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.
For tree changers Michael and Rosi Kenny home is an 1890’s homestead just south of Toowoomba in Queensland, it’s an idyllic rural setting with cows and horses roaming freely across their acreage. Both share a dream of being able to live off the land by adopting a ‘grow it, eat it, live it’ ethos. But being surrounded by dry, rock hard paddocks means building a large self-sustaining kitchen garden will be easier said than done, and that’s all before you’ve tried to grow your own food under the intense Queensland sun.
Dream Gardens ep. 1
Luckily for them this garden build will be a family affair because their son Clint is a local landscape designer. Based on his parent’s wish list he has drawn up the plans including numerous raised beds, a conservatory, water feature and orchard. The garden will be separated from the spectacular landscape by a wall hugged with fruit bushes.
Having parents as clients will certainly come with its own challenges and in between his day job Clint has offered to help them build the extensive kitchen garden. To keep costs down they are challenging themselves to use recycled and reclaimed materials in the ambitious design wherever possible.
Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy in Dream Gardens ep. 1 as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result.
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.