Hundreds of people packed into the Ballantyne Centre to hear acclaimed landscape designer Michael McCoy speak about revitalising tired gardens at Tatura Garden Club’s annual seminar.June 12, 2014 3:55am
Mr McCoy has designed gardens for high profile figures such as former prime minster Paul Keating, restaurant critic Leo Schofield and trucking magnate Lindsay Fox.
He said he hoped to inspire the room of green thumbs to ask more from their gardens.
‘‘The subject matter was teaching an old garden new tricks and how to make sure an established garden is still exciting them,’’ he said.
‘‘It’s too easy to get complacement, we need to get used to asking more from our garden and to get rid of stuff that doesn’t interest us anymore and replace it with things that excite us.’’
He said age should not be a barrier to creative gardening.
‘‘The older people become the easier it is to think, ‘I won’t change that I’ll just leave it’. If you’re getting tired of something just get rid of it and try something new,’’ Mr McCoy said.
Mr McCoy featured on ABC’s Gardening Australia on May 31 where he discussed his use of perennials.
‘‘Perennials are being used worldwide now. It’s all about textures and forms and seed heads — the old ideas of staking flowers have all gone — it’s all about things that look good pre-flowering, during flowering and post flowering, right through into decay,’’ Michael said.
Garden Club president Jan Perry said 210 people, some from as far as the Melbourne suburb of Pakenham and Deniliquin, attended the talk.
Hafizullah Mohaqiq was born in Afghanistan, spent periods living in Pakistan and Iran, before arriving in Shepparton two months ago.
The Mulwala Lions had satisfying and hard fought win, in difficult conditions, against last year’s grand finalists at Lonsdale Reserve on Saturday.
The Fairley Leadership Program met in Tatura on Wednesday, exploring ‘Water and our catchment’ at Goulburn Murray Water.
Road authorities have made little progress to fixing Echuca’s most dangerous intersections.
Lockington Vintage Tractor and Stationary Engine Rally is on for the 18th time this weekend and there is something for everyone.
Kyabram and District Sportstar of the Year nominations finalised
Three local clubs get together at Kings Park.
Tributes flow for Finley's inspiring mother, friend and farming advocate Jennifer Hawkins
A visit by Coliban Water to Heathcote last week provided residents with a chance to quiz staff about water and sewer services.
A new book, Men from the River Bends, honours Cobram-Barooga and district soldiers who paid the ultimate sacrifice after enlisting in World War 1.
Deniliquin bowler Dennis O'Keefe lost 25-19 in his bid for a quarter-final spot in the Victorian Singles Championships this week.
Widespread rain late last week and on Saturday put a smile on the faces of farmers preparing to sow crops or waiting for weeds to emerge on early-sown rye-grass.
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