Dream Gardens ep 4: during the finishing stages of building their dream water front home on Sydney’s George’s River, Mark and Sandra Sader have pressed the green light on a design for their ultimate resort style garden. The plan is to have both house and garden finished at the same time; a good idea, in theory.
They quickly learn that you can’t put plants in the ground when building contractors are spraying concrete and trampling through site. The weeks turn to months, the finishing line chops and changes and so do the plans for the design.
Dream Gardens ep 4
If this job is to finish on time the relationship between the designer and the client is crucial; during the creation of this dream garden, designer Michael Bates, Mark and Sandra face many challenges.
This is a story all about relationships: the relationships between the builders and landscapers, the client and designer, a house and a garden. Can all of these survive so Mark and Sandra get their dream home and garden they so desperately crave?
Join leading landscape designer Michael McCoy as he showcases some of Australia’s most lavish and magnificent gardens from the first spade hitting the ground to the incredible end result. What does it mean to make a garden? What longings do gardens fulfil ? These are the question at the heart of a new show, Dream Gardens, launching on ABC TV this week. Eschewing how-to tips on growing plants (done so well by ABC’s other garden offering, Gardening Australia), this is a show that looks instead at what we want from gardens and how clever garden design can deliver it.
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.