From block to bloom: New garden renovation show sprouts onto Aussie TV

Paul Eyers
By Paul Eyers
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With DIY TV fans currently suffering from a severe case of post-Block blues, a new renovation show offers viewers the perfect path to recovery.

Specifically, a garden path.

Nine networks’ new outdoor renovation series, The Garden Hustle, sprouted onto screens this past Saturday night, replacing hit reality TV series The Block, which held its season finale a fortnight prior.

And just as watchers wondered what to do with their weekend following Steph and Gian’s $1.65 million record-breaking win, The Garden Hustle has bloomed as a refreshing substitute with some familiar faces.

The outdoor renovation show sees homeowners and renters transform their gardens from standard to stunning in just hours, thanks to the help of The Block landscaper Dave Franklin and Aussie TV royalty Lisa McCune.

Packed with outdoor makeover hacks, the series will inspire DIY enthusiasts into action and help turn anyone’s garden from outdoor obscenity to backyard bliss in time for summer.

Build-it caught up with The Block’s very own gardening guru Dave Franklin who says the show was overgrown with tips and tricks anyone can follow as they tackle gardens of all shapes and sizes.

“It’s a show the whole family needs to watch, it will get you inspired to get creative in your front or backyard and get everyone involved,” he told Build-it.

“Lisa and I meet some great people in our garden hustle journey, we discover some amazing indoor and outdoor plant collections…big gardens, small and quirky gardens, cool balconies and laughs along with way with Robin the dog.”

Nine says the show was planting seeds of excitement in the minds of DIY-loving Aussies, giving them the tools needed to turn their garden nightmares into dream outdoor spaces.

“We all know that gardens can be inspiring, stunning and tranquil. But they can also be tragically unloved,” their website says.

“We’ve loved seeing Dave Franklin sprinkle his landscaping magic on The Block… and now we have the chance to watch him help ordinary Aussies turn their garden wastelands into magnificent creations.”

The show follows a different couple each week working alongside Dave to renovate their outdoor space, creating stunning gardens, clever courtyards and beautiful balconies.

The feel-good DIY fix features duos with handiwork greener than their gardens, ensuring a whole mound of mess, chaos and laughs is also made in the process.

“With a lot of passion and effort, and a little help from the team to catch the odd stumble, the occupants will hustle in hopes of receiving the ultimate lick of approval from resident pooch Robin,” Nine states.

The Garden Hustle airs on Saturday evenings at 7.30 pm AEDT on Channel 9. This past weekend’s episode is already available to stream online via 9Now.

This weeks upcoming episode will see Dave catch up with with Botanically Rosie for her top tips for keeping indoor plants healthy and happy.

While next week the team help quirky couple Michael and Paul transform their neglected backyard in just 48 hours, while Lisa also explores the world of carnivorous plants.

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Paul Eyers has worked as a journalist for a range of media publishers including News Corp and Network Ten. He has also worked outside of Australia, including time spent with ABS-CBN in the Philippines. Stepping away from the media, Paul spent five years sharpening his tools in construction - building his skill set and expertise within the trade industry. His diverse experiences and unique journey have equipped him with an insider view of Australia’s construction game to dig deep into the big stories.