Jason Hodges

November 29, 2007, 5:01 pm betterhomesgardens



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.

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  1. Sharon02:39pm Tuesday 01st April 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Jason, What is the name of the breed of your dog, it says a fox terrier, is it crossed with something else?

  2. SHANHUN09:18am Friday 28th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Jason, on the MIFGS episode they showed your entry. I really like the stone look cladding that you used that you said it was as light as Hebel products. If possible I would really like to know more about this product and where it is available from. Most products we have looked at are too heavy for the project we are doing on our house. Hope you can help me out.

  3. Angela06:49am Saturday 15th March 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi there, Jason. I was watching an episode of BH@G today (Sat 15/3/14). As they are repeats, I cannot be sure of the date but you showed how to build a pyramid planter in the garden which my husband and I thought would be wonderful to have in our vegie garden. If you could possibly email me back with specifications and materials, I would be most appreciative. Thanks.........:)

  4. Zia11:46am Tuesday 18th February 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Jason, hope you are doing well. I have built a new house. The last thing left in the new house is landscaping. I am down flat in the ground being over budget everything to build a new house and now I have no significant amount left for landscaping. Can you please give me an idea the cheapest possible way of fixing my front and backyard? I appreciate your time. Cheers and good luck for everything.

  5. Gin09:12pm Friday 07th February 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hello Jason, We live in Adelaide near the foothills, we have a backyard extremely sad and we would like to have some help to make look more appealing for our two kids, me and my wife work and we don't know how to make our backyard child friendly. We are growing a couple of peruvian plants that it took us a long time to find. How can we have your help??? my name is Felix. Thanks a lot

  6. Jennie11:27am Wednesday 22nd January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Jason, I would like to see you do more examples (on the show) for we who are in flats & units - particularly Garden Units. Desperately need advice on a dry-stone wall re-installed badly, needing to be re-done or replaced. Hope you can help. Jennie L (m: 0412 990 124)

  7. Karly06:02pm Saturday 18th January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Jason, We are building in a new development in the Illawarra area and it is a requirement that we plant at least 1 native tree in the front setback and 1 in the backyard. We are finding it very hard to pick something suitable and were hoping you could help. The type of garden we have in mind is a very simple and neat boarder garden with pebbles and small tropical plants so we need to find a native that will not look out of place. The tree needs to have a minimum potting size of 45L (this is the main thing that has us stumped!). We do have one side of the front yard which the corner block backs onto with a fence along this side so if we find a native that will work well with a few planted along to screen the fence and maybe even something that can be pruned into a hedge that would be great. We would prefer something with a nice simple or small flower and it is a north facing block so the tree would be in full sun most of the time. Thanks Karly

  8. JOSIE01:45pm Friday 17th January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    HI Jason, We have just bought a little old Californian bungalow. My husband is a pizza chef so is not very handy around the yard. Our washing line hangs from the fence which is great, but all the grass underneath is dying from standing on it. We would love you to do a backyard makeover!! And front yard for that matter. You and the rest of the BHG team are fabulous. Regards Josie

  9. Lyn01:01pm Friday 17th January 2014 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Jason,I have a small back yard grass will only grow at one end .I have put down crushed brick at the other end. Is there any way to stop it moving? Lyn

  10. Jeff08:04pm Monday 30th December 2013 ESTReport Abuse

    Hi Jason, love watching you with your great ideas! Would like to ask your advice please...we have an area out on the front area where the spare cars park and now there is no longer any lawn. We would like to dig out the bits n pieces of grass and replace with something that is like gravel but will set with water so it wont run away with the rain. I saw one of your segments and cannot recall what exactly you used...cracker dust?? Thank you and I look forward to hearing from you soon With warm regards Desiree


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