Speakers Profile - Graham Ross

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Graham Ross, has educated, entertained and inspired Australia's gardening community and aspiring green thumbs during a career that has spanned more than 40 years.

Graham has shared his passion for all things green and growing since he joined the multi-award winning Better Homes and Gardens TV when it was launched on the Seven Network in 1995.

"I have greatly enjoyed working on the last 500 or so episodes of Better Homes and Gardens TV program showing our huge following of viewers the latest in garden trends. Currently our garden styles and home landscaping are changing due to the economy, the squeeze on people's leisure time and the boom in home ownership across Australia as a new generation establish families and gardens. I look forward to providing more tips, the latest ideas, new plant releases and inspirational suggestions for our traditional viewer gardeners and those new to the hobby in Better Homes and Gardens' 13th year!", he says.

Graham combines his television schedule with a highly successful radio career. He, his wife, Sandra, and daughter, Linda, present a three-hour gardening program every Saturday and Sunday morning for Radio 2GB. The show is now broadcasting in its record 27th year, making it one of the longest running, and highest rating programs, in Australian radio history. His seasonal gardening tips can also be heard on 60 radio stations across Australia.

Broadcasting commitments aside, Graham and Sandra share an exhaustive schedule that incorporates as many as 25 garden tours a year in Australia and overseas and running the family business, 'The Garden Clinic'. This venture includes publishing a 100 page glossy magazine for Garden Clinic Club members.

The couple's children, Linda and Kent, have inherited their parents' love for horticulture and both work closely with Graham and Sandra on various projects.

Graham began his career when he started working at his local nursery during his final school years. He went on to graduate from the Ryde School of Horticultural TAFE in 1964 with post graduate qualifications in Park Administration, Horticulture, Greenkeeping and Agronomy.

During his career he has worked as a landscaper, nurseryman and park superintendent before returning to Ryde TAFE in 1970 to teach horticulture. He was soon promoted to Senior Head Teacher of Horticulture then Head of the Division of Horticulture for the state of NSW, a position he held until 1980.

In the late 1970's Graham moved into the media. He began producing and presenting gardening programs for ABC television in 1978 and later started a regular gardening segment on the Seven Network's 11AM programme in 1980 and as a Horticultural reporter on Seven National News. He was gardening editor for Sydney's Daily Telegraph for four years and worked on the former Sun Newspaper in Sydney for 10 years.

Over the years Graham has been involved with several professional and industry associations including the Sydney, Royal Botanic Garden Trust, the Royal Horticultural Society of NSW, the NSW and Australian Nursery & Garden Industry Associations. He is currently patron of the NSW Rose Society and was also consultant to the Sydney International Garden Festival and many Sydney flower & garden show projects. He is President of the Horticultural Media Association (NSW).

Graham is presently working on the second edition of their 1990 best seller, 'Our World of Gardening', and his much awaited Memoirs.

In 1995, Sandra and Graham received Good Citizens Awards for Services to the Community through Radio.

In November 1999, Graham's contributions to Australian horticulture were recognised when he and Sandra were presented with the NSW Nursery Industry Association's Horticultural Media Award for Excellence. The award is presented annually and honours achievements for promoting gardening in the Australian media.

In 2000, the Australian Horticultural Media Association presented Graham with their inaugural Electronic Laurel in recognition of his horticultural radio and television career, in particular 2GB, Better Homes and Gardens and Groundforce television shows.
Graham and his family opened up their garden centre at Beecroft Village Gardens in Sydney which offers gardeners the most comprehensive range of products and services available.