Colin was an original member of the Gardening Australia family and began presenting for the program during its first year on air in 1990. With his abundant warmth and enthusiasm, Colin inspired gardeners around the country for 23 years.
Costa Georgiadis, host of Gardening Australia, said: “Colin was a down to earth passionate gardener and environmental champion, but also an enthusiastic family and community building leader. The Gardening Australia family will miss him and remember his warmth, humour and endless energy.”
In 2007, Colin’s extensive knowledge and services to horticulture earned him a Medal of the Order of Australia.
The founding president for the Queensland State Council of Australian Institute of Horticulture and a founding member for the Horticultural Media Association Queensland, Colin was also a nominee for Queenslander of the Year and Australian of the Year.
He enjoyed a successful career as a radio host for 4BC and also contributed to Gardening Australia magazine and Brisbane’s Courier-Mail.
Colin is survived by his wife, Bev, and four sons.