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 30 years, and currently writes regular 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 heard as a garden host of ABC and commercial radio talkback, 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 revegetation and landscaping business, Plantation and Landcare Services, which plants trees around Perth and the southwest 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 an Honorary Member of the Nursery and Garden Industry of WA (NGIWA) for services to these organisations. She has won the prestigious Horticultural Media Association of Australia (HMAA) Paper Laurel for the best garden story published in an Australian newspaper or magazine, and the podcast she presents with fellow ASA Lecturer Steve Wood won the 2018 HMAA Audio Laurel.

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, 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:

  • Victoria’s Private Gardens and their Designers (2018)
  • Natural Landscapes & Gardens of the Channel Islands: Jersey, Guernsey, Herm, Burhou & Sark (2018)