Garden guru inspires Tatura

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

Michael McCoy, Michael Hatton and in front Tatura Garden Club president Jan Perry.

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.

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