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THE ESTABLISHED GARDEN

Series 1 · Episode 1

It’s long been thought that established gardens need less work than a blank canvas when it comes to design – not true. Sometimes it can be more difficult deciding what works and what doesn’t, and learning to let go, rather than starting fresh. Married couple Lynne and Graham bought their 1880’s workers cottage in 1978 and have been enjoying their garden ever since. But Lynne’s eclectic style and love of all things green has resulted in a garden that’s more than a little out of control. Filled with exotics, the west facing garden is lovely in summer but very bleak in winter. And though they’d never really considered water conservation before, Lynne and Graham realise that it might be time to go native. They need Brendan to help them tame the beast they’ve created and turn it into a well designed – water wise garden.
 
 

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Posted by alan • 7y ago • Report
watched your show tonight thought it was going to look a bit out there and not suitable to the house ..not ..great job on that AAA
** the one above if you looked straight at it with out thinking it resembles a Japanese feel but 5 sec's later when you see it check the detail and appreciate every feature it's aussie clean & crisp and relaxing...absolutely love every thing about it especially all the colours...great show too, will inform others about it ..(congrat's. Alan)
Posted by trieshardgardener • 7y ago • Report
there didn't appear to be enough shade, did I miss it? It also seemed to be very expensive. did it really cost $30,000, some break down of prices would be useful?
Posted by roary54 • 7y ago • Report
I was surprised that the garden needed an irrigation system. I was quite dismayed when Brendan said that if the rain water tank was empty the irrigation system would revert to mains supply and come on twice a week in line with restrictions.I thought that the idea of using native plants was that they would survive on little water - plants such as bottlebrush and grevillia in my garden survived the drought and are now thriving again.
I thought that this show would highlight how we could have a garden that would not require wartering twice a week. Australian natives have survived in our environment for centuries with the extremes of weather we exprience.
The design was good but overall I was disappointed with the show
Posted by Zani • 7y ago • Report
Awesome - to change from what it was where everywhere was the same overgrown jungle with nothing distinguishing to be so enticing, eye-catching and intriguing. No wonder they were delighted to get a place that can be part of their living style and space.
Posted by Cheryle • 7y ago • Report
This garden is just terrific, it is a garden that hjas personal meaning and style and the colours used are bright cheerful and easy to live with . Well Done. Cheryle Kyneton Victoria