Eion Scarrow was running a gardening centre in Hamilton when he realised he knew more about gardening than the TV presenter he was helping out. Soon he took over the show. Four years later Scarrow began hosting Dig This, NZ's first national gardening show. From his Avalon studio garden base, he was a green-fingered telly guide for 11 years. The prolific writer of more than 20 books passed away on Anzac Day 2013.
I’ve been to 98 countries just looking at gardens. For instance, I’ve been to Japan about six times and I studied bonsai under one of the top bonsai masters. He had a little cane and every time I got something wrong he’d whack me across the knuckles! Eion Scarrow, interviewed for website Rural Living