Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Deryn Thorpe

Deryn Thorpe is a fanatical gardener who is passionate about communicating her love of gardens, plants and design to others. She has worked as a journalist for more than 35 years, and writes regularly for Gardening Australia Magazine and other gardening publications. She presents Australia’s most popular, award-winning, gardening podcast, All The Dirt, and can be heard as a garden host or guest on ABC and commercial radio talkback. She 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 as a garden consultant and in her family’s revegetation and landscaping business, Plantation and Landcare Services, which plants trees around Perth and the southwest wheatbelt of WA.

Deryn helped set up Open Gardens West Coast and volunteered for six years with Open Gardens Australia, where she was chair of WA selectors, and has opened her own beautiful, cottage style garden to the public. A broadcast on Deryn’s garden and her gardening philosophy was shown on the ABC TV’s Gardening Australia in 2018. 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 the HMAA Broadcasting Laurel for her ‘All The Dirt’ podcast.

Deryn is an enthusiastic traveller and loves sharing her knowledge of gardens, plants, history and design. She first worked as a European tour guide in the mid-1980s. Today she takes tours around Australia and overseas, discovering great food, culture and beautiful gardens.


Article ‘Gardening Australia’ Magazine May 2018

‘All the Dirt’ Podcast: Gardening, Sustainability and Food 

All the dirt2Deryn Thorpe and Steve Wood combine decades of gardening, sustainability and environmental knowledge to create Australia’s most popular gardening podcast. The show has a gentle conversational style and aims to give people the confidence to grow their own food, create a beautiful and healthy environment and cook simple meals.  Most weeks Deryn and Steve are joined by a specialist guest who chats with them about their life, food, gardening and environmental passions.

You can listen to the podcast online at www.allthedirt.com.au or download the podcast from iTunes.




Past Tours

Deryn first joined ASA in 2018 and has led the following ASA tours:

  • Gardens of Italy: The Italian Lakes, the Piedmont, Tuscany, Umbria & Rome (2019)
  • Victoria’s Private Gardens and their Designers (2018-2019)
  • A Taste of Tasmania: Spring Gardens, Cradle Mountain & Gourmet Delights (2018-2019)
  • Natural Landscapes & Gardens of the Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Burhou & Sark (2018)