Showing posts with label garden design. Show all posts
Showing posts with label garden design. Show all posts

Dream Gardens ep.7

Justine and Greg are busy with three 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. Can they find sanity from the insanity?


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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.7
Dream Gardens ep.7

Gardeners' World ep.3 2017

Monty starts his plans for his revamped courtyard garden when he plants bare root trees and gives advice on climbers which will thrive on east-facing walls.Nick Bailey explores the strange world of lichens and finds out how these plants grow and thrive on trees, wood and stone, and Frances Tophill meets the enthusiastic gardeners of Barbados who fill their gardens, however small, with colour, foliage and world-class flowers.And as part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Rachel de Thame reveals the plant she thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.



Gardening tips:
1. Pleached walks, tunnels and arbours
Pleaching is a method of training trees to produce a narrow screen or hedge by tying in and interlacing flexible young shoots along a supporting framework. Use this technique to make walks, arbours, tunnels and arches.
2. Planting: Trees and shrubs
Planting new trees and shrubs is not a difficult job, but one to get right, if you want your new plants to have the best start in life. The most important considerations are root health, weather, soil conditions and aftercare.
3. Grow Your Own: Tomatoes
Growing your own tomatoes is simple and just a couple of plants will reward you with plenty of delicious tomatoes in the summer. There are all kinds of tomatoes to try, from the tiniest cherry types, favourites with children, through to full-flavoured giant beefsteak tomatoes. Tomatoes come in all kinds of colours too.
4. Sowing indoors:
Sowing seeds indoors allows tender plants to be started off earlier in the season. When they have grown into young plants, they can be planted outside in the garden or vegetable plot once the weather is warm enough.

Gardeners' World ep.3 2017
Gardeners' World ep.3 2017

Gardeners' World ep.2 2017

Monty Don is mulching the borders in preparation for spring and potting up dahlias for the year ahead.Carol Klein celebrates her plant of the month - the daffodil - while Frances Tophill is brushing up on her horticultural skills as a volunteer at Andromeda Botanic Gardens in Barbados.
As part of the programme's 50th anniversary, Nick Bailey reveals the plant he thinks has had the most impact on British gardens over the last half century.


Gardening tips:
1. Mulches and mulching
Mulching is generally used to improve the soil around plants, but it also gives your garden a neat, tidy appearance and can reduce the amount of time spent on tasks such as watering and weeding. Mulches help soil retain moisture in summer, prevent weeds from growing and protect the roots of plants in winter.
2. Bulbs
Drifts of daffodils, snowdrops and crocus in open grass are one of the classic signs of spring. Although they look like the work of nature, they are simple to create and will last for many years.
3. Rose pruning: general tips
These general tips for rose pruning will help you improve the health and lifespan of any rose.
4. Ornamental grasses: cutting back
Ornamental grasses fall into two main groups, evergreen and deciduous. Deciduous grasses need cutting back annually so that they will look their best. Evergreens just require a tidy-up.

Gardeners' World ep.2 2017
Gardeners' World ep.2 2017

Gardeners' World ep.1 2017

  Over the year, Gardeners' World is celebrating 50 years of broadcasting timely advice and inspiration to the nation's gardeners.
Monty kicks off the gardening year from Longmeadow as he shares his tips for pruning, planting up pots for spring colour and sharing his plans for the coming year.


 At Packwood House, the extraordinary herbaceous borders come under Adam Frost's scrutiny as he finds out how they have been planted for maximum colour and impact.
Over the series, Carol Klein shares with us some of her heroes of gardening, the people who have impacted the way we garden for the last 50 years. She begins with Beth Chatto.

1. Bedding plants and displays
From elaborate public garden designs and street planters to the smallest front garden, bedding plants provide a temporary decorative seasonal display for beds, borders, containers and hanging baskets. Bedding can be grown from seed, bought as young seedlings (plug plants) or purchased as pot-grown specimens, often in multi-packs and cellular trays, ready for planting.
2. A Quick Guide to Clematis Pruning
There is a very simple rule of thumb that can be applied to pruning clematis if you have lost a plant label and/or don't know what the plant is called.
Don't prune clematis which flower on the previous year's growth (ie before June in central England)
Hard prune clematis which flower on the current year's growth (ie from June onward)
As always, there are exceptions to the rule but they are few. If you garden further north in the British Isles or elsewhere in the Northern Hemisphere you need to adjust pruning times accordingly. If you live in the Southern Hemisphere your adjustment needs to take account of the reversed seasons.
3. Grapes: indoor cultivation
Although some varieties of dessert grapes can be grown successfully outdoors, they are more successful under glass, even in warmer locations. With a little attention to watering, feeding, pruning and training, it is possible to get a good crop year after year.

Gardeners' World ep.1 2017
Gardeners' World ep.1 2017

Dream Gardens ep.6

Phillip and Maria are awaiting the birth of their first child and the creation of a lakeside garden. Sounds idyllic, right? However, delays, bad weather & budget constraints conspire to keep the expecting couple ever waiting.


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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.6
Dream Gardens ep.6

Dream Gardens ep.5

After tragically losing their wife & mother to cancer Roberto & his two children are hoping that the transformation of their garden will not only bring them healing but also create an everlasting tribute to their loved one.


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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.5
Dream Gardens ep.5

Dream Gardens ep.4

A couple dream of a waterfront home with a resort style garden. They also dream of both jobs finishing at the same time. They've greenlit work on the garden while the house is still under construction. A good idea, in theory.


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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.4
Dream Gardens ep.4


Dream Gardens ep.3

Stewart & Sandra lost their home & garden in the devastating 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. Now it's time to start again with a spectacular new garden designed by one of Australia's most well-known designers, Paul Bangay.


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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.3
Dream Gardens ep.3 

Dream Gardens ep.2

Presenter Michael McCoy visits Frank and Mary-Anne D'Aquila from Essendon, Victoria, who are in pursuit of a family garden complete with pool, plants and an entertaining space.


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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.2
Dream Gardens ep.2

Dream Gardens ep.1

This new Australian series begins with a rural Queensland couple's journey to transform a rock hard paddock into an ambitious and extensive kitchen garden so that they can live out their "grow it, eat it, live it" dream.


 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.
 What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil; what dreams do they satisfy? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC's other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
 The host is the ebullient Michael McCoy, a garden designer and writer. McCoy has a degree in botany, long experience as a hands-on gardener and sought-after garden designer, and a passionate curiosity about what makes good garden design work. He's empathetic, enthusiastic and opinionated - the perfect guide to lead viewers around eight gardens-in-the-making.

Dream Gardens ep.1
Dream Gardens ep.1 

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6

Monty Don helps gardeners transform their outdoor spaces. Monty visits two sets of ambitious gardeners, each facing challenges on a very different scale.

This time, our two gardeners each living on their own are hoping Monty can help them bring something special to their small spaces. In Blackpool, young accountant Alex dreams of turning her boring back yard into a magical enchanted forest, complete with fairy lights and luscious woodland plants. Monty comes up with a big and daring idea and to illustrate his point, sends Alex to visit the ancient trees of Holker Hall in Cumbria. But will this young dreamer feel Monty's suggestion is too ambitious to take on?

In Bristol, Ross has taken on a very overgrown allotment. But with no experience of growing edibles, he is feeling overwhelmed. A few months before, he had lost his job, broken up with his partner and found himself with nowhere to live.


Now, happily, Ross's life is getting back on track - he has got a job and a flat. With his newly acquired allotment, he wants a space to relax in as much as a vegetable garden. Can Monty help Ross build up his confidence as well as his gardening know-how and build his dream outside space?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.6

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5

Monty Don helps gardeners transform their outdoor spaces. Monty visits two sets of ambitious gardeners, each facing challenges on a very different scale.


One is a tiny urban courtyard in Hackney. Its owners, Karla and Stuart, dream of transforming it into a miniature urban jungle, inspired by Karla's childhood in the Philippines. With Monty's encouragement and a visit to tropical garden in Leeds their hopes run high. But can they ever squeeze all their ideas into their tiny space?

Monty is also called in to help a whole community create the outdoor area of their dreams. It's the play area for a local primary school in Bury, Lancashire. Three mothers with children at the school are keen to make the most of this valuable asset, dreaming of a play space, a wildlife area and a place to grow vegetables and herbs. But with no serious gardening experience, and the hopes of the children and village at stake, can they every create something which will please everyone?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.5

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.4

Costa shows us how to bring balance and harmony to our gardens by visiting Cowra's magnificent Japanese Garden and transforming a suburban front yard into a Japanese-inspired sanctuary.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.



Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.4
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.4

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.3

On a pilgrimage to reconnect with his childhood passion for cherries, Costa visits Young, Australia's cherry capital, and investigates why cherries and other produce do so well in the area.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.3
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.3

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.2

Costa visits Brisbane to share inspiring stories from one of the most severely drought affected cities in Australia.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.2
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.2

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.1

Costa travels to Dromana to show us how we can create beautiful and sustainable gardens from fruit and vegetable plants.
Costa's Garden Odyssey is an Australian television gardening program hosted by landscape architect Costa Georgiadis. Costa takes a holistic approach to gardening and horticulture, emphasising the importance of water and its management and the benefits of sustainable living. Costa spreads his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community.


Costa is a man of the people. A man who can connect with all. His infectious character and passion for his subject puts people at ease and makes them shine. A Landscape Architect with an all-consuming passion for plants and people - Costa knows how to find the best in both of them, and takes great pleasure in bringing them together. Costa’s Garden Odyssey is a groundbreaking magazine style series that allows this unique Greek Garden Guru an opportunity to do what he does best - spread his green wisdom while communicating with people and celebrating cultures and community in a way never seen before on Australian television.

In Series 2 of Costa’s Garden Odyssey, Costa continues his exploration of the urban gardens and rural landscapes of Australia, and the passionate people and communities who nurture them. Along the way he unearths insights, approaches, outlooks, tips and techniques that will inform, delight and inspire. Series 2 also sees Costa introduce the Backyard Revolution, his step by step guide to creating an ideal backyard that is productive, practical, pleasurable and completely eco-efficient. Get your hands in the soil with Costa – he’ll bring out the best in your garden, and you!

Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.1
Costa's Garden Odyssey ep.1 

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This week, he comes to the rescue of two couples in need of help transforming their rubble-filled back gardens into havens of peace and tranquillity.


In north London, Ian and Rose have recently moved into their new basement home and are hoping to create a wildlife-friendly space. Currently it is a building site - neglected by previous owners. They also need expert advice since their plot is surrounded by four large trees blocking a lot of natural sunlight. Even if they manage to clear their space, can they ever create the garden of their dreams? They are in serious need of help and advice, but can Monty set them on the right track?

Meanwhile in Stockport, Jo and Steve's equally large garden has become a dump as they build a new extension. The couple lead busy working lives with Jo travelling the globe as an air hostess and Steve working long night shifts at a bakery. Their longed-for dream is a haven to relax and get away from it all in. The problem is Jo has so many exciting ideas about what she wants to do and Steve is rather more pragmatic. Can Monty help the couple work out the best of their ideas and give them the advice they need to get going?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.4


Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of gardeners who have unimaginable ambitions for their outdoor spaces.
In Essex, Denise has never ventured beyond the decking area behind her house.


But she dreams of having an altogether dreamlike garden, including building the ruins of a mill to remind her of her childhood. Her husband Dave isn't quite as enthusiastic about any of it, not least the amount of work involved, so Monty is called in to mediate.
Meanwhile in Ipswich, father-and-daughter team Rob and Jo run a family charity together and are no strangers to hard labour. It's just as well, because their plan to build a productive terraced allotment on a treacherously steep slope in the middle of a wooded wasteland leaves Monty lost for words. But with a bit of advice and the help of an army of volunteers, can they go from mad to possible?

Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3
Big Dreams Small Spaces ep.3 


Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2

Monty Don travels around the country helping amateurs to create the garden of their dreams. This time, Monty meets two sets of ambitious amateur gardeners who have huge ambitions for their outdoor spaces.


In Leyton, Tariq and Sairah want to turn their dumping ground of a back yard into a sumptuous award-winning garden, suitable for entertaining friends and family. Both have competitive jobs in the banking sector and are used to winning at work but when it comes to gardening, they don't know where to begin. With an inspirational trip to the gardening event of the year, the Chelsea Flower Show, Monty tried to put them on the fast track to developing their own personal style but can they put the work in to earn the approval of the country's top gardener?

Meanwhile in Bath, Ant and Jake want to replicate the Japanese gardens they have visited all over the world and set themselves the added challenge of creating three very different sections in their L-shaped plot. However, after a visit from Monty, events take a dramatic turn when they discover an underlying problem with their soil that calls for an extreme solution. Will they be able to complete their dream garden on time and on budget?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2
Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.2 

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.1 - Brighton/High Wycombe

Monty Don comes to the rescue of two sets of gardeners in desperate need of feel-good spaces. In Brighton, determined duo Helen and Dax have their hands full with twins, one of whom has special needs. Their current garden is a building site, but armed with advice from Monty they attack the challenge head on. With so many requirements from one small space, it feels their garden might burst at the seams. A trip to the Chelsea Flower Show soon has them focused on what's really important, but do they have enough energy left to get the work done?


Meanwhile in High Wycombe, newly single Valerie is looking for a fresh lease of life, but her 'concrete driveway' of a garden has brought her plans to an abrupt halt, as she has no idea how to plant in or on it! A visit to an inspirational pottery puts her back on track, but with so many choices can Valerie decide on the right ones?

Big Dreams Small Spaces Series 3 Ep.1 - Brighton/High Wycombe
Big Dreams Small Spaces - Brighton/High Wycombe