On Dream Gardens, landscape designer, Michael McCoy, follows the journeys of homeowners as they strive to transform their outside spaces into their own personal retreats.
In each episode, one set of homeowners takes on a landscaping project that we get to see them manage from concept to completion. Working with the best of the best in gardens design, we get to see them battle the weather, absent tradies, shifting design visions and budget blowouts.
Alongside the design evolution there is also a personal journey for the garden owners. Across the series all of the stories highlight the lengths that people are prepared to go both financially and emotionally to get their ultimate garden.
25-31 May: Episode 6
Lawyers, Stuart and Monique Cormack, own a terrace house in Sydney’s cosmopolitan suburb of Alexandria and are desperate to reinvent their tiny, neglected backyard.
They dream of a seamless blend between indoor and out. A place where Stuart can entertain friends and family and Monique can relax and grow vegetables. But with a small house comes an even smaller garden.
They have just 40 square metres to play with so every decision counts. A clear and simple design is critical to ensure they don’t end up with a cramped, busy site. Will their big dreams fit their pint-sized, inner-city terrace garden?
Episode 7 – Kyneton
Vaun and Martin Monk own a standard suburban project home in the country town of Kyneton, Victoria. They yearn to transform their bland backyard into a private retreat. A difficult job when it’s directly overlooked by the neighbours two storey house.
Fortunately, both their son and daughter-in-law are landscape architects and they’ve come up with a daring design. Reimaging traditional garden rooms into a contemporary walled space.
Sloping burnt orange walls, steel mesh clothed in climbers, apertures that frame views beyond and a collection of rocks as art. But will the confronting, bold style prove too much for this conservative couple or will they succeed in transforming their bland backyard into a striking sculptural showcase?
Episode 8 – Strath Creek Revisited
Stewart and Sandra Hart’s house and garden in country Victoria was destroyed in Australia’s worst ever recorded bush fires. Courageously they decide to embark on a new project just a few kilometres down the road at Waiora.
This is no easy fix. The existing garden is overgrown and random, disguising rather than showcasing the spectacular country views. Then there’s the challenge of ensuring the house and garden are protected from the ever-present threat of bush fire.
The couple call on one of Australia’s leading landscape designers, Paul Bangay to help realise their family orientated country garden which includes a swimming pool, dining area and lawn bordered by swathes of perennials.
Three years later Michael McCoy returns to see if their new garden has helped heal the scars of the past.