Jason Hodges was born and raised in the leafy Sydney suburb of Willoughby. He grew up with a dad who is a bricklayer, an older brother who is a horticulturalist and two older sisters who are florists. He loved elements of all their professions and chose to pursue a career in landscaping.
As a teenager, Jason studied Landscape Horticulture and Construction at the respected Ryde Tafe (and actually ended up teaching the course there later in life).
By the time he completed his secondary education, Jason had developed a love for outdoor work at home and in the local neighbourhood, and had become devoted to residential plantings, maintenance and lawn construction.
In 1990, he started his own landscaping business, Greenart Gardens, with a ute and a small number of trade tools, which initially operated from his parents' home in Willoughby. Jason spent weekends and evenings doing estimates, and weekdays completing the work. What was once a young bloke's hobby rapidly became a serious business.
Today, Greenart Gardens has become a substantial landscape operation in Sydney, employing a number of experienced landscapers, but Jason still oversees his team through every step of every project.
Jason’s break into television came after landscaping a house for tv producer, Stewart Clarke, who at the time was a producer on Burke’s Backyard. Stewart asked Jason to do a screen test for Channel Seven program, Auction Squad. He ended up being the resident landscaper on that show for four years before joining Better Homes and Gardens.
Jason is a four-time Melbourne International Flower and Garden Show (MIFGS) Gold medallist. This year, he is making his Show Garden debut at London’s prestigious Chelsea Flower Show.
Jason is Dad to daughter Heidi, now almost three. And it’ll be rare to find him without his beloved Fox Terrier, Dannii, at his side.
In 2012, Better Homes and Gardens was awarded a record 10th Silver Logie for Australia’s Most Popular Lifestyle Program. The series is now in its 18th season.