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.
The sky is the limit for Wanganui Year 12 VCAL student Leigh Polan, 18, who decided to create two posters examining birdlife around the school.
The under 16 Pigeons kick started the YFNC's finals campaign with a resounding victory over the Paul Spargo led Scots College in the Grand Final of the AWJFL Elwyn Langford Shield at the Albury Sports Ground on Sunday.
Greater Shepparton City Council was successful in securing the National Cutting Horse Association Victorian Futurity Cutting Horse Championships for 2014 and 2015, with this year’s event scheduled from September 10-14 at Tatura Park.
An ad for the Healthy Ageing Project will be filmed in Echuca, Rushworth and Rochester today.
More than $15,000 was raised at a family day on Sunday. The event was to raise money for the families of Barry Purtell and Dave Lobb.
Book Week gets colourful turnout.
Deaprtment of Environment and Primary Industries unhappy about Mt Disappointment vandals.
Jerilderie Shire deputy mayor Ruth McRae handed the key over for the new Rural Fire Service station last Friday.
Farmers have a new weapon in the fight against mice.
Cobram kids learn about health with hospital as state-wide obesity campaign is launched.
Murray Irrigation to search for new boss after Anthony Couroupis finishes with the company.
A few anxious customers were outside the closed gates of the failed Bee-Jay Machinery business on Goulburn Valley Hwy in Shepparton on Tuesday morning, wondering what would become of deposits they had paid for tractors and other machinery.
The Benalla Indian Myna Action Group will pay a $1 per bird bounty on live birds delivered to CAL farm. National Party MP Bill Sykes donated $100 to fund the bounty.
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