Leaders, Lecturers & Tour Managers

Deryn Thorpe

Deryn Thorpe is a passionate gardener who has worked as a journalist for more than 30 years. She currently writes monthly articles for the Gardening Australia magazine, as well as a gardening column for The West Australian newspaper and other national magazines. Deryn Thorpe and Steve Wood’s gardening podcast, All The Dirt, won the Horticultural Media Association’s 2018 Audio Laurel. She has also won the prestigious HMAA Paper Laurel for the best garden story published in an Australian newspaper or magazine. Deryn has also been a garden host of ABC radio talkback, a garden TV presenter, and a chair of selectors for Open Gardens Australia. Deryn has been leading garden tours since the mid-1980s and currently leads ASA garden tours to Italy, UK and Australia.

‘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)