Autumn colour in Tassie and we meet a passionate propagator of Wollemi pines.
This season, our guides will go further afield than before, exploring destinations near and far including Hawaii, India, Argentina, Israel, Germany, and Taiwan. But one person's idea of paradise can be another's idea of hell.
Clarence Slockee explores a Grevillea garden, Millie Ross shares companion planting tips, Costa Georgiadis visits a creative small garden, Jane Edmanson explores a seaside garden and Tino Carnevale shares his gardening story.
Could a remote island chain in Polynesia be remnants of the lost continent of Hiva, which is believed to have sunk after a great disaster?
The Otago Coast is a formidable place to live. Cold winds and waves roll in from Antarctica battering the wildlife, flora and people - so much so that they are all shaped by their environment, often bending, but seldom broken. On this journey Neil visits the Royal Albatross as they return home from their eternal wanderings and meet their unofficial godfather. Riria Hotere discovers that while New Zealand's human story is brief, every once and a while a secret to its past is unearthed. Geologist Hamish Campbell realises there is nothing too solid about the planet we live on as he finds out erosion is causing our heritage to slip into the ocean. Marine Archaeologist Matt Carter goes diving and finds a unique recycling project dating from the glory days of New Zealand's biggest shipping company. And Neil find out about the tragic history of past seafaring days along the Catlins coast where the wild weather often forced captains to play a game of Russian roulette with their lives and that of their crews.
Sophie Thomson creates a lizard friendly habitat, Tino Carnevale plants celery, Josh Byrne meets carnivorous plants native to WA, Costa Georgiadis drops into a kitchen garden in Kakadu and we meet a eucalypt aficionado.
A 12-year-old boy searches for the one thing that will enable him to win the affection of the girl of his dreams. To find it he must discover the story of the Lorax, who fights to protect his world.
Jerry Coleby-Williams visits a bushland botanic gardens, Millie Ross looks at climbing plants, Tino Carnevale shares tool tips, Josh Byrne explores an inspiring revegetation project and we meet a passionate frog expert.
New Zealand's largest city is also the most coastal city in the country. It has hundreds of kilometres of coastlines and its many bays, inlets and creeks mean that most Aucklander's live within 5km of the sea. But few cities in the world also have a stronger claim to the title 'City of Volcanoes'. Over 50 have erupted within 20km of the central city. On this journey Neil steps onto the site of Auckland's biggest volcanic eruption and finds an archaeologist's dream. Could this be New Zealand's very own Pompeii? Geologist Hamish Campbell is digging in to investigate a project that baffled some of the world's smartest engineers and proves too many cooks, or in this case, experts, spoil the broth. Kamikaze surfers, Big Brother and the mice that roared. We find out how New Zealand's battle to become nuclear-free gripped the nation and rippled around the world. Marine biologist Jacky Guerts discovers a battle blooming under Auckland's Waitemata Harbour after unwanted marine hitchhikers have found their way across the ocean on boat hulls. And Neil goes paddling on the beach, Piha style.
They say to know the top of the South Island is to know New Zealand. The region's warm, sandy seaboard is more typical of the North Island while the maze of hills and mountains, which are split by the Alpine Fault, belong unmistakably to the South Island. You could say it's where the North meets the South. On tonight's fascinating journey, Neil uncovers an invasion that ruffled more than a few feathers in the Abel Tasman National Park. He also discovers the incredible story of one woman's vision to return the park back to how it sounded before the arrival of mankind. Marine archaeologist Matt Carter goes in search of a disaster from the Cold War era in the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sound. We meet a hippy invader and learn more about a tumultuous chapter in local history that divided a community in the 1970s. We go in search of reasons why whales strand themselves on the treacherous, sandy sickle of Farewell Spit, and discover why people feel such an affinity with these mysterious leviathans. And Neil treads the timbers of an ancient ship to discover its many stories from European history to New Zealand's colonial past.
Sophie Thomson gets a visit from a butterfly expert, Costa Georgiadis and Millie Ross travels to west Arnhem land, Josh Byrne dives into a seagrass revegetation project and Jerry Coleby-Williams talks Cat's claw creepers.
On this episode, Neil gets his first glimpse ever of a live volcano with its lunar landscape, steaming vents and bubbling mud pools and discovers the sombre story behind the failed attempts of sulphur mining. Marine Archaeologist Matt Carter discovers a tale of tragedy, treasure and treachery down on Mahia Peninsula. Geologist Hamish Campbell digs for new science and examines why the East Cape is the hotspot to study a great unknown - how to predict earthquakes and tsunamis. Marine Biologist Jacky Geurts hunts down apostles from Gisborne's Age of Aquarius. Riria Hotere steps out of her comfort zone and into the wonderful world of bees to find out the difference between a five-dollar pot of honey and a $150 pot of honey. And Neil reflects on the sublime joys of the wild and wonderful in the clear waters of Tatapouri Bay, by partaking in a thrilling stingray feeding routine.
Costa Georgiadis gets an expert's top turf tips, Sophie Thomson visits a garden designed for time-poor gardeners, Paul West cooks up a storm in a school kitchen garden, and we meet a collage artist with a passion for nature.
Join us on an extraordinary journey, that will explore the technological and scientific struggle for the survival of Venice, a survival that has been in doubt from its very construction. The sea level in Venice has increased drastically in the last century or so, threatening the very existence of the city. Global warming and the harmful effects of tourism have amplified the phenomenon of acqua alta (sudden rise in sea level), rendering the traditional responses of inhabitants obsolete. It is urgent to act today. Projects conceived in laboratories across the globe are joining forces to save the city. These include RAMSES, a 3D modelisation of the lagoon produced using lasers, which analyses rises in water level; and MOSE, a series of movable dams costing over 4 billion euros, intended to block the sea in case of acqua alta.
Costa Georgiadis rescues some sick-looking indoor plants, Jane Edmanson discovers the many benefits of salvias, Millie Ross shows how to keep worms happy, and we meet our new guest presenter, permaculturist Hannah Maloney.
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