Dream Gardens Season 1

  • Lifestyle, Garden
  • 2016

Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result.

Episodes

Toowoomba, Queensland

Having parents as clients will certainly come with its own challenges and in between his day job landscaper Clint has offered his parents to help them build an extensive kitchen garden. To keep costs down they are challenging themselves to use recycled and reclaimed materials in the ambitious design wherever possible.

30m
Essendon, Victoria

Transforming a botched job is a giant salvage operation. The trust between a client and designer must first be rebuilt before any of the original mistakes can be buried. Can this garden disaster be made to look as if it was meant to be deliberate?

29m
Strath Creek, Victoria

Mother Nature can be your best friend, but she can also be your worst enemy. Stewart and Sandra Hart lost their home, garden and wonderful memories in the devastating Black Saturday bushfires of 2009. As a tribute to the property’s heritage Sandra and Stewart have salvaged some of the old garden’s plants and challenged Paul to incorporate these into the plans. The icing on the cake is a spectacular swimming pool: a source of water for their future bushfire prevention strategy and a place for their grandkids to enjoy long summer days in.

28m
Connells Point, NSW

During the finishing stages of building their dream water front home on Sydney’s George’s River, Mark and Sandra Sader have pressed the green light on a design for their ultimate resort style garden. The plan is to have both house and garden finished at the same time; a good idea, in theory.

30m
Brisbane, Queensland

The dream was to create the new garden with Karen, wife to Roberto and mother to Jordie and Lucca. It was to be the final stage of an ambitious project that had seen them work together to turn a dilapidated house near the Brisbane River into a gorgeous family home. Tragically, just as the house was finished and the garden was starting, Karen lost her fight with cancer. Devastated at their loss but wanting to honour their loved one they hope that a new garden will help them heal and provide a fitting tribute to Karen.

30m
Matcham, NSW

Nestled behind the Central Coast of New South Wales and surrounded by native bushland, is the rural retreat of Phillip and Maria Visalli. Using materials that are sympathetic to the surrounds including sandstone, weathered steel, and decomposed granite they have big plans to transform their land into a minimalist inspired garden. The planting scheme will be ornamental and mature fruit trees will provide instant impact and help frame the view that leads down to a lake.

27m
Avalon, Sydney

Fashion magazine editor Justine Cullen and events organiser Greg Mathew are wildly busy with three young kids and high-pressure jobs that often take them away from home. It’s their dream to have a garden sanctuary to escape, relax and recharge in.

29m
Balwyn, Victoria

Paul and Zoe Mitzi own a fabulous 1920’s art deco home in Melbourne, and they want a garden to match. But creating an ambitious space can take courage and bravery; especially when all of your friends and family think your design plans are crazy. Their dream is made even more challenging by the decision to project manage it themselves, while juggling busy full time jobs and family life with their two teenage kids.

31m

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