Gardening for Kids with Madi

Gardening for Kids with Madi (called Madi's Garden on Discovery Kids Asia) is an Australian series of shorts for preschoolers. It is a follow-up to Cooking for Kids with Luis from the same creators (Luis also appeared in some of the episodes). The shorts are about a green-fingered girl named Madi who teaches viewers how to garden.[2] Madi loves gardening because she likes to learn about different plants.

Gardening for Kids with Madi
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GenreChildren's television series
Created byPhillip Tanner
StarringMadison de Sousa
Theme music composerAngela Little
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20
ProducersDina Panozzo
Jason Critelli
EditorsEnzo Tedeschi
Hayley Lake
Christopher Mill
Running time5 minutes
Production companiesTotal Perception
Nickelodeon Australia
Original networkNick Jr. Australia
Original release16 September 2006 (2006-09-16)[1] –
2008 (2008)
Preceded byCooking for Kids with Luis
Related showsAll for Kids
External links

The first short aired in 2006 on Nick Jr. Australia. Later on, new shorts with Madi were made for the All for Kids show on the Seven Network.[3] The gardening segments from All for Kids were then broadcast on Nick Jr. Australia beginning on December 29, 2008.

In 2007, the show won the ASTRA Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program.[4]


One season of 20 episodes was made.[5]


  • Tools for the Garden - Madi shows viewers the essential tools of gardening.
  • Grow Your Own Salad - Madi shows viewers how to plant a vegetable patch.
  • Rock Garden for a Rock Concert - Madi builds a rock garden for a blue-tongued lizard.
  • At the Nursery - Madi visits her favorite nursery.
  • Making Compost - Madi explains what compost is, and how it helps gardens.
  • Working Bee - Madi's friends Aisling and Niamh need her help making a garden.
  • Big Ideas for a Little Garden - Madi helps make a garden small enough for an apartment.
  • Botanic Gardens Adventure - Madi and her cousin Naomi visit the Botanic Gardens.
  • Sandpit for Conor - Madi's friend Conor wants to recreate the beach in his backyard.
  • Off to the Show - Madi and Naomi visit a fair to find the perfect plant.
  • Native Plants - Madi visits a native plant nursery and finds a rare Wollomi Pine.
  • Cubby with Dad and Cam - Madi's brother and father join her in making a cubby.
  • Worm Farm - Madi creates her own worm farm and gets new earthworm pets.
  • Herbs Herbs Herbs - Madi buys a variety of herbs and shows viewers how to plant them.
  • The Great Glass Pyramid - Madi takes Naomi to a greenhouse to see exotic orchids.
  • Garden for the School Yard - Madi convinces her class to help create a new school garden.
  • Rabbit Hutch for Starsky - Madi builds a portable hutch for her pet rabbit, Starsky.
  • Flower Market - Madi visits the flower market early in the morning.
  • A Visit to the Orchard - Madi goes to a fruit orchard to pick persimmons.
  • Bird Bath - Madi gets a birdbath for her friend Rachel, whose yard is home to many birds.


The series aired on Nick Jr. Australia in its country of origin. It also aired on TVOntario in Canada[6] and Discovery Kids in Asia.


The program was nominated for two ASTRA Awards in 2007, winning the ASTRA for Most Outstanding Children's Program.[4] Madi was nominated as Most Outstanding Television Presenter.[7] Editor Enzo Tedeschi received an Australian Screen Editors nomination in 2008 for his work on the show,[8] in the "Best Editing in a Non-Drama Television Programme" category.[9]

External linksEdit


  1. ^ "Total Perception Works". Total Perception. Archived from the original on 9 May 2007.CS1 maint: unfit URL (link)
  2. ^ "Kids pick up stuff from TV, so make it something useful". Female Magazine. 2006.
  3. ^ Sally Rope (20 November 2008). "The kids are doing it for themselves". The Age.
  4. ^ a b Pip Bulbeck (24 April 2007). "Nickelodeon dominates ASTRA Awards". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ "Nick Jr. Gardening for Kids with Madi". Archived from the original on 13 July 2011.
  6. ^ "TVOKids Schedule - August 2005". TVOKids. Archived from the original on 29 November 2005. Retrieved 12 March 2016.
  7. ^ "2006 ASTRA nominees". TV Tonight.
  8. ^ "Men's Group, Rogue nominated for Australian Screen Editors Awards". Inside Film Magazine.
  9. ^ "Australian Screen Editors Awards 2008". Australian Screen Editors.